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The ugly truth

Playoffs have been marked by violent hits, part of a hard-to-change hockey culture

Updated: April 18, 2012, 4:40 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa left the United Center in an ambulance.

That was after he was carted off the ice, his neck stabilized, his body supine.

That was after he lay on the ice for long, scary minutes as the United Center piped in "Blue Moon" to chill out the crowd (it didn't work) and cut replays from the scoreboard.

That was after Hossa's head bounced off the ice.

That was after Phoenix Coyotes aggressor Raffi Torres left his feet and rammed his left shoulder ...

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