NHL

Sharks' Torres puts hard hit on Kings' Stoll

05/15 1:05 AM

San Jose Sharks winger Raffi Torres leveled Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll with a thunderous hit late in the second period that appeared to be a bit high and in the head area in Tuesday night's Game 1.

LOS ANGELES -- Raffi Torres has managed to stay out of trouble since returning this season from a suspension that carried over from last year's devastating playoff hit on Marian Hossa.

Torres found the spotlight, however, Tuesday night when the San Jose Sharks winger leveled Jarret Stoll with a thunderous hit late in the second period that appeared to be a bit high and in the head area, although the Los Angeles Kings center was slightly bent reaching for the puck. Torres got a charging penalty on the play.

Stoll did not play in the third period.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter would not comment on the hit itself, only to say about Stoll: "Well, we weren't resting him and he didn't come back (in the third period)," said Sutter.

A source told ESPN.com that the NHL Player Safety group in New York was certainly looking at it, as it does for any play that's even close to controversial. It wasn't clear yet late Tuesday night if anything else would come of it.

"Clean hit, not even a charging penalty in my opinion," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan.

Which is also how Torres saw it after the game.

"To be honest with you, I didn't even think there was going to be a penalty," Torres told reporters. "They called it charging, but I don't think that I launched myself. I took a step and a half, then I glided into him.

"Obviously, he was leaning over. I got shoulder to his shoulder, and then it kind of looked, because he was leaning over, that it came up a little high. I didn't think it was a penalty, but I hope he's all right."


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