CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 17: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks brings the puck up the ice against the Phoenix Coyotes 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 need a win to even the series against the Phoenix Coyotes, and they're going to have to do it without Marian Hossa.
None of Andrew Shaw, Raffi Torres or Marian Hossa will take the ice for their respective teams in Game 4 of a series that started out as the least rough and dirty of all of the NHL's playoff series. Between Shaw's shot to the head of Mike Smith and Torres' huge hit on Hossa, the Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks might get into a little bit more of the chippy stuff that has defined other playoff series.
Torres has been suspended indefinitely for his huge hit on Hossa, which caused the Blackhawks' winger to be briefly hospitalized. Shaw will be serving the second game of his three-game suspension in Game 4 on Thursday.
Though Game 3 will be best remembered for the hit, it was certainly an interesting hockey game independent of that and it could have been a turning point in the series. Chicago took the lead on two separate occasions, had more shots than Phoenix and won the faceoff battle, but let their opponents back into the game twice on their home ice. In overtime, Mikkel Boedker got a bit of a lucky break with his five-hole goal, and the Blackhawks now need a win to even the series and split at home.
No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 6 Chicago Blackhawks
8 p.m. ET Thursday -- Game 4, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Coyotes Lead 2-1
National TV: TSN, CNBC, RDS2 | Local TV: Fox Sports Arizona Plus, CSN Chicago