Game 3 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes began under a cloud of controversy, as Chicago rookie Andrew Shaw was suspended hours earlier for a Game 2 collision with Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.
But by 11:51 of the first period, the series had a new, more brutal controversy: Coyotes forward Raffi Torres driving his shoulder into the head of Marian Hossa, which led to the Blackhawks forward leaving the game on a stretcher and being taken to a local hospital. The Coyotes eventually won the game in overtime, 3-2.
"First off, I hope he's all right. As far as the hit goes, I just felt like it was a hockey play, just trying to finish my hit out there," said Torres. "The last thing I'll say is a I hope he's all right."
Did he leave his skates? Does he think he'll be suspended?
"I'm not gonna answer that," he said, before leaving the postgame interviews.
Here are some other reactions from the Coyotes, via CSN Chicago: