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Raffi Torres has another questionable hit

Posted on: April 17, 2011 10:33 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 1:50 am
Vancouver Canucks Raffi Torres played all of 32 minutes before he put himself at risk of another suspension. 

Torres laid out Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook with what appeared to be another blindside hit to the head. A similar collision with Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle on April 5 resulted in a four-game suspension, which put him out for Games 1-2 of the first-round series against the ‘Hawks. 

"Brutal. Major (penalty), absolutely,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quennville said of the collision. “They missed it. We could have scored four goals on that play.”

Torres was tagged with an interference minor and Patrick Sharp scored on the ensuing power play, not a major where the 'Hakws could have remained on the man-advantage no matter how many goals they scored. 

Seabrook lay face down on the ice for a few seconds, but he stayed in the game until another clean check by Torres later in the period. Seabrook missed about the final seven minutes of the second, although he returned in the third. 

"He's a big Western Canadian kid," Quennville added. "Somebody else may have been on a stretcher."

Torres didn’t talk to reporters, although The Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek details Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault’s defense of his forward:

Vigneault doesn’t think Torres needs to change much, noting that: “A physical dimension is part of his game. Obviously, there are some adjustments and some education that all players have to go through, but I look at that hit and I compare that hit to (Ryan) Getzlaf on (Dan Hamhuis). I compare that hit to (Alexei) Ponikarovsky on Hamhuis - same type of hit - and Getzlaf didn’t even get a penalty on his.

“I mean, hockey’s a collision sport. There’s a lot of intensity. You’re always walking that fine line.”

Vigneault said he didn’t think Torres hit even warranted a penalty, “but at the end of the day, that’s me.

“Obviously, you don’t ever want to see a player get hurt and I understand where they’re going with this. But hockey is still a physical game, a collision game. Each and every one of us wants it to stay a physical game, without players getting hurt. That being said though, there’s a physicality in the game and there’s always going to be injuries out there.”

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Since: Apr 18, 2011
Posted on: April 18, 2011 7:44 pm

Raffi Torres has another questionable hit

This is a hit that Torres will pay for tomorrow night.  Look for John Scott to make a run at this guy early and take a game misconduct.  By the NHL not suspending Torres for this hit which was clearly premeditated and to the head first could cause tomorrow's game to get totally out of hand with someone getting seriously injured.  Hawks will be playing with abandon tomorrow night and won't mind some extra penalties if they fall behind.  If that happens, the NHL office will be the only one to blame.  Who is this guy Torres anyway?  A reincarnation of Dave Schultz from the Broad Street Bullies?

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 1:57 pm

Raffi Torres has another questionable hit

Let the debate begin. There is no suspension coming from the league....

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 12:01 pm

Raffi Torres has another questionable hit

"Pretty weak Raf and Ref."  ???  What does that even mean?

Raffie's gone again I'm sure.  Had Seabrook been looking and had he not been hit in the head with Raffi's shoulder, there should have been no call whatsoever.  Raffi arrived with the hit right when the puck got there.  So it was a bogus interference call.  However, it surely should have been a roughing call for the blindside shot.  I'm surprised nobody is whining about him throwing an elbow because he had his arm tucked in just like he did in the Eberle hit.  I'm guessing he'll get another four to six games for this one too.  Colin Campbell is not gonna like this repeat offense right off a suspension.  Who cares?!?  Campbell's a douche anyway!

I've had Sharks and Kings fans both tell me Jarret Stoll's hit on Ian White was WAY worse than Raffi's hit on Eberle.  Hmm...Stoll blatently used the forearm shiver to the back of White's head and he gets a ONE - GAME - SUSPENSION!!!  Give me a freakin' break!!! 

Raffi pops Eberle + Eberle pops right back up + Eberle finishes the game = Torres 4 game suspension

Stoll pops White + 15 minute room time + White doesn't return = Stool 1 game suspension (intentional misspelling)

Raffi pops Seabrook + Seabrook pops right back up + Seabrook finishes the game = Torres X amount of games suspension

We'll see today...

Go Canucks Go!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2011 10:47 pm

Raffi Torres has another questionable hit

Pretty weak Raf and Ref. 

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