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Raffi Torres Hit on Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton was gone for the latter part of the game and no updates on his condition were available to the press in the post-game press conferences. 

Others may disagree, but I think it was a clean hit. Still, Thornton’s had a great playoffs and it would be unfortunate if this turned out to be serious at all. We’ll cross our fingers that he’s alright. 

Video:

Update 6:58pm ET: From Working the Corners

The Sharks did not make Joe Thornton available to the media after that 4-2 loss and Todd McLellan said he had nothing to report yet when he was asked about his captain’s status during the post-game press conference.

But a text message to Thornton several hours later did get this response when he was asked the chances he’d be ready to play in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

“100 percent,” he wrote to my Mercury News colleague Mark Emmons. “It’s playoffs, got to play through everything.”

 

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  Tags: joe+thornton, raffi+torres

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I noticed that Raffi’s skates left the ice intentionally on at least two hits tonight. If others noticed he’ll definately be looking at a playoff ending suspension.

Posted by Zamboni from Canada on 05/22/11 at 09:53 PM ET

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I don’t see what would be illegal or dirty about the hit.  Shoulder to shoulder, no boarding. He was unaware since he was playing the puck behind him, but he was playing the puck, so it shouldn’t be interference, either.

Posted by PDXWing on 05/22/11 at 10:00 PM ET

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Looks like it was probably a “clean” hit, by rule.

Whether or not it was a hit that needed to be made… that’s a different story altogether.

Posted by Primis on 05/22/11 at 10:08 PM ET

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Clean shoulder to shoulder hit.

Posted by Crow on 05/22/11 at 10:22 PM ET

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Clean hit?? Thornton is falling down and defensiveless look at the video. If this had been a hit on Sedin I know what you would say.

Posted by OfCourse You would say that on 05/22/11 at 10:53 PM ET

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Updated the post. Thornton will be back for Game 5.

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 05/22/11 at 10:59 PM ET

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Clean hit.

Posted by awould on 05/23/11 at 12:19 AM ET

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While it was a clean hit, it just a matter of time before Torres knocks out another player with one of his head shots. I don’t understand how these head hunters get away with their acts without someone else running them?

Posted by goon from Grand Forks, ND on 05/23/11 at 01:26 AM ET

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Looks like it was a clean hit…!!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 05/23/11 at 01:57 AM ET

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Wow… Raffi Torres with a clean hit.  The world really IS coming to an end.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 05/23/11 at 02:12 AM ET

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Can’t argue as a Sharks fan.  Unfortunate result, but not dirty or illegal, especially by Torres’ regular standards.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 05/23/11 at 02:12 AM ET

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After McGinn injured Ehrhoff & Rome in game 4 then said post game how he didn’t want to hurt anyone but it was good for the Sharks that those guys were hurt, this injury is just sweet karma biting San Jose in the Thornton’s shoulder.

Posted by CallMeJerry on 05/23/11 at 04:51 AM ET

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Wow. Goon, and this Zamboni fellow, you hate the Canucks that much?

Jesus. Not only did he not leave his feet at all, on both hits, but he hit Joe as clean as you can get.

Yet some whiner gets on here and calls him a headhunter?  He is a clean, hard hitting player, and we are lucky to have him. If he was on your team, you would love him too.

Really, you guys are incredible. If you have nothing to add but “neener neener, I hate the Canucks”, go find an old thread of whatever team it is you cheer, and discuss draft picks or something.

Sorry Alannah, but some of these twits need a smack upside the head, metaphorically speaking.

Posted by vancitydan on 05/23/11 at 06:24 AM ET

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Opponent not in full possession of the puck…check.
Opponent already engaged by a teammate…check.
No intent to play and/or recover the puck…check.
Coming from halfway across the ice with a head of steam…better luck next time.

Torres is a predator, plain and simple. And he may or may not have pictures of Colin Campbell with farm animals.

Posted by shep on 05/23/11 at 08:37 AM ET

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Yet some whiner gets on here and calls him a headhunter?  He is a clean, hard hitting player, and we are lucky to have him. If he was on your team, you would love him too.

Let’s not confuse the two issues, Dan.

This particular hit by Raffi Torres was clean.  I personally also liked the hit on Douglas Murray that he got a two minute charging penalty for.

That does not mean that Raffi Torres is a clean player and not a headhunter.  He absolutely is a dirty headhunter.

Also, please don’t presume to know who anybody would love to have or not have on their team.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/23/11 at 09:26 AM ET

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I agree w/ JJ. Of the big, notable hits from Torres in his career, this one stands out because it is clean.

Posted by awould on 05/23/11 at 12:34 PM ET

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Clean. Fair and square. It wasn’t even that big of a hit. (the Murray hit was bigger) The reason why people are talking about it is the fact that Jumbo landed awkwardly and is injured as a result.

Posted by CCP from Toronto on 05/23/11 at 12:44 PM ET

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Vancity Dan, Raffie Torres is a known head hunter the hit on Thornton was clean, that being said, eventually it’s going to catch up with Torres, live by the sword you die by the sword. Yes, I hate the Canucks that much…

Posted by goon from Grand Forks, ND on 05/23/11 at 03:17 PM ET

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Shoulder to Shoulder.  Can’t help it if Thronton’s shoulder is made of glass.

Torres is “generally” a cheap shot artist but this was as clean a hit as they come.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 05/24/11 at 05:58 PM ET

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