Torres could be in trouble

Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook lays on the ice after taking a blindside hit to the head from...

Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook lays on the ice after taking a blindside hit to the head from Canucks forward Raffi Torres during Game 3 of their NHL Western conference quarterfinal in Chicago, Ill. on April 17, 2011. (JONATHAN DANIEL/Getty Images/AFP)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:46 AM ET

Raffi Torres just doesn’t get it.

After getting the book thrown at him with a four-game suspension for hitting Edmonton's Jordan Eberle just before the end of the regular season, the NHL has to nail Torres for his actions Sunday night.

In his first game back after serving the sentence, Torres should be headed for another hearing with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell for his careless hit on Chicago's Brent Seabrook in the second period.

All Torres got was an interference penalty for what looked like a blindside hit. Seabrook, hit by Torres a second time later in the period when the 'Hawks probably never should have let him on the ice, left the game briefly.

“(The first hit) met all the criteria for a major and a game misconduct,” said former NHL referee Dan Marouelli on Hockey Night in Canada. “As far as I am concerned, (Torres) is targeting the head of Seabrook. We’re fortunate he wasn’t hurt worse.”

If the NHL wants to send a message, they need to send a strong message to Torres by suspending him for the rest of this round and part of the second round.

Former goalie Glenn Healy didn’t mince words by calling it a “dumb” penalty.

Some NHL players went to Twitter to give their opinion.

“It’s (too) bad to see these kinda hits,” wrote Isles’ winger Michael Grabner. “That’s just no respect.”

Dallas winger Krys Barch didn’t agree with the assessment the hit was dirty.

“Great hit by Torres,” said Barch on his twitter. “What happened about players keeping their head up? ... I can’t believe how people who once played can tear players apart that are playing their heart out now!”

Things I think I think

What do players do in the off-season? Go watch games of course. Isles’ LW Matt Moulson went to MSG to catch Game 3 of the Caps/Rangers series. “Guy tried to hand me a go Rangers towel,” Moulson tweeted. “I laughed in his face.” Actually Matt, the Rangers get the last laugh. They’re in the playoffs ... Boston C Nathan Horton said that Milan Lucic’s nickname is “Ultimate”. Lucic has been the ultimate disappointment in these playoffs. “This is a circumstance for Milan Lucic where they need his presence,” said TSN’s Aaron Ward, a former NHL blueliner. “He’s got to step up. The people in that locker room, the veterans and the coaches, need to pull him aside and get him headed in the right direction. He’s having no bearing on this series whatsoever. He hasn’t been a presence and they’ve got to re-establish him as a presence.” ... If NBC had just shown the inset clock replay of Marian Gaborik’s puck crossing the line at the end of the second, confusion could have been avoided. Instead, they showed it late in the third.

Off the glass

Only in the playoffs would the 'Hawks opting to dress 6-foot-8 John Scott get as much play as it did before Game 3. He played 40 games at an average of six minutes apiece during the season. “If I’m the Vancouver Canucks and I see John Scott getting a lot of ice time, I’m OK with that,” said Hockey Night’s Craig Simpson. Scott, who played 5:20 with four shifts, was in the box for interference when Christian Erhoff tied it up 1-1 at 10:02 of the second ... It took referee Fred L’Ecuyer approximately 10 minutes to get dressed and onto the ice to replace the injured Chris Rooney at 3:44 of the second in New York. Not everybody liked the length of the delay. “He is supposed to be in the officials room or at the Zamboni entrance watching the game with all his gear on with exception of his skates. This change took far more time than it should have,” said former NHL referee/TSN analyst Kerry Fraser in an email.

Around the boards

Mike Fisher is a big hit in the Music City. Why not? Carrie Underwood’s husband scored the winning goal and had a fight in the club’s 4-3 victory over the Ducks in Game 3. Underwood was caught cringing on camera when Fisher dropped the gloves with Ryan Getzlaf in the second ... The ice in Tampa for Game 3 should be awful Monday: Lady Gaga entertained at the St. Pete Times Forum Saturday and Iron Maiden was there Sunday ... That snap shot from a near impossible angle in the circle by Erik Christensen to open the scoring for the Rangers at 5:30 of the second was incredible. “I can’t believe he shot the puck from there. That takes a lot of confidence, a lot of moxie,” said NBC’s Darren Pang. “I looked over at the Rangers’ bench and Bryan McCabe said to his teammate, ‘Wow.’”

The last words

Roberto Luongo is poised to silence his critics: He made 30 saves Sunday and has a .944 save-percentage in three games ... Something I’d like to see: Teemu Selanne, 40, who scored twice in Game 3 against Nashville, accepts a one-year deal with Winnipeg (currently in Phoenix) next season and closes out his career with the Jets.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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