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Video- Torres Hit On Seabrook Tonight

Raffi Torres received two for interference.  Brent Seabrook played a shift then went off to the dressing room.

The CBC feed first, followed by the VERSUS feed below…

added 9:58pm, I’ve added the hit Torres put on Jordan Eberle below.. It is the third video and you can compare the two hits.

added 10:56pm, On the Fly’s Craig Button and Billy Jaffe with their thoughts on the hit.  Fourth video below…

Torres hit on Jordan Eberle that cost him four games.  Tonight is his first game back from suspension.

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Should be suspended for rest of playoffs or 10 games, whichever is greater, fined because i don’t believe they are paid for playoff games. Why would you come back and go out and do something like this. You know your being watched.

Did Seabrook come right back out? I didn’t catch if he did. Shouldn’t he have went to the “quiet room”?  What kinda fine comes with breaking that rule?

Posted by Stuck in the Soo on 04/17/11 at 11:55 PM ET

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OV does that on every check, Ought to be interesting ! Ummm retard Trevor Gillies

Posted by Evilpens on 04/17/11 at 11:56 PM ET

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Torres told the league he’d keep making the same hits.  Mike Gillis supported it.  At least we know Raffi Torres isn’t a liar.

Now it’s up to the league to get the message across that they very clearly don’t want him making that exact same hit and that it’s his responsibility to go after the puck and not the head.

Ten games would be a good start.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/17/11 at 11:57 PM ET

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Also, I’d recommend fining the Canucks for their support of Torres in this situation.  They’re clearly part of the problem here.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/17/11 at 11:57 PM ET

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Throw the book at him AND the Canucks.

Posted by Garth on 04/18/11 at 12:00 AM ET

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wow. blindside, right to the head. what an idiot.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/18/11 at 12:08 AM ET

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Fine Gillis or the organization $100k for being enablers.  You encourage someone like Torres and they’re only going to be a bigger prick in the future.

The Canucks would be much easier to root for if they didn’t have this guy on their team.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 04/18/11 at 12:08 AM ET

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This is nothing new for Torres, he did the same thing to Milan Michalek a few years ago, also in the playoffs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0KC91Wuz2k

Different part of the ice but still targeting a player’s head with a blindside hit.

Posted by RoneFace on 04/18/11 at 12:10 AM ET

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I don’t know, is that blindside?  Seabrook was coming right at Torres, he had his head down and turned, but that’s not Torres’ fault.  He certainly wasn’t coming at him from a way Seabrook couldn’t have seen.  His elbow is down so no problem with that.  No jumping into the hit.  He didn’t hit high either, Seabrook’s head was just down.

Only thing was that it was interference in that Seabrook didn’t have control of the puck, but at the same time, it was in his feet. 

I guess the only thing I’d like to see him change in that situation (if I were his coach) is to wait a second later…

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Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 04/18/11 at 12:17 AM ET

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Posted by Chris from NOHS from The University of Oxford on 04/17/11 at 10:17 PM ET

My problem with this hit is the same problem I have with the Jordan Eberle hit.  The fact that he head-hunts instead of going for the puck is what makes it bad. 

Both situations the player had his head down and in both situations, Torres completely ignores the puck in order to take advantage of a player in a vulnerable position.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/18/11 at 12:19 AM ET

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Standard Torres.  Suspend him.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/18/11 at 12:19 AM ET

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Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 04/18/11 at 12:21 AM ET

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JJ, I agree that’s his style and that in itself seems dirty, but isn’t that what Stevens did all the time? 

I don’t want to see that edge out of the game.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 04/18/11 at 12:22 AM ET

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I’m guessing the league might let him slide this time, because I think you can make a case, as Chris has done above.  And Seabrook wasn’t seriously injured, at least it seems that way.

But Torres just disgusts me as a hockey fan.  Going back to the Michalek hit, he’s just displayed an utter disregard for other players’ well-being.  He’s putting himself in Matt Cooke territory now (and like Cooke, he’s no bum of a hockey player), in some ways even worse, in my opinion.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 04/18/11 at 12:25 AM ET

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i think this hit is fine if seabrook doesn’t take the shot to the head. he’s bent down, not looking at torres, trying to make a play on the puck. sure. before rule 48, these hits were fine. but with that headshot, who knows. if they hit shoulder to shoulder, seabrook might end up rehabbing a shoulder, AC joint or collarbone, but since he could have been (and i bet probably was) concussed, here we go again…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/18/11 at 12:27 AM ET

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I agree with Chris NOHS.

