Punishment for Torres Must Be Swift, Severe

Punishment for Torres Must Be Swift, Severe

For minutes that seemed like hours for Blackhawks teammates and fans Tuesday night at the United Center, Marian Hossa lay on the ice, a victim.

Not a hockey player felled in the spirit of healthy competition but a victim of the thuggery that continues to mar the NHL playoffs. With 8 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first period of Game 3, with malicious intent no alibi can mask, Coyotes goon Raffi Torres committed an indefensible act with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in the audience. Torres left his feet and thrust his left shoulder under the chin of Hossa with enough force to knock one of the strongest Hawks players flat on his back.

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