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.
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The NHL has suspended Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres 25 games for his hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series.
Torres had his disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Friday in New York. After the hit, Torres was suspended indefinitely until the ruling was issued Saturday.
Torres left his feet on a late open-ice...
CHICAGO -- Forward Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely, pending an in-person hearing on Friday, the NHLs Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday. The hearing, which had been planned for Wednesday, was deferred at the request of the player and the National Hockey League Players' Association.
The hearing will be convened at the NHL's New York office for a...
Phoenix Coyote winger Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely, pending a hearing, by the NHL for his hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marion Hossa during Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Torres will mis Game 4 on Thursday. Hossa has also been ruled out for Game 4 and no timetable is set for his return.
The hearing will take place at the NHL's New...
Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was fined $10,000 for criticizing the officiating in Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Quenneville was livid that officials did not call a penalty on Phoenix's Raffi Torres after he delivered a shoulder-to-head hit on Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa.
Hossa was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to the hospital...
Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely, pending an in-person hearing Friday, the National Hockey Leauge's Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.The hearing was deferred at the request of Torres and the National Hockey League Players' Association.Torres left his feet and blasted Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa with his shoulder in the...
NEW YORK—Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely, pending an in-person hearing Friday, April 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The hearing, which had been planned for today, was deferred at the request of the player and the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
The hearing will be convened at the...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Mikkel Boedker scored in overtime for the second straight game and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.
Boedker skated ahead of defenseman Nick Leddy and shoveled the puck under goalie Corey Crawford at 2:15 in the fourth straight game that has gone to an extra period.
Game 5 is Saturday...
The NHL finally made a decision that the majority of hockey fans will be pleased with. They've been criticized repeatedly for their action, or inaction, when it comes to handling player discipline. The most obvious was the blunder with Shea Weber, where the Nashville defenseman received a tiny $2,500 fine for smashing a player's head into the glass.
Naturally, fans feared...
Mike Quigley is a Democrat and member of the House of Representatives — 5th Congressional District. He’s also a Blackhawks fan and hockey player. He used his pulpit to have some fun regarding the Raffi Torres hit on Marian Hossa that put Hossa in the hospital and Torres on indefinite suspension. “As the founder and [...]
The Phoenix Coyotes have lost players to injuries and suspensions. They get off to slow starts, give up goals late in regulation. Nothing ever seems to be easy.
So how do they handle the adversity? Shrug their shoulders and grit their teeth.
Buoyed by a band-together resiliency that comes with having no real star players and an uncertain future in the desert, Phoenix has scrapped...
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