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Torres faces Blackhawks for first time since hit

Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 2:48 PM

By Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Torres faces Blackhawks for first time since hit

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks have already played this season, but this is the first time that Raffi Torres and Marian Hossa have shared the ice since Torres ended their seasons with an illegal hit to Hossa's head in Game 3 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series last spring.

Hossa spent months recovering from the hit, while Torres was suspended for 25 games -- later reduced to 21 -- for the transgression. This is Torres' third game back after the suspension and he has vowed to change his reckless ways on the ice after being suspended or fined six times in his career.

"We have to protect the top players in the League, and if it's going to take me kind of thinking out there instead of running around with my head cut off, then that's what it’s going to take," said Torres, who called Hossa to apologize for the hit. "At the end of the day, I need to keep playing. This is what I do, and if I want to keep playing I'm going to have to change my way."

But first, there might be some unfinished business with the Blackhawks. Hossa said he considers the matter closed, but his teammates were very vocal about their feelings toward Torres, and a brief fight with Brandon Bollig immediately after the hit was unsatisfying.

The Coyotes will be without defenseman David Schelmko, who will be out for weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in Monday's 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Steve SullivanAntoine VermetteShane Doan

Mikkel BoedkerMartin HanzalRadim Vrbata

Lauri KorpikoskiBoyd GordonDavid Moss

Raffi TorresKyle ChipchuraNick Johnson

Oliver Ekman-LarssonZbynek Michalek

Keith YandleDerek Morris

Chris SummersMichael Stone

Mike Smith

Jason LaBarbera

Injuries – Rostislav Klesla, Matthew Lombardi

Scratches – Paul Bissonnette

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