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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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That check can’t be considered blind side when he is hit from the front, Seabrook should have been more aware of what was going on around him.  The head shot is debatable, he did make partial contact with the head but it wasn’t a full out head shot.  If you look closely the puck was right at his stick as the contact was being made, so shouldn’t have even been interference.  How is this hit any different then the Willie Mitchell Hit on Toews?  They are taking out that high intensity of the game by analyzing ever huge hit that happens, nobody wants to watch a senior mens rub out style game.  It’s a high collision sport, of course risks will be associated with it.  It’s that split second you let your guard down that these hits happen.  Anyone that has actually played hockey wouldn’t have let that hit pass especially in playoffs, big hits create momentum changes, that’s his job is to make hits, deal with it.  Anyone that says they would have played the puck can continue enjoying recreational old timers hockey.

Posted by Adam from Winnipeg on 04/18/11 at 04:09 AM ET

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Here are a few thoughts:
1) Steve Staios on the TSN panel dissecting the play: “I’ve been caught in that position before and been hit and you blame yourself”
As seemingly everyone here is an avid fan, rather than an actual player, the 3rd thing you learn in hockey, after skating and puck control, is keeping your head up. Theres a reason they teach you this lesson when you are 5. You have to keep your head on a swivel. The game is to fast to be looking backwards and skating forwards nowadays - the fact that the hit is “blindside” is more to do with Seabrook skating one way and looking the other, rather than Torres charging because Seabrook is facing the other way (e.g. Matt Cooke on Marc Savard). If Seabrook had simply turned around and had been skating backwards and FACING the puck, the entire play would have ended differently and most likely safely.
2) Bob McKenzie: “Remember, in the NHL, there are circumstances where a shoulder hitting an unsuspecting or vulnerable player in the head is entirely legal.” He followed this statement by explaining that in the March 2010 DVD given to clubs and those “insiders” tied to the NHL, there were documented instances of what exactly rule 48 is, and this, as would appear most every ruling in the NHL, falls into a “grey” area, wherein behind the net looking the wrong direction happens to be a potential loop hole in the rule.
3) The timing of this hit could not have been any worse, and it puts the NHL in a very difficult position. I believe should they suspend Torres on this hit, there should at no point be any more excuses not to throw the book at players for this type of instance, ESPECIALLY star players (see: Ryan Getzlaf). They are lucky they are dealing with a grinding plug rather than a superstar. I think we would all be examining this entire issue under a different lens, if say, Crosby dropped the boom on Seabrook (I’m laughing reading that, too).
4) In a league that has “renewed its commitment” to the safety of players, why the puck was Seabrook not taken to the quiet room after having his ear stapled to his shoulder, which was then plastered to the ice? And then the trainer takes him back on a legal hit? Now while I do think that this hit probably does warrant a suspension or disciplinary action, I think that an inquiry into the actions of Coach Q (and training staff) taken after the hit is equally warranted. Seems like he tried to evade losing one quarter of his defense for 15 minutes rather than looking to protect his player.

Posted by Liam on 04/18/11 at 07:02 AM ET

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Donald S. Cherry says:

NOW YOU KIDS - YOU KIDS GOTTA LISTEN TO ME - WHEN YOU GO BEHIND THE NET, AND YOU’RE GONNA TAKE THAT PASS, REMEMBER - YOU GOT TO KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!  IF YOU GOT YOUR HEAD DOWN, AND YOU GO LOOKING FOR THAT PUCK IN YOUR FEET, THAT GUY’S GONNA COME DOWN THERE, AND WHAM!  NEXT THING, YOU’RE SITTING ON THE BENCH WONDERIN WHAT THAT WAS THAT JUST HIT YA!  SO YOU KIDS, YOU REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, RIGHT?

Posted by Smokey from BC on 04/18/11 at 07:34 AM ET

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Just in case anyone cares, I am still alive.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/18/11 at 07:41 AM ET

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For the “keep your head up” argument, there are simply times when you will not have your head up.  Watch any player in any game and he will not have his head “up” 100% of the time.

There’s a reasonable expectation that, when you do not have the puck, you should not be hit.  Putting your head down to skate after a puck is something that hockey players do all of the time.  Torres’ hit is dirty.  It’s not about taking checking out of the game like some of the screeching neanderthals are crying, it’s about taking head-hunting out of the game.

If the puck is on Seabrook’s stick and Torres makes this hit, I have zero problem with this play.  As the facts stand, I want him to sit for a longer time than he sat on the Eberle hit, considering they’re basically the same play.

Finally, the last thing I’ll say to Puckhound before he gets out of school today where they’re hopefully teaching the difference between “your” and “you’re” today:

My goalie has a cup championship ring.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/18/11 at 11:25 AM ET

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Yeah, not sure some people here have played hockey, “keep yourself in an up right position with balance and look where you are going when you get the puck!!”

unless you play with one hand on your stick at all times, can you explain to me how you “keep yourself in an up right position” when you play the puck? what are we on an airplane here?

Posted by Paul from C on 04/18/11 at 12:55 PM ET

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Is the league also revewing the Hjlmarrson hit last night later in the third?  Dude left his feet right along the boards, no stick on the rink, fists up in the air ready to take off the oppositions head.

No?

That’s what I thought.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 04/18/11 at 01:04 PM ET

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Then you should not be playing the game.

Now go crawl back in the hole you came out of, and quit trying to pansify the game we love, dipshit.

Posted by PuckHound61 from Speckville USA on 04/18/11 at 11:08 AM ET

You don’t even watch hockey, do you?

Science could learn a lot from somebody as dumb as you.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/18/11 at 01:16 PM ET

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Then you should not be playing the game.

Watch a game.  There’s not a single player who has ever played the game who has kept his head up at all times.

Are you just trying to be ridiculous?  If so, let us all in on the joke so we can enjoy it together.  What fun is it to play a prank and not let enyone in on it?

Posted by Garth on 04/18/11 at 02:20 PM ET

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Pansify the game some more dipshit.

You’ve convinced me.  Hockey should be about hitting.  In fact, let’s replace the sticks with bats and take away the pucks, so they can just pummel eachother and not have to worry about putting the rubber thing in the crappy ropy box thing.

Posted by Garth on 04/18/11 at 02:57 PM ET

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Look at us, we stick up for each other, we are proud and we are Wings fans.

Pansify the game some more dipshit.

Posted by PuckHound61 from Speckville USA on 04/18/11 at 12:28 PM ET

You have nothing more to say on the topic, so you attack the person.

Great job, caveman.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/18/11 at 03:02 PM ET

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do I think Torres hit him in the head?  yes.

do I think Torres knew exactly what he was doing?  yes.

do I think it’s time for players to learn not to skate one direction while looking in the opposite direction?  yes.

but that doesn’t make what Torres did OK.  it’s not like Seabrook had JUST turned his head a split second before impact, and had seen Torres coming.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/18/11 at 03:09 PM ET

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glad IT has that avatar so we can just skip reading the blather

cool grin

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michgian on 04/18/11 at 07:35 PM ET

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UH! Keep your head up. What part of that message which is pounded into every young hockey player who laces up the skates did Seabrook not figure out. I guess Seabrook missed that practice.

Posted by Storm Trooper on 04/22/11 at 02:12 AM ET

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