Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres will be skating against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night for the first time since his big hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa in the first round of the playoffs last season, which resulted in a hefty suspension from the league. Hossa left the ice on a stretcher during the April 17 game but recovered from his concussion during the lockout and ranks second on the Blackhawks in scoring. Torres, who has since apologized to Hossa over the phone, isn't expecting any real on-ice drama or any form of over-the-top payback. "At the end of the day, it's hockey," he said. "Whatever happens out there, happens. Both teams are out to get two points, so we'll see how it pans out. … I'm not going to veer off of what I have to do out there; just go out there and play hard and do some stuff to try and help out the team." This will be Torres' third game back for the Coyotes since serving his 21-game suspension for the hit, which originally was set at 25 games by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan before Commissioner Gary Bettman heard the case on appeal.
Coyotes' Raffi Torres is facing Marian Hossa again
USA Today | Feb 7