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Raffi Torres Hits Eberle

Big hit from Raffi Torres on Jordan Eberle leads to this fight between Torres and Ryan O`Marra:

The color analyst on Sportsnet comments that this hit is a “goodbye to the first round” for Torres, adding “This hit is exactly the kind of hit they`re trying to get rid of”.

Dan Murphy (via Sportsnet Pacific) on his Twitter):

If Torres gets any games for that it will be 2.

Torres felt Eberle leaned down at the last second reaching for puck which turned shoulder to shoulder into shoulder to head.

Torres: “I thought it was a clean hit. If I don’t make that hit I’ll be out of a job.”

Update 9:10pm PT: A breakdown from NHL Network.

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George Malik's avatar

I’m not a big Torres supporter thanks to the whole Wings-Oilers-06 fun. That being said, Eberle wasn’t hurt, Torres got 5 and a game and yes, Eberle was reaching for the puck, though Torres did ensure that he followed through on the check, which is what he does when he checks people. 2 games and hopefully a lesson learned on Torres’s part, because he is a tremendous checker when he doesn’t get carried away with his enthusiasm.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/06/11 at 02:31 AM ET


Speaking of 2006, as a Sharks fan, I won’t soon forget this hit by Torres: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0KC91Wuz2k

Considering that Torres was in the lineup for the next game and scored the goal that sent it to OT (and turned the series around), I would have no problem with the league throwing the book at him now.  And forever. 

This hit tonight was absolutely in line with his m.o.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 04/06/11 at 04:39 AM ET


Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/06/11 at 12:31 AM ET

I’ll respectfully disagree. I’ve seen a half dozen elbows and dangerous boards from this guy and I hardly ever watched Columbus or Edmonton when he was on those teams.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/06/11 at 05:27 AM ET

Chet's avatar

as debatable as they come:

1) torres had his arm and shoulder firm against his body and legitimately would have gone shoulder to shoulder for a battle. this is how people have always hit in professional hockey! plus, it never happens if eberle isn’t leaning into the puck from an awkward angle. call it a “hockey play” and say torres couldn’t pull up. then say, “look at eberle leaning!”


2) torres took eberle’s head off on purpose where he clearly could have pulled up, because that’s what he has to do to keep his place in the league. it’s awful, it has no place in the modern game, and yet i’ve watched the replay 8 times…

never mind who’s right, and who knows who will care more.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/06/11 at 07:59 AM ET

Chet's avatar


1) players often pass up on an attempt to play the puck to make such contact and cancel/ride their opposition into the boards. this is often not very dangerous at all if each player’s stick is tied up and both players are sliding perpendicular to the boards. this incident looks ugly, but was just a case of high speed, unlucky angles, and a guy “looking to battle” / “finishing his check.”

2) torres veers off playing the puck to make contact, and the hit to the head looks somewhat on purpose with contact from the blind side. three games minimum, dirtbag.

given the NHL’s history, this is as close as they come, but the head shot situation suggests the 2s out-talk the 1s.

range: 2 games - through round 1 of playoffs.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/06/11 at 08:25 AM ET

Chris from NOHS's avatar

Clean hit, not a blindside, Eberle is LEADING with his head, therefore really only giving Torres one choice, let him have the puck or hit him in the head.  You can’t lead with your head and think you’re suddenly safe.  Just like someone can’t use the “hitting from behind” rule to allow them to protect the puck.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Denver CO on 04/06/11 at 11:49 AM ET

awould's avatar

only giving Torres one choice, let him have the puck or hit him in the head.

Not true. Torres could have just scooped up the puck himself given it was 10 feet in front of Eberle. I don’t think this was “blindside” but it was definitely “to the head”.

Also though, he kept his arm down and the elbow to head seemed to me more incidental. I’ve seen many worse hits than this go unpunished. To me, the bad thing about it is that he made no effort to play the puck at all. Also, Torres is dirty and has a history, so as far as “targeting” Eberle, Torres gets no benefit of the doubt. I’d say 1 game suspension, 2 max. But at this point, suspending him for the final 2 games of the season will just give Torres some rest before the playoffs; the Canucks are set at #1.

Posted by awould on 04/06/11 at 01:46 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

To me, the bad thing about it is that he made no effort to play the puck at all.

Yep, exactly.

Eberle put himself to be hit in the head, but call it charging or interference, Torres delivered a head-shot while in the commission of what should have been a penalty regardless of the position of Eberle’s head.  Even if it weren’t a head-shot, it would still be a dirty hit.

Under those circumstances, I’d say suspend Torres.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/06/11 at 02:35 PM ET

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