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Raffi Torres Hit on Brent Seabrook Will Result in a Long Suspension (Video)

Vancouver Canucks winger Raffi Torres had just returned from a four-game suspension for hitting Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle when he got into more trouble for another hit. Midway through the second period of Game 3 between the Canucks and Blackhawks, Torres blindsided Brent Seabrook with an elbow to the head. Here’s a video of the hit:

Torres is a repeat offender, who led with his elbow, straight to the head of Brent Seabrook. The NHL is trying to crack down on head shots ever since Matt Cooke leveled Marc Savard last year. We may be anticipating a Stanley Cup run for the Canucks, but after that hit they’ll probably be doing most of it without Torres.

Honestly Raffi Torres, you return from a four-game suspension for a hit only to do that? I don’t have anything to say except if Mike Scioscia were your coach, he’d probably give you the look of disbelief:

UPDATE: Torres will not be suspended for the hit.

Pavel Datsyuk Goes Between the Legs on Darren Helm Goal (Video)

The Detroit Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 Saturday to go up 2-0 on Phoenix, but their series advantage is not what people are talking about. What has everyone buzzing is the goal Darren Helm scored after Pavel Datsyuk went between his legs to deke Ilya Bryzgalov, setting up an easy rebound. Take a look at the Datsyuk through the legs video to see a true wizard with the puck:

As the announcer said, Datsyuk wasn’t even hot-dogging either, he was just doing something to give himself a better shot on goal and it paid off. With puck handling and improvisational skills like that, is it any surprise Datsyuk had a hand in all four Detroit goals Saturday? Not at all.

Video via NHL.com

Video: Bruins Analyst Joe Haggerty Shoves Canadiens Fan

On Thursday I told you it doesn’t get any better than the Boston Bruins vs. the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Considering the Bruins came out and completely laid an egg and looked uninspired, you might be inclined to tell me I’m wrong. That’s a fair point, but if you need proof that this is about more than just a hockey game we have it. Check out this video of Joe Haggerty shoving a Canadiens fan:

How can you not love this? Any other analyst in any other game probably would have giggled and said something like, “oh look at this we’ve got fans trying to join us on the set!” Not Haggerty. He straight up stiff-armed that Montreal fan right out of the frame. Does that look like the face of a man who’s joking around? Do you think he would have done that to a Bruins fan? Do you think he won’t have done it to a non-Canadiens fan? No, no, and no. Here’s hoping the Bruins come out with a little more fight in them on Saturday.

Does it Get Any Better Than Bruins-Canadiens in The First Round?

Like the NBA playoffs, the NHL playoffs are a long grind.  Anytime you have 16 teams in a tournament that is set up in best-of-seven format, things are going to take a while.  In order to reach the Stanley Cup Finals a team has to win 12 games.  With that in mind, it would be understandable if casual hockey fans had trouble getting excited about the opening round of the NHL playoffs.  However, when the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens take the ice — opening round or Eastern Conference Finals — all eyes should be watching.

When the puck drops at 7 p.m EST in Boston Thursday night, it will signal the beginning of anything but “just another series.”  These two teams despise each other and have since the 1950s.  Some like to call the Yankees and Red Sox the greatest rivalry in professional sports.  While there is certainly an argument to be made for that, I can guarantee you wouldn’t see a Bruin and a Canadien shooting the breeze during a game the way Derek Jeter and Dustin Pedroia do when one of them reaches second base.  The fans may hate each other more than the players do, but the guys with the sticks aren’t far behind.

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