Depending on which team you talked to, Raffi Torres' hit on Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the second period Sunday night was either "brutal" or not even worth the interference penalty it drew. That the division of opinions runs straight between the Hawks and Canucks is not surprising. Torres, who missed the first two games of the series because of a suspension for an elbow to the head of the Oilers' Jordan Eberle during the regular season, leveled an unsuspecting Seabrook with shoulder-to-chin hit that forced the defenseman to undergo a concussion test. Torres was assessed a two-minute penalty and Seabrook missed the final few minutes of the second but returned in the third. "Brutal," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Major (penalty), absolutely. I thought it was a major live, and seeing the replay, clearly. We're lucky (Seabrook is) a big Western Canadian kid. Someone else might have been on a stretcher. "Is it a suspension? That's not my call, the guy hasn't been back one game off (a suspension) and he does that." Canucks coach Alain Vigneault saw it differently. "I didn't think it was a penalty," he said. "Obviously, you never want to see a player get hurt and I understand where (the NHL) is going with it, but hockey is a physical game." Torres refused to comment after the game (as did officials), but Seabrook spoke about the hit. "I felt it on my cheek and my ear," he said. "I didn't have control of the puck. He's a hard-nosed guy. He's been in trouble with the league before and I'm going to leave it at that and let them take a look at it." While the league will likely look into the hit, the Hawks might deal with any punishment to Torres themselves come Tuesday night during Game 4.
Quenneville has major beef with Torres' hit on Seabrook
Chicago Tribune | Apr 18