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Video- Breaking Down The Torres Hit

Scott Morrison, Brad May and Christine Simpson of Hockey Central at Sportsnet discuss the Raffi Torres hit on Marian Hossa.

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Raffi’s hit was late but not a head shot. A good full body check. But maybe the hard plastic shields on the shoulder pads and elbow pads have to go. Not only do they injury, they give the checker immunity. Second, maybe a fluke that Hossa got winded/stunned.

I want to see head shots and throat cross checks taken out of the game but not hits like this one. I think the equipment is just too unforgiving to allow it to happen.

Posted by Xtoval from Texas on 04/18/12 at 02:17 AM ET

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The only problem with Torres hit is that the NHL refuses to make the rink an octagon, like it should be.

If the league wants to gain cred with who it obviously sees as it’s core fans, it’s time to get with the program.

I have been a hockey fan forever, but now with a houseful of little kids, and the blatant injustice and bush league rule enforcement, it’s getting hard to keep watching. Impossible to explain to my kids, who I want to respect people. Very sad. The best players being taken out with regularity and little consequence.

Not that anyone else wants to watch the skill. Grunts are more entertaining. Love endless cycling and no plays at the net involving talent. Chiclets and blood get the missus all riled up.

All the best to Hossa, one of my favourite players. Screw all the former players who trumpet favour for this crap, providing “in depth” analysis with whats left of their teeth and brains, and all the beer hall mentality goofs who own teams and run the league.

Hey, people watch, sort of, for now. Good on ya boys! Call me when you need to figure out the mystery of the demise of your fan base. Or why you can’t attract new fans who didn’t grow up in Canada, New York, Mass. or Michigan.

Posted by FastOil on 04/18/12 at 02:32 AM ET

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Raffi’s hit was late but not a head shot. A good full body check.

Are you sure your watching the right video?  The one i saw, shows his shoulder connect with Hossa’s Jaw.  His head was the initial and principle point of contact.

Posted by jwad on 04/18/12 at 07:20 AM ET

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Posted by Xtoval from Texas on 04/18/12 at 01:17 AM ET

This is the 3rd time you’ve posted this. I have no idea what video you are watching, he launches his shoulder into Hossa’s jaw. Very simple, Shanahan should say “Torres, you are sitting the rest of the playoffs and I’ll let you know when you can play again”.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 04/18/12 at 09:55 AM ET

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maybe a fluke that Hossa got winded/stunned.

Are we sure that I have to treat EVERY poster around here with respect?  Because the way a guy being carted off on a stretcher is being underplayed here is criminally stupid.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/18/12 at 10:06 AM ET

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Did Brad May ever play hockey.  He has no idea what he is talking about.  “What was Marian Hossa cutting back into the middle of the ice for?”  Watch the video pinhead, he just had the puck poked off his stick. Then he says it’s all about the details.  Details he is clearly incapable of comprehending.  We should all feel dumber for having listened to these nuggets from a former player who obviously had no idea what he was doing on the ice and now behind a camera.

Posted by wolverine on 04/18/12 at 10:12 AM ET

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I posted this elsewhere, but it is time for the NHL to define what consitutes a check and a late hit. Too many players are getting crushed because they are prone after playing the puck. Checking was supposed to be about seperating a player from the puck, now it is about punishing them for having played the puck.

From the first time kids hit the ice they are taught a few things, follow through with their hits, hit from the legs up through the body and protect yourself from the hit. The problem is some of these things aren’t taught properly. Following through now means crush a prone player that no longer has the puck, hit from the legs up means leaping into a guy driving your shoulder into his jaw, and protect yourself means keep your stick up at all times to crack the oncoming player across the face (cage). 

With the size and speed of today’s players we are looking at a deadly combination. The players make way too much money to not leave it on the line every game and the safety of opposing players means little if your job is at risk. It is up to the NHL and the NHLPA to start to change the mindset of the players if we want to see hockey again, that allows physical play, while still emphasizing the skill. The threat of being hit is what makes the exibition of skill amazing, but the spectacle shouldn’t be all about the violence.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/18/12 at 10:25 AM ET

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Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/18/12 at 09:25 AM ET

I agree with you and most of these problems are because people lead with the shoulders. It used to be before to separate from the puck you either used your hip or you just rode the guy off the puck (usually by holding, but let’s not go there at the moment). I don’t know when it started but it became more prevalent post-lockout with the obstruction rules.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 04/18/12 at 10:44 AM ET

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That was a good hit. Everyone is crying because A it was on a star player and B because it was Raffi Torres.

Is the torres hit worse then this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggPrBFNqaDY&feature=related

Posted by Jason on 04/18/12 at 11:08 AM ET

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Is the torres hit worse then this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggPrBFNqaDY&feature=related

Posted by Jason on 04/18/12 at 10:08 AM ET

Yes. Yes it is.

Because it is later, because Torres had more momentum, and because Torres jumped into the hit.  For all of those reasons, the Torres hit is significantly worse than a hit that got a guy a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

Thanks for playing.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/18/12 at 11:33 AM ET

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LOL it’s not even close to be later.

Posted by Jason on 04/18/12 at 11:48 AM ET

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Perhaps if you see life slower than others, that may be the case.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/18/12 at 11:51 AM ET

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Perhaps if you see life slower than others, that may be the case.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/18/12 at 10:51 AM ET

Would anyone even care about this hit if Hossa jumped up and skated to the bench? What was worse this hit or Shea Weber grabbing Zetterburg by the head and slamming it off the glass after he punched him in the head??

Posted by Jason on 04/18/12 at 01:14 PM ET

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