Some might believe that Raffi Torres’ hit on Jarret Stoll stands as another example of the San Jose Sharks winger going over the line. Others may say that his negative reputation explains why it was a two-minute charging penalty in the first place.
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun that he didn’t think Torres went over the line during that hit from Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
“Clean hit,” McLellan said. “[It] wasn’t even a charging penalty, in my opinion.”
Officials didn’t see it that way, however, handing the 31-year-old a minor penalty for that check.
Want to decide for yourself? Here’s video of some of the chippy play that took place in the final frame of Game 1:
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.