Posted by awould on 04/18/11 at 12:30 AM ET

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JJ, I agree that’s his style and that in itself seems dirty, but isn’t that what Stevens did all the time? 
I don’t want to see that edge out of the game.
Posted by Chris from NOHS from The University of Oxford on 04/17/11 at 10:22 PM ET

That in a nutshell is the problem.  We all like big hits.  However I think it’s pretty easy to regulate.  If you have a chance to play the puck but choose instead to go after the player and hit him in the head?  5 min., game and review by the league.

Posted by calquake on 04/18/11 at 12:30 AM ET

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he’s bent down, not looking at torres, trying to make a play on the puck.

She was totally asking for it.

Posted by RoneFace on 04/18/11 at 12:30 AM ET

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It was most definetly blindside. He was looking at the play in front of him. The puck was in front of him, looking for a player to come at him from the front, not someone trying to crush him from behind. Why not try to make a play for the puck. Putting a puck in the net, is more important then trying to deck a guy from behind. You have a 2-0 series lead and could take a commanding 3-0 lead.

Posted by Stuck in the Soo on 04/18/11 at 12:31 AM ET

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Looking back at Scott Stevens’ career, there’s a lot not to like.

I enjoy watching a guy get crushed as much as the next guy, but the puck can’t be optional.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/18/11 at 12:32 AM ET

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I enjoy watching a guy get crushed as much as the next guy, but the puck can’t be optional.

Agreed.  For years the NHL has preached “when in doubt, take the body” and we need to get to a point where it’s “when in doubt, pull up.”

Posted by RoneFace on 04/18/11 at 12:34 AM ET

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I’m guessing the league might let him slide this time, because I think you can make a case, as Chris has done above.

I might agree if this wasn’t Torres’s SECOND dangerous hit of the game and if it wasn’t his FIRST game back from suspension.

I can’t imagine he doesn’t get suspeneded.

Posted by Garth on 04/18/11 at 12:37 AM ET

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it’s not a north south play.. he’s coming around a circle and he’s got to look at the puck to get control of it, which he doesn’t.  Torres anticipates him circling around so at the last second it looks like it MIGHT be, but he had him lined up well before that AND as we have redolently discussed here before.. it doesn’t matter if you TRY to hit them in the head… it only matters that you do.  He’s recklace and he’s going to end someones career then it’s too late to throw the book at him.  It’s EXACTLY like the Eberle hit and the NHL would be stupid not to make the message clear for Torres.  En lieu of their last few suspensions, I’m looking forward to seeing the verdict.. at this point I wont be surprised whatever it is, so well done NHL.  Fans are finally feeling complacency for your inconsistancy..

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/11 at 12:39 AM ET

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Just watched it AGAIN and wanted to say, you’re straight retarded if you think this was NOT a blindside hit… sloth retarded.. corky from “Life Goes On” retarded… a ReTard…. Re-Tard

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/11 at 12:41 AM ET

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If Scott Stevens was playing today, he’d be suspended for half of the season.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 04/18/11 at 12:41 AM ET

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I hope the NHL doesn’t become a league where a huge check is a poke check and actual hitting is rare since apparently “going for the puck” is always the better play, which seems to be what a lot are advocating here.  Seabrook should have been paying more attention and it literally cannot be a blindside hit when he comes at him from the front.  This reminds me of the Kronwall hit on Havlat, that was not called a penalty until Havlat didn’t get up.

It is not Torres’ fault Seabrook wasn’t paying attention and he has just as much right to make a check as he does to go after the puck.

Posted by awould on 04/18/11 at 12:45 AM ET

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That’s fuxhing bush league on Torres’ part.

There’s a “right” way to check someone and
obviously Torres isn’t interested in it.

Suspend his ass.

Posted by SK77 on 04/18/11 at 12:55 AM ET

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It is not Torres’ fault Seabrook wasn’t paying attention and he has just as much right to make a check as he does to go after the puck.

