Originally written on centericechat.com  |  Last updated 10/22/14
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes didn’t finish Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals without an extension of the tension that has boiled over the last few days. This time around, however, it was a routine drop of the gloves, which, actually, hasn’t been a routine at all in this series. It comes from unfamiliar land as Andrew Shaw was slapped with a three-game suspension after unintentionally running over Mike Smith and after Raffi Torres ran through Marian Hossa in previous games. Paul Bissonnette and Brandon Bollig squared off at centre ice within just six minutes of Thursday’s game. And momentum never seemed to sway after the scrum, but it did leave a reminder that Bissonnette is just as capable as Torres is in throwing some weight around as an enforcer. Meanwhile, Bollig racked up 17 American Hockey League fights and eight more in the National Hockey League, just this season. Bollig is 7-1 in fights, according to HockeyFights.com polls. Apparently Bissonnette was too much to handle, and, quite possibly, Phoenix coach Dave Tippett may need to tap into his grinders more often to keep the Chicago enforcers in check for the remainder of the series. Matthew Wilson is editor of Center Ice Chat. Follow him on Twitter @Mattjw24. Be sure to also Like us on Facebook and to Follow our Tumblr page. If you'd like to contribute, or appear as a guest columnist, please email us at CenterIceChat@gmail.com.
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