The circus that has become the Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes series features an actual hockey game tonight at 7pm CST.
The latest act of the show has been the $10,000 fine to Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville “for public comments critical of the officiating.” (Chicago Tribune) In response to the fine, I can only imagine a response similar to “2 minutes well worth it” a la D2: the Mighty Ducks.
Out tonight for the Blackhawks is Marian Hossa after absorbing a Raffi Torres hit. While Hossa is a big loss for the Blackhawks, it provides an opportunity for recent call-up Brandon Saad to enter the series. Quenneville hinted at the possibility of Saad getting time with the top lines. (CSN Chicago)
The Coyotes will again be without Martin Hanzal and Lauri Korpikoski both remain out with injuries. (Chicago Tribune)
Also out for the Coyotes will be Raffi Torres, who has been suspended indefinitely for his hit on Marian Hossa. Torres’ most recent hit is just another to add to the list of dangerous hits he has doled out. Though Torres seems to display no remorse for his consistently damaging actions. (Chicago Sun-Times)
The Coyotes brass has come to the defense of Torres, because according to Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney, it wasn’t like he killed a busload of kids or anything. (Chicago Sun-Times) I guess that one way to think of it? Needless to say I’m disappointed to see how the Coyotes have responded to the hit.
Tonight’s bottom line though is that it doesn’t do anyone any good for another player to get hurt. The Blackhawks responded correctly by not taking liberties on the Coyotes following the hit on Hossa and hopefully this remains the Blackhawks mentality going into Game 4.
The only revenge from the Blackhawks should be seen on the scoreboard, to even the series once again.