Winning Is Blackhawks' Best Retaliation

Winning Is Blackhawks' Best Retaliation

If the Blackhawks truly want to retaliate Thursday night for Raffi Torres' dirty hit on Marian Hossa, the most satisfying method will be measured on the scoreboard and not in the penalty box.

Hurting a Coyote won't necessarily help the Hawks.

As tempted as sniper Brandon Bollig might feel to take a shot at unsuspecting Coyotes captain Shane Doan, the best way for the Hawks to get even will be eventually getting rid of a team that gets more grating with every faceoff. One game after full-time goaltender and part-time actor Mike Smith flopped after colliding with Andrew Shaw, Torres flipped out in attacking Hossa — a hockey thespian and a thug defining a series that suddenly got personal for the Hawks.

The league suspending Torres indefinitely seemed fair, provided that indefinite means mid-October. The hit to Hossa's head was so egregious that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell probably felt like fining Torres based on principle.

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