By Ben Meyer-Abbott
Another Game 3 at the United Center, another maelstrom of controversy surrounding Raffi Torres.
Exactly a year to the day Torres injured Blackhawks' defenseman Brent Seabrook with a shoulder-to-the-head shot as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, the Phoenix Coyotes forward delivered another high-hit on a Hawks player.
Torres struck Hawks' winger Marian Hossa with what appeared to be another shoulder-to-head shot just under 12 minutes into the first period of Game 3 of the Hawks first-round series with the Coyotes.
Torres appeared to leave his feet during the collision near the Hawks' bench.
Hossa, who was lay motionless on the ice for several minutes following the collision, was taken off the ice on a stretcher with 9:09 remaining in the first. He was then taken in an ambulance to an area hospital.
Torres was not penalized on the play.
Hawks enforcer Brandon Bollig was on the ice at the time of the hit and made bee-line to Torres and began to pummel him before the rest of the players jumped into the scrum. Bollig was assessed a two-minute penalty for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct.
Torres injured Seabrook last season as a member of the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of their first-round series with the Canucks. Seabrook suffered a concussion on the play and missed Games 4 and 5 of that series.
Torres' hit on Hossa came less than eight hours after the NHL suspended Andrew Shaw for three games for a shoulder-to-head shot on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in Game 2.