CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 17: Raffi Torres #37 of the Phoenix Coyotes dumps Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks as they battle for the puck in front of the Coyote bench in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks head into Game 4 against the Phoenix Coyotes down 2-1 in their opening round playoff series.
The Chicago Blackhawks have their backs against the wall and are in dire need of a win tonight when they host the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 4 of their first round series in the 2012 NHL playoffs. Each game of the series has gone into overtime, with the Coyotes coming out winners in two of them. It will unquestionably be an intense atmosphere in the United Center on Thursday night after each team has had a player suspended for an illegal hit.
'Hawks rookie center Andrew Shaw will serve the second game of a three-game suspension for his Game 2 hit on Phoenix goalie Mike Smith on Wednesday. Phoenix will be without Raffi Torres, who was suspended following a hit on Marian Hossa that caused the Blackhawks star to exited Game 3 on a stretcher during the first period.
Game time/date: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: United Center, Chicago, Ill.
TV: Comcast SportsNet Chicago
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