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Torres Hit Still Being Felt

Despite the grumblings from some far corners of Wing message boards, Rafi Torres' hit on Jason Williams Wednesday was clean. Brutal, but clean. Williams had the puck...well, it had just left his stick. Torres kept his feet. Williams' head was down. Torres drilled him. Every reaction from every Wing (players, coaches, execs) testified to that. But, man it looked like it hurt. Danny Markov, well known for dishing out similar exhibitions of violence, said that the hitter is often as affected as the hittee. Detroit News/Ted Kulfan
"You want to hit people, you want a good hit, but you want to see the guy get up," Markov said. "When something like that happens, the guy falls and there's a lot of blood on the ice, nobody is moving, everyone is scared. "Nobody in the league wants to hit anyone on purpose, to injury guys. It's a physical game."

The main reason, according to the Wings, Williams will spend a few days on the IR is the swelling on his forehead…which required 30 stitches.

Detroit Free Press/George Sipple

Athletic trainer Piet Van Zant said Williams had a slight concussion and “significant cut on his forehead, so it’s going to take some time to heal before he’s going to want to put a helmet on.”

Again, that was a clean hit. Williams was attempting to wrap the puck in on Roloson’s short side.  Torres had him lined up. The puck had just left Williams’ stick and the train arrived.  For those of you still conflicted, still a little sad that such a violation could befall one of our Wings…well, I suggest you harken back 9 years or so and remember the family fun we all had watching Vladdie dish those hits out on nightly basis.


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