Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has been taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit by Phoenix’s Raffi Torres in the first period of Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series on Tuesday night.
Hossa was near the boards at centre ice and had just turned and passed the puck when Torres left his skates and delivered a late shot with his shoulder that knocked Hossa to the ice. Hossa was down for about five minutes as medical personnel rushed immediately to his side, and then was taken off of the ice.
Photos: Jim Young/Reuters
NHL hockey seems to be amplified this year and it’s not just a result of social media but hits like the one described here are increasing. Increasingly the NHL is not disciplining players appropriately for inappropriate hits, sucker punches and purposeful head shots.
Take the Shea Weber hit of Henrik Zetterberg’s head which resulted in only a fine and no suspension for “roughing”. NHL get your shit together…