Seabrook was paying attention to the puck… which is what you’re supposed to do in hockey.  He does NOT have as much right to hit a guy away from the puck as he does to go after it.

One of those plays is a hockey play, the other is interference.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/18/11 at 12:56 AM ET

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Awould, that is absolutely NOTHING like it.. Seabrook is really coming in at a slight angle towards the boards.. Torres was coming in laterally…  Kronners hit was literally straight north south on the side boards.. like the Selanne hit.. that’s north south…

You can’t look at the one picture and say it wasn’t blindside.. watch the video, look where they’re positioned and look where they’re skating too.. I want to see big hits and north south hits or open ice hits are great… this is a player making a statement back to the NHL and saying, “I dare you”

You see how Seabrook flies the other way, head first.. He was in the middle of turning around to the left and his body just barely made it before his head, but what the *#$%@& do you want the guy to do.. watch Torres the entire time he’s on the ice.. you gotta have the decency not to kill someone just cause you can.  North south, fair game.. this shit.. happens because he can’t get people one on one, he’s got to snipe them with a dirty hit, that’s the only time players aren’t expecting it….........

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/11 at 12:59 AM ET

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again: before rule 48, maybe this is a “dirty” or questionable hit, or the hawks have to get back at torres some other way ,but it is not illegal. i think under the new rule it’s illegal, like it or not.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/18/11 at 01:07 AM ET

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LOL> clean hit and I bet he won’t get a game. the ref was in perfect position to see it. Eberle hit was clean too.

Posted by cuda on 04/18/11 at 01:26 AM ET

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I have a belly button!!! Seeee?!!!

Posted by cuda on 04/17/11 at 11:26 PM ET

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/11 at 01:31 AM ET

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What ever happened to the game where you had to keep your head up,
You cant skate behind the net looking behind you, your asking for your career to be ended, although the puck was not in full possession of the puck, hes on a checking line, your out there to give the d-men some bruises. not to mention torres cut around him to hit him inside the body.

Posted by Hockeyfan1441 from calgary on 04/18/11 at 01:42 AM ET

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I agree.. keep your head up when you have the puck… when you get hit and you don’t have the puck it’s intereference right?  He wasn’t leaning over either.. he wasn’t reaching which is the only difference in the Eberle hit which is why this one is probably worse.. Hit to the head and the player didn’t have the puck.. GREAT HOCKEY!!! KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!!!! *#$%@& THE PUCK!!!

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/11 at 01:45 AM ET

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Can’t wait til it’s a Sedin or Kesler takes one like that…  Can’t wait to see that great hockey..

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/11 at 01:46 AM ET

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Should get the same treatment as Cooke. Chuck him for the next round of the playoffs. Watching his protests and reading his comments, this guy just doesn’t get it.

Taking headshots out of the game doesn’t nullify all hitting or even hard hitting, by the way.

Doughty destroys Sedin here. Nothing illegal about this hit. Orpik sends Stamkos parallel to the ice on this one. Huge hits, nothing wrong with them. No head contact.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/18/11 at 02:03 AM ET

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Posted by PuckHound61 from Speckville USA on 04/17/11 at 11:51 PM ET

Man you’re a moron.  He wasn’t saying he wants Sedin or Kesler to get killed like Seabrook did because he hates them.  He said it because then you would be crying about it being a dirty headshot.  He’s calling you a homer.  Torres is a dirty scumbag and needs to be suspended the rest of the playoffs.  Period.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/18/11 at 02:11 AM ET

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Incidentally, there are a boatload of guys who have had their careers ultimately ended by this same exact hit.

Trevor Letowski and Sami Kapannen both had to retire from this play and another, Patrick Eaves, is a completely different player. And that’s just the list of guys Colby Armstrong has screwed up on just this type of hit.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/18/11 at 02:16 AM ET

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Weird that the Wings fans got my comment… hmmmmm.. Puckhound, is that you Corky?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/11 at 02:22 AM ET

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For the record, been a huge Sedin fan and Kesler fan (michigan boy)..If the circus didn’t exist, I’d like them to fill the void. But we’re in reality so they’ll have to take they’re slot behind our black aces on my list of fav players.  Womens curling sounds amazing by the way, one plays with the rocks while the other two work the stick??? My kind of sport.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/11 at 02:26 AM ET

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