Torres: "I'm not trying to hurt anybody'

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

DETROIT -- It was clean, but it was still ugly.

Joe Louis Arena went dead silent in the second period last night when a hellacious Raffi Torres hit on Jason Williams knocked the Red Wings centre unconscious and sent him to the hospital in an ambulance.

Williams was focused on a wraparound attempt and didn't see Torres, who came in with his feet planted and elbows down. He crushed the 26-year-old, who was out before his face smashed into the ice.

"I heard a loud collision, really loud,'' said Oilers netminder Dwayne Roloson, who immediately waved over the trainers. "I don't know what happened after that.''

Williams slid into the corner in a motionless heap, blood gushing from the cut on his forehead. Roloson immediately called for the trainers. After several minutes he was removed on a stretcher and taken to a waiting ambulance.

"It didn't look good,'' said teammate Nick Lidstrom. "He was out for a couple of minutes but then he came to on the ice. He was alert and responding to us when we were talking to him.''

Williams gave a wave to the crowd while being wheeled off and was taken to a local hospital for observation. There don't appear to be any serious injuries.

Torres, shaken by the play, didn't see the ice again until late in the third period.

"That's Mac's decision,'' he said.

"It's tough to see something like that. As a fan or a player you don't want to see anything like that. You don't want to see an ambulance come out on the ice and a guy who's banged up.''

As for the hit itself, Torres says it's part of the game.

"We've gone through this before. I'm not trying to hurt anybody,'' said Torres, a fierce checker who sent Doug Weight to the sidelines in last year's Cup final.

"I'm not trying to hurt anybody; I have to finish my hits out there, it's part of the game. I'm not trying to hurt anyone, I wish him the best - I hope he's all right.''


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