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Shaking the headshots right out of the playoffs, one Torres suspension at a time

With perhaps the exception of Claude Giroux’s hit on Dainus Zubrus, talk of intent to injure hits and deliberate targeting of players’ heads, which started with Shea Weber’s face-smash on Henrik Zetterberg, seem to have subsided, and the Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis believes that hockey fans owe Raffi Torres’s stupidity in hitting Marian Hossa, and its reaction from the “Department of Player Safety” for having to react with a suspension that seems to have deterred further shenanigans:

Ever since Torres launched himself into Marian Hossa’s cranium three weeks ago, the NHL playoffs have returned to being about the game. The intensity is still at a brilliant high, as is the skill, entertainment value and the storylines. Gone — for the most part — are those nasty head-shots no one likes.

Things just got a little too heated there until Torres struck again, causing players to take it down a notch and restore some sanity to the game. Until Monday, when Claude Giroux’s hissy-fit earned him a suspension and the Phoenix Coyotes situation was addressed by Gary Bettman, the hockey world went three weeks talking about nothing but the beauty of the game and these playoffs.

No CBA talk, no relocation rumours and no horrible head-shots. Thanks, Raffi.

Continue reading for news about Olli Jokinen’s surgery and the Flames’ signing of Roman Cervenka.

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Amazing how suspending someone for 1/3 of a season for being a jackass gets everyone’s attention.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/09/12 at 09:09 PM ET

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