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Blackhawks stars pleased with Torres’ 25-game suspension

Jonathan Toews, Derek Morris

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 19: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Derek Morris #53 of the Phoenix Coyotes chase after the puck during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

After watching their teammate, Marian Hossa, leave Game 3 on a stretcher because of Raffi Torres’ actions, it’s not surprising that the Blackhawks players are among the biggest supporters of the 25-game suspension.

“A lot of us were shocked; we thought it might be 10 or something. But, good on the NHL,” Patrick Kane said.

Jonathan Toews echoed Kane’s remarks.

“It sends a huge message for guys to smarten up out there - especially during the playoffs,” Toews said.

Naturally, them being supportive of the suspension is not the same as them being happy about the larger situation.

“Maybe a bit of consolation now that justice has been done,” Toews said, “but Hossa is still sitting at home not feeling himself.”

The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t been particularly open about Hossa’s status, which isn’t surprising given that this is the playoffs, but we do know that he won’t be available for Game 5 on Saturday. Chicago needs to win that contest in order to extend their season.