The NHL’s Department of Player Safety called San Jose Sharks winger Raffi Torres in today for a little one-on-one meeting after reviewing his hit to the head of Kings center Jarrett Stoll in the series opener Tuesday night.
The result? He’s suspended for the duration of the playoff series, which means anywhere from 3 to 6 games. Stoll was to sit out game 2 on Thursday due to the hit, and perhaps longer.
Per USA Today Sports: ‘NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan ruled that the hit on Stoll, which has left him out of Game 2 and day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, violated the illegal hit to the head rule. Torres had been penalized for charging.’
Kings coach Darryl Sutter called the hit “careless,” and before the suspension was announced, said it really didn’t matter because the damage is already done. “Our player is quite a bit more important than theirs,” he said.