Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing for his brutal hit on the Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa, the National Hockey League said on Wednesday.

Hossa was sent sprawling by Torres in the first period of Game Three of their best-of-seven series on Tuesday and left motionless on the ice before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital.

Torres' hearing was originally set for Wednesday but was deferred until Friday at the request of the player and the National Hockey League Players' Association.

Phoenix lead the series 2-1 with Game Four set for Thursday in Chicago.

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)