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Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:08 am
Edited on: May 16, 2011 2:56 am
 
Raffi Torres sold it better than (enter the name of a has-been actor here) pushes reverse mortgages on your grandparents.

The Vancouver Canucks forward -- who plays on and often over the line -- acted as if the elbow of Sharks forward Dany Heatley was encased in concrete as the two battled along the boards in the third period of Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday night. Torres flailed to make sure the referee didn’t miss it, which he didn’t as an elbowing minor was called.

Henrik Sedin scored on the ensuing power play as the Canucks came away with a 3-2 victory at Rogers Arena. Torres wasn’t on the ice for Sedin’s second goal of the playoffs, but give him an assist anyway.

Here’s a link to the collision, which can be found 2:56 in.

You wouldn’t think Torres would get the benefit of many of those sorts of calls. He was suspended the final two games of the regular season and the first two contests of the playoffs for a hit to the head of Edmonton Oilers rookie Jordan Eberle. Torres' collision with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the first round was also looked at by the league, but NHL officials decided not to suspend him.

Torres wasn’t called for a dive on Sunday, but teammate Maxim Lapierre -- who is no stranger to flopping -- took the minor. He went off for two minutes as he embellished a hold by Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, who also went to the box.

In total, the Canucks got four power-play opportunities to the Sharks’ one. Maybe it was a good indication of how the night would go for the Sharks in the call department as captain Joe Thornton was tossed out of the circle on the opening faceoff.

The Detroit Red Wings had complained that Thornton was jumping the faceoffs in their second-round series. Apparently, the Canucks were the beneficiary of those gripes.

-- A. J. Perez


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:11 pm
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Since: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:15 am
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

Sorry Scratch but you are stretching it.  I'm not sure if you play hockey or not but if you do then you know that people do not carry their elbows up around their ears unless they are using them for some other purpose.  He was using his arms to keep Torres away from the puck and he made contact with Torres' head.  That's an elbow by the rules.  Good try.  Better luck next time.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 5:14 am
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

if you cant beat them, if you know you'ar out matched, then criticize them as seen in the Predators series, now with the  Sharks......
play the game and STFU. I know Mike Gillis criticized the officiating (as a whole not a team for a specific issue as the SJ and Nash did) himself in the Chicago series, but he got fined for that...

 



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

The goal of a good referee is to not affect the outcome of the game with spurious calls. And if that call is the result of Throwing your head as if blugeoned with a bat the result is a disrespect for the game. I have seen many players disrespect the sport on occasion and some teams/individuals on a more frequent basis. I applaud a good hit as it is part of the game but frown on the 'floppers" who have come to regard a prize as the reason for playing the game.  



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

This article is 100% on the money. It was the best " he touched my face...so I'm gonna throw myself around" play of the game. Causes the power-play that changed the entire momentum of the game. Just ask the Nashville team if they thought the Canucks were doing that in their series.



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

I don't know what replay you all are watching, Heatley is not digging the puck out.  He tries to block torres from getting to the puck by sticking his arm out.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

Actually you might follow your own advice there girly. It's call 'embellishment' and doesn't require a body to hit the ice, but you would know that if you knew the rules. Or in other words, 'physician, heal thyself'.



Since: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

Hey – “Players are responsible for their sticks and elbows.  Heatley had his in a place it shouldn't have been.  Learn the rules before spouting off.”

OK, here’s the rule:

Rule 45 – Elbowing -- 45.1 Elbowing - Elbowing shall mean the use of an extended elbow in a manner that may or may not cause injury.

OK, you tell me, was Heatley’s elbow EXTENDED….no it was not, his arm was but not the eblow.....bogus call…




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

I guess it's a good thing that this is a best of 7 series. The first game is just that, the first game, not last. Sharks should be able to see what 'Nucs strategy is, get low and look for a cutter down the slot on the opposite side. 'Nucs also seem to be employing Wings' strategy of shooting on Nemo from anywhere and hoping for a rebound. 1st goal doesn't even happen if everybody had a stick. 2nd goal was Nemo's fault and not likely to happen again and the 3rd on the missed embellishment call. Still, the Sharks were outskated in the third and spent too much time in jailbreak mode, that will likely change for game 2.
What intrigues me is how the refs will respond to how they influenced the game as a result of missed calls. How will they respond to their mistakes. That in itself might have an impact. Even with a better called game the 'Nucs had speed through the neutral zone creating chances but could only gain the advantage in the third when the Sharks lost their legs a little. Sharks missed a couple of good chances while the 'Nucs capitalized on theirs.
Game 2s historically have a greater number of series winners than game 1s so the next one should be quite a donnybrook. Can't wait.



Since: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

Odd that everyone is accusing Torres of diving or flopping.  Look at the video.  He stayed on his skates.  Yes his head went back but that was after contact with the elbow.  And the suggestion that because Torres may have run into Heatley's elbow while Heatley was digging for the puck is about as relevant as saying a high sticking call shouldn't be made when the player is carrying his stick high and someone runs into it.  Players are responsible for their sticks and elbows.  Heatley had his in a place it shouldn't have been.  Learn the rules before spouting off.   


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