Torres' hit on Seabrook angers Hawks

April, 17, 2011
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CHICAGO -- Though it’s hardly the reason the Chicago Blackhawks lost Game 3 on Sunday, Vancouver Canucks winger Raffi Torres should be facing another suspension for an illegal hit.

His head blow to Brent Seabrook in the second period was as scary as they come. His shoulder/elbow slammed into the side of Seabrook’s face, eventually sending him to the dressing room although he returned for the third period.

Torres was given just a minor penalty and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thought he got off way too easily.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThe Blackhawks' Chris Campoli hits the Canucks' Raffi Torres after Torres knocked down Brent Seabrook.
“[It was] brutal, major [penalty], absolutely,” Quenneville said angrily after the 3-2 loss. “I thought it was a major [penalty] live, and seeing the replay, clearly. We’re lucky [Seabrook is] a big Western Canadian kid, someone else might have been on a stretcher. We could have scored four goals off that. Is it a suspension? That’s not my call, the guy hasn’t been back one game off [a suspension] and he does that.”

Torres was coming off a four-game suspension which spanned the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs. Game 3 was his first game back.
Seabrook downplayed the hit, saying he didn’t see it coming and hadn’t seen a replay.

“I felt it on my cheek and my ear,” Seabrook said.

Seabrook’s teammates predictably came to Seabrook’s defense.

“His reputation as of late speaks for itself,” Jonathan Toews said of Torres. “He’s not trying to go in there and make a play. He’s trying to hurt one of our players. To us that’s pretty obvious. It is what it is. We said in the locker room there is a time for everything and we’ll deal with it accordingly.”

Scott’s penalty: Until John Scott was called for interference at 9:56 of the second period, the Hawks had been playing a flawless game. Scott’s penalty was the team’s first, but it changed the momentum. Vancouver scored on the ensuing power play, and again 54 seconds later.

“I didn’t even see him,” Scott said of Maxim Lapierre. “He just went down and sold it pretty good. He’s got to call it. He’s known for diving and embellishing stuff. I think it was a bad call but he has to call it.”

Scott said he was trying to check defenseman Alexander Edler but ended up hitting Lapierre.

“You can’t put that on him,” Toews said. “You get one call like that you disagree with. We have to find out a way to kill that. For them to get a goal like that off the draw is unacceptable.”

Scott didn’t play another shift in the game.

Desperation talk: The Hawks know the hole they are in. Only three teams, including the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, have come back from a 3-0 series deficit to win.

Quenneville: “We’re in an awful spot right now, and I don’t think you want to look any further than trying to get something positive going in our direction.”

Brian Campbell: “You got to get one first and see from there. You think about four, you’ll be climbing some mountain and you’re never going to get there.”

Seabrook: “We’ve dug ourselves a hole here. We have to find a way to get a big win.”

Slappers

  • Though he scored on a power play and was on the ice for the second Hawks goal, Duncan Keith finished the night minus-1, as did Campbell. They’re a team-worst minus-4 in the series.

  • Marian Hossa had two shots on net and is pointless through three games.

  • Much was made of the Blackhawks’ power plays, but defense wins championships and the Hawks didn’t bear down when they needed to.

    “If they don’t go in, you have to find a way to keep them out of your net,” Toews said. “We didn’t do that.”

  • The Hawks will not practice on Monday, instead holding a team meeting in advance of Tuesday’s Game 4.
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    Chicago Cubs beat reporter
    Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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