San Jose Sharks winger Raffi Torres was suspended Thursday for the rest of the second-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings as a result of his hit on Kings center Jarret Stoll in Game 1 on Tuesday night.
"Rather than hit Stoll through the core of his body, Torres takes a route that makes Stoll's head the principle point of contact," NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said in announcing the league's punishment. "Although we'd agree Torres might make initial contact with Stoll's shoulder, that is a glancing blow. In fact, the head is the principle point of contact. ...
"Torres neither leaps nor uses his elbow in delivering this hit. However, if he chooses to attempt a hit such as this, Torres must take a route that ensures he hits through the core of the body and does not make the head the principle point of contact."
Torres has been suspended three times previously during his career, including a 25-game suspension stemming from a hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa in the 2012 playoffs while playing for Phoenix that later was reduced to 21 games.
Torres was assessed only a two-minute minor for the hit on Stoll, who suffered a head injury in the Kings' 2-0 win. Stoll didn't return for the third period on Tuesday night and was not at practice on Wednesday.
Torres had two goals and four assists in 11 regular-season games for the Sharks after he was acquired from the Coyotes. He has one goal in five postseason games.