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Hawks coach Quenneville sickened by refs non-call on Torres

Apr 17, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

We’ve heard a number of people’s take on Raffi Torres‘ hit on Marian Hossa. If you missed it, you can take a look at the incident below:

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Hossa left the ice on a stretcher and was then put in an ambulance. Torres was not penalized for his actions. Bob McKenzie said the hit was “illegal on so many levels.”

Hossa’s coach, Joel Quenneville gave a brief, but passionate in-game interview following the incident. You can watch it below:

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  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Coach Q is right. Too bad Bettman will find this as a reason to fine him. The NHL has become a laughing stock to the casual fan.

  2. shutyourfivehole - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Kinda troubling that (allegedly) none of the four on-ice officials saw any of the hit. I can buy them missing a guy playing the puck from the bench (heh heh), but two large men colliding in the middle of a hockey rink? I hope the league is happy.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      Only the Referees (fellas with the orange bands) can call a penalty in that case.

      • fourfeatherfury - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:47 AM

        Linesmen can call game misconducts.

      • bear654 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:05 AM

        Pretty sure the lineys can call majors too.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:06 AM

        http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26320

        Based on the NHL Rule Book, I’m not so sure.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:15 AM

        The Linesman must report upon completion of play, any circumstances pertaining to:
        (i) Major penalties
        (ii) Match penalties
        (iii) Misconduct penalties
        (iv) Game Misconduct penalties

        Sounds like as soon as they stopped the play to help Hossa either of the linesmen could’ve had Torres kicked out.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:29 AM

        The Linesman would report to the official. We need someone who can actually knows all this haha. I am just going off of what I have seen.

    • tommytd - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:15 AM

      The league should be ashamed…but after all, look at the moron who’s running the show! He’s an idiot.

  3. jturkington - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Hey coach, remember when the four guys missed the call on Duncan Keith’s elbow to Daniel Sedin? You and your players are just as guilty of playing this dirty brand of hockey as any other team in the league is. Wipe away the tears and get ready for game four.

    • tbeilfuss - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      ^^^^complete idiot. Nice try but Keith got a penalty for elbowing…….get a clue

  4. comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    It’s just funny that they can wait to see if Mike Smith is “hurt” before they finally toss Shaw, but a repeat offender leaves his feet, taken out in a stretcher, and he gets to keep playing.

    It was fun to watch him turtle on the ice once Bollig went after him. Tells you all you need to know about him.

    • tbeilfuss - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      he knew he f’d up that’s why he turtled.

  5. tbeilfuss - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    complete idiot. Nice try but Keith got a penalty for elbowing…….get a clue

  6. capsfan19 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    If ovi gets three games for this, torres should get some sort of suspension.

  7. tommytd - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:17 AM

    Since that moron Bettman was at the game, maybe Torres gets fined $5,000 instead.

  8. eggserino - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    I am so tired of the NHL’s inconsistency as it relates to enforcing the rules of the game. I’m not a fan of either one of these teams, but it seems obvious that there was an illegal check. Torres left his feet.

    I understand that the game is fast, but you can’t miss calls like that. Additionally, how does Bettman guarantee that this will be reviewed for supplemental discipline? If no penalty was called, there has been no supplemental discipline review in the past.

    The NHL says they want clutching and grabbing out of the game. It creeps back in (maybe to slow gunners trying to check defensemen, but it’s all over the ice again). The NHL says it is taking head shots seriously. Really? Shea Weber? Brent Burns? TJ Galiardi? Now Raffi Torres?

    It almost seems like the NHL is using these types of hits as a way to garner media attention for the game. I heard someone say once, “no attention is bad attention for the NHL.” Is that the state of our game?

    The owners will never agree to fix the problem. The problem, very simply, is that the ice is too small for the speed and size of the players in today’s game. Make the ice bigger and it makes it harder to make that body check without opening up massive passing lanes/ give guys easier access through the ice. That will cost the owners money in attendance numbers.

    I’m tired of the constant rules tinkering. It confuses the players and the referees and disciplinarians look like idiots.

  9. spolzie - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Unlike many have blogged, the NHL is not a goon league but a business. It would be quite surprising if the Commissioner’s office, the head of officating and most likely the owners have not already had discussions on how the post season officiating will loosen up enough to allow for rougher play to draw the interest of a larger viewing audience. When it comes to the hit on Hossa, this was a cheapshot no doubt and the hammer should come down on Torres especially as he does not respect the game and is a repeat offender. Lastly, to support my prior comments, it seems odd to me that Shanahan’s rulings during the regular season where right on the mark for me and somehow miraculously they have been quite different or at least inconsistent in this post season. He is obviously being over ruled by Bettman and Company.

  10. jpcnhl123 - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Maybe the NHL should institute an eye for an eye rule in the playoffs. Torres being suspended will not impact the series in a major way. What if the Hawks were able to pick who had to sit out on the Coyotes for each game Hossa is unable to skate? Cheap shots in the playoffs would now be extremely costly.

    Even with Torres suspended, the Coyotes still the get better deal with Hossa being out.

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