Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa has been ruled out for Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Phoenix Coyotes as he recovers from a violent hit by Raffi Torres, who was suspended indefinitely.
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"I think a lot of guys texted him this morning," Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "I got a text back, and I think that's a good thing.
"He's texting all the boys back; he's probably busy with his phone right now. Don't want to keep him too busy; I want him to rest and relax. From the sounds of it he's getting better as the day goes on. Hopefully, I can go check on him soon."
Hossa was carried off on a stretcher after the hit at center ice. He was taken to a hospital and released.
"I'm going to rule him out," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "The prognosis? I'm not sure on that. There is no change from where the release was last night to where it is today. There is no change. He's home resting."
No penalty was called on the play, prompting Quenneville to call the officiating a "disgrace." Torres appeared to jump into the hit and level his shoulder into the face of Hossa, who no longer had the puck.
Quenneville was asked if it could be a long-term injury.
"We'll see," he said.
Torres, who has been suspended before, has a hearing on Friday in New York.
Phoenix's 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday gave it a 2-1 series advantage with Game 4 on Thursday at the United Center.
The Blackhawks called up 19-year-old Brandon Saad to replace Hossa, who hasn't scored a point since April 1.
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