If Raffi Torres plays another game for the Vancouver Canucks in this series — maybe these playoffs — there is more wrong with the hierarchy of his team than there is with the officiating crew that decided trying to take Brent Seabrook's head off Sunday evening deserved only a minor for interference.
He has to go, and his employers have to lump it.
Barely back from a four-game suspension for a hit to the head of Edmonton's Jordan Eberle, Torres — evidently a slow learner — charged and left his feet to hit Chicago's Brian Campbell in the first period, but that's just stock Torres stuff. A serial charger/boarder, it's his style. Served his roughing minor, no harm done.
The hit on Seabrook, just after the Canucks had struck for two quick goals to dull the fever in the United Center — in a Game 3 the Blackhawks ought to have been leading by at least a couple — was just … wrong.
Never mind that Seabrook went back to the Chicago bench, was allowed to ignore the NHL's much-ballyhooed suspected-concussion protocol, and played two more shifts, one of which featured two more hits — again by Torres, and by Tanner Glass — on which Seabrook went down awkwardly.
And only then did he leave for medical attention. And he was back playing in the third period, which is admirable and possibly stupid but undeniably brave.
That's the Blackhawks' problem to sort out, and Seabrook's.
Never mind that the penalty gave the Hawks a power play that produced the tying goal, one that allowed Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to flex their scoring muscles and perhaps regain a bit of confidence … for all the good it will do them, now that they're down 3-0 in the series and all but done.
Canuck Raffi Torres' demolition hit wrong, and he should pay for it
Vancouver Sun | Apr 18