It seems that we can't go one game without a scary, controversial hit in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Marian Hossa was the recipient of one such hit from Marian Hossa on Tuesday night -- a hit so painful that it sent him to the hospital, although he was released Wednesday. Hitting has been a part of hockey for ages, but with the recent spate of crushing hits in high-profile games, might there be a change in the sport's future?


Dirty or clean?

Raffi Torres expressed sympathy for Marian Hossa after hitting him but maintained the hit was clean.

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What do you make of Raffi Torres' hit on Marian Hossa in Tuesday night's game?

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A fan of hitting?

This year's Stanley Cup playoffs have been full of crushing hits and brutal fights.

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What do you make of the level of hitting in the NHL playoffs this year?

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Sufficient approach?

The NHL has made player safety a priority in recent years. Is the league doing enough, or are its new rules stifling the game?

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What's your take on the NHL's approach to player safety?

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