CHICAGO In three games of the Coyotes-Blackhawks first-round playoff series, weve had three overtimes, two-game tying goals in the final minute of play, 14 different goal scorers and 124 saves from Phoenix goalie Mike Smith on 132 shots.
Normally, those would be dominant storylines. In this series, theyre window dressing.
When the Blackhawks and Coyotes spoke to the media following Wednesdays practice at the United Center, all anybody wanted to ask them about was Phoenix forward Raffi Torres impending suspension for an open-ice hit on Chicago forward Marian Hossa in Game 3.
Unfortunately for the league, that storyline is playing out at arenas all over North America. Through Tuesday, there had been eight suspensions in the 2012 playoffs first round (Torres will make nine), more than the total from the entire 2011 postseason.
Theres things that should not be happening, Chicago forward Andrew Brunette said. Its not just last night, its been all through this playoff season. Obviou...