GLENDALE, Ariz. Raffi Torres could only watch as Marian Hossa turned the Coyotes home opener in the Blackhawks favor with a give-and-go goal in the second period Sunday night at Jobing.com Arena.
Maybe you believe that was karma. Nine months earlier, Torres may have turned a first-round playoff series in the Coyotes favor when he leveled Hossa with an open-ice hit that drew a 25-game suspension (later reduced to 21 games) for head-hunting.
Some critics argued that Torres should have had to sit out until Hossa returned from a severe concussion that would have sidelined him for the start of this season. The lockout took care of that logistic, pushing the seasons start date back and allowing Hossa to heal while also pushing back Torres return date to Feb. 2 against Dallas.
After being introduced as part of the Coyotes unveiling of the Pacific Division title banner at Jobing.com Arena, Torres went back to the locker room while Hossa went back to work, scoring two goals in Chicagos ...