Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/18/12
CHICAGO Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didnt mince his words. "The refereeing tonight was a disgrace, he said following the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 overtime win Tuesday at United Center. He intentionally cast a blanket over the entire performance, but his ire was sparked by one particular play. Midway through the first period, Coyotes forward Raffi Torres lined up Chicago star winger Marian Hossa with an open-ice hit on which Torres clearly left his feet, catching Hossa in the head with his shoulder and knocking him violently to the ice after the puck had cleared the area. No penalty was called on the play a point of hot contention with Quenneville who couldnt believe all four officials missed it. Hossa lay on the ice for a lengthy period of time before he was carried off on a stretcher with his neck in a brace. He was taken via ambulance to a nearby hospital. It was a brutal hit, Quenneville said. You could have a multiple-choice question, and its all of the above. The Blackhawks released a statement after the game saying an evaluation at Northwestern Memorial hospital yielded encouraging results on Hossa. He has been released from the hospital, and we are monitoring him closely at home, the release read. We anticipate a full recovery in a timetable yet to be determined. It was no surprise that the Coyotes circled the wagons to protect their player after the game. Thats what the word team is about. Coach Dave Tippett said he hadnt seen the hit on video yet, and he wouldnt worry about losing Torres to a suspension until he had to. Captain Shane Doan said he was told the hit wasnt that big of a deal. But Tippett uttered the very words that will likely doom Torres mere hours earlier when he addressed Chicago forward Andrew Shaws hit on goalie Mike Smith behind the net in Game 2. Its the exact hit theyre trying to take out of the game, Tippett said. So was Torres hit. He may have intended it as a hockey play, as he said. He may have felt genuine remorse when he said: I hope hes all right. But leaving your feet is a big no-no in the NHL. So is a shot to the head. This is how concussions occur, and concussions, as we are becoming increasingly aware, are a very big deal. When pondering what league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will do, put aside his inconsistencies thus far in the postseason and focus on this: Torres has an unsavory history that will work overtime against him. There are also those two very visible infractions leaving his feet and striking Hossas head which represent the highest level of disrespect for fellow players and the game in the eyes of the league. Torres is a repeat offender. He was suspended two games earlier this season for a hit on Minnesotas Nate Prosser, and he got four games late last season for a hit on Edmontons Jordan Eberle. Hes a guy with a reputation for playing on the edge and, at times, crossing the line. The NHL is likely going to come down hard on him. We do not presume to know the mind of Shanahan or commissioner Gary Bettman, who was in attendance on Tuesday, but the guess here is that if the Coyotes do not advance to the second round of the playoffs, we have seen the last of Torres this season.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jimmy Butler rips Marcus Smart in post-Game 4 interview: ‘He’s not about that life’

New NHL record set as 18 first round games require overtime

Fred Hoiberg rips officials, says Isaiah Thomas allowed to carry ball

Derrick Rose hangs out with Bulls owner at playoff game

WATCH: Robin Lopez unties, then reties Jae Crowder’s shoe in strange sequence

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tyronn Lue drops hilarious quote about LeBron James’ first-round success

Clarke MacArthur scores Senators’ series-winning goal after miraculous return to ice

Adam Schefter reminds everyone Jimmy Garoppolo is not getting traded

Russell Westbrook confronts reporter for question about Thunder bench

WATCH: Rockets bench laughs as Andre Roberson misses free throw

Steve Kerr does not rule out missing remainder of playoffs

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB (and that's just the injuries)

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: David Fizdale and the Grizzlies won't go down quietly

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

The 'Even the Browns can't mess this one up' quiz

25 times Mother Nature disrupted sports

In some ways, Dan Rooney was just another NFL owner

Box Score 4/20: When Westbrook isn't enough

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The '♫Happy Birthday Simpsons. Simpsons, it's your birthday♫' quiz

White House championship visits over the years

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

The 'Even the Browns can't mess this one up' quiz

In some ways, Dan Rooney was just another NFL owner

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The '♫Happy Birthday Simpsons. Simpsons, it's your birthday♫' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: David Fizdale calls B.S.

Kris Bryant can become the next Derek Jeter — and more

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker