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Sharks coach says Torres didn’t deserve penalty for hit on Stoll

May 15, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

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Some might believe that Raffi Torreshit 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:

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  1. blomfeld - May 15, 2013 at 2:22 AM


    In case you haven’t noticed, I seriously love the LA Kings. But regardless, as a true fan of hockey I don’t see anything wrong with this particular Torres hit. It was ‘clean & violent’ contact, completely ‘consistent” with the spirit of the game. We Kings after all do this ourselves to people ‘night in and night out’ and so what’s the big deal? Stoll will be okay and all will be well, trust me. Anyway, it was a good night friends, so let’s ‘stand down’ from any concerns that we might be having … and let’s be happy eh ? :)

    • garagehero1 - May 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Dude, this post is so full of crap. Is this you, McClellan?

  2. comeonnowguys - May 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    AV never thought Torres deserved a penalty. Tippett never thought he deserved a penalty. Torres never thought he deserved a penalty.

    Come on, you can take the stories from any given previous Torres cycle, change all the other names and game data, schedule the posts to publish at a later time, and take the next three days off.

    Oh, right, three other series. Withdrawn.

  3. manchestermiracle - May 15, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Of course Torres didn’t deserve a penalty. Coaches with a clear bias always say that. Then there’s the coaches who can separate reality from fiction. Torres targeted the head. He even rose from a slight crouch when Stoll did in order to get him in the head.

    Maybe McLellan is trying to influence possible action by Shanahan, but he isn’t doing himself any favors by denying the obvious and he’s just giving Torres a green light to continue the kind of play that ends up with him in the box.

  4. sjsharks66 - May 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I hope Torres continues those hits….seeing as how it was to his shoulder.

    • manchestermiracle - May 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      So you’re saying you want to see him in the penalty box all game? Obviously the ref disagreed with your assessment and sent him off.

  5. acepylut - May 15, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Looks to me like he went for the head. Ban this punk for life.

  6. hockeyflow33 - May 15, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    It looked like it could have gone penalty or no penalty depending on how the game was being called. Even though he’s a db, I don’t think it was a suspendible hit.

  7. garagehero1 - May 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Considering that McClellan is a product of one of the dirtiest systems( detroit) in the NHL….

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