San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres has been suspended for the remainder of the second round by the NHL's Department of Player Safety, the league announced Thursday. The number of games he ultimately misses could be anywhere from three to six, depending on how long the series between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings continues.
Torres' suspension is directly related to his hit on Jarret Stoll In Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinal on Tuesday night. The play occurred at the 19-minute mark of the second period during a Los Angeles offensive zone attack. Torres connected on the hit while Stoll was trying to sustain the drive.forward
Stoll did not return to the game after the play, while Torres was given a two-minute charging penalty.
In his postgame comments, Torres stated he didn't believe the play was a penalty, which was an opinion his coach, Todd McLellan, agreed with. Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter called the play "careless" on Wednesday and stated that Stoll would not be available for some time.
Here is the official explanation of the suspension from the NHL:
This marks the second consecutive postseason that Torres has been disciplined by the Department of Player Safety. During the 2012 playoffs, Torres was suspended 25 games for a hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (the number was later reduced to 21 games after appeal).