Marian Hossa Injury: Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews Rip Referees

The NHL has not yet said if, or for how long, it will suspend the Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres for his first period hit on Marian Hossa that resulted in the Chicago Blackhawks star being taken off the ice in a stretcher. Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville and captain Jonathan Toews, though, didn't waste any time laying into last night's referees after Chicago's 3-2 loss.

Quenneville, who was visibly livid on the Blackhawks bench after the hit and during an in-game interview with CNBC's broadcast team, had the harshest words post-game.

"The refereeing (Tuesday night) was a disgrace. [...] "It was a brutal hit," Quenneville said. "You can have a multiple-choice question, it's 'All of the Above.' I saw exactly what happened, it was right in front of me, and all four (officials) missed it."

Toews, who was seen jawing with the Coyotes bench as Hossa was being tended to on the ice, was more diplomatic, yet no more satisfied.

It was frustrating that (Torres) got to stay in the game," Toews said. "because it wouldn't surprise me if he tried to do something like that again. If nothing happens to him, I don't see why he won't try it."

(via Chicago Tribune)

Toews also told media members after the game that the team doesn't expect Hossa back "any time soon."

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey and Coyotes blog Five For Howling. For more NHL Playoffs coverage, head over to SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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