The hit that Raffi Torres put on Marian Hossa during game three of the first round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes was unprecedented. The hit concussed Hossa and knocked him out for the rest of the Blackhawks' time in the playoffs. It was high, it was malicious, and Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan didn't tolerate it. Shanahan doled out a 25 game suspension effective for the rest of the playoffs and the 2012-2013 regular season; Torres promptly appealed this suspension. Few thought it had a chance of getting lessened. After all, Torres had a reputation for undisciplined play, and this hit was particularly vicious.
Enter Gary Bettman. In a move obviously not designed to endear himself to Blackhawk fans or the fans in the league who don't already dislike him, Bettman lessened the suspension to 21 games, overriding Shanahan and upholding the NHLPA appeal.