In a Stanley Cup playoffs on pace to smash records for game misconducts, it appears its most dangerous hit to date will be one that escaped on-ice punishment. In the first period of tonight's Game Three, Coyotes enforcer Raffi Torres left his feet to hit the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa; Hossa was unable to move from the ice and would eventually be taken off on a stretcher before a stone-silent United Center crowd.
Asked for comment during the delay in action, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville let his emotions pour forth, calling the play a "brutal hit" that "makes me sick." We'll update this post with information about Hossa's condition as we get it. [CNBC]
Update (10:35 p.m.): The Coyotes announcers, inexplicably, call it a clean hit:
Update (11:53 p.m.): Hossa's left the hospital and is refusing comment.