The Phoenix Coyotes released a statement today in reaction to the 25 game suspension of their star forward Raffi Torres. Torres left his feet to level Marian Hossa in Game 3, resulting in Hossa needing to be stretchered off the ice and widespread condemnation. General manager Dan Maloney is quoted in a short and professional statement that accepts the punishment. Said Maloney:
Raffi plays a hard, physical game yet this contact crossed the line on what is acceptable in our game today. We hope Marian Hossa makes a full and speedy recovery as we all enjoy watching him perform.
The full statement is available here. The Coyotes managed a 3-2 victory in game four without Torres, with Mikkel Boedker scoring in overtime to seal the game. If the Coyotes can manage another victory in Saturday night's game five they'll be able to put the Blackhawks away and move on to round two, where they would face the Nashville Predators.
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