CHICAGO -- The Stanley Cup Playoffs can be an exercise in anger management. The Western Conference Quarterfinal series between Phoenix and Chicago is becoming a graduate course in the subject.
Players and coaches on both sides tried to rein in their emotions Wednesday, less than a day after the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa was taken off the ice on a stretcher after the Coyotes' Raffi Torres hit Hossa's chin with his shoulder early in Game 3 at the United Center.
Phoenix went on to win 3-2 on an overtime goal from Mikkel Boedker. Game 4 is Thursday.
Hossa, who was released from the hospital Tuesday night, will miss at least Game 4. Torres has been suspended indefinitely pending an in-person hearing at the League office on Friday.
A night after tempers ran high in the Blackhawks' locker room, they were a bit more measured on Wednesday. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews ruled out retaliation against a random Coyote.
"Getting into that garbage isn't going to win the series for us," Toews said.
Said defenseman Duncan Keith, "We've got to play hockey and play the right way."
"I think retaliation in the best form is trying to win the hockey game," Quenneville said. "I think we want to channel a little positiveness to looking forward to the game and doing something about it."
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I didn't feel like I would be in this position when I started playing in the NHL. Of course I wanted to be, but thanks goes to my coaches and [teammates]. Without them, I can't reach those numbers.