Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Raffi Torres' hit on Jarret Stoll, Game 1 2013 NHL Semifinals

Here's a GIF of Raffi Torres' hit on Jarret Stoll in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals series between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings.

I get flashbacks of the movie JFK watching this = "Back, and to the left.  Back, and to the left." 

Torres was penalized for charging, which was bad enough (and arguably unwarranted), but because of his lengthy history of illegal hits and subsequent suspensions (all with other teams, and all fully deserved), he is likely going to be subject to a suspension that the Sharks can ill-afford, especially after dropping Game 1.

At the risk of sounding like a biased Sharks fan (which I am), Torres is being punished for his reputation, and because Stoll (who should have kept his bloody friggin' head up) got injured on the play.  The league is trying its darndest to eliminate shoulder-to-head hits, but the principal point of contact doesn't appear to be Stoll's head - it's his shoulder (secondary contact to the helmet).

General Manager Doug Wilson flew to New York and was present at the hearing for Torres.  No word yet on any suspension, but hopefully the number of missed games is low (or zero).  

Go Sharks = Beat L.A. (and the system).

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