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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


Comments

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

Heatley Breakway called offside was the major tippint point in the game..Torres is just a goon he has no place in hockey .Look all his head shots and the he dives that bad. 



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

Lemmie guess ....bandwagon jumper?



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

One down 7 to go ladies ...San jose does not have the backend to compete in this series period.



Since: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

Juggins says:  "Here's a suggestion. Keep your elbow down!"

Are you effing kidding me?!?  Heatley has his arm extending touching the glass while he is digging out the puck.  Torres flies in and HITS HEATLEY'S ARM WHILE IT WAS ALREADY THERE, EXTENDED OUT TOUCHING THE GLASS.  Soorres runs into his outstretched rm and they call that elbowing???  Did you watch the same play at all.......anyone???  Torres reacted like he was struck by an elbow, WHICH HE WAS ---- HE RAN INTO HEATLEYS ARM!!!!  Torres whould have received a penalty for flopping, and another for "FACING HEATLEY"S ARM".



Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

How any fan of San Jose can complain about diving or embellishing with a straight face is beyond comical.  Watching that team in the Detroit series was disgraceful. 

Lets be honest.  The Canucks were a much better team last night.  They got the call on Lapierre correct and the elbow on Heater was right on the money.  We are probably in for a long series.

 




Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

I'm watching hockey again, the new game is much better, looking forward to the rest of the playoffs now.



Lemmie guess.... Canucks fan?

Im watching basketball again... Always loved the Bulls!  Ever since way back in the 90s with Jordan and Pippen! Hope they win more! weeeeeeeeeeee



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

Referees will never, ever call a dive in the playoffs by itself- there must be some accompanying penalty for them to even take action.  The net result is that guys like Maxim LaPierre and Raffi Torres can embellish at will, hoping to draw the penalty.  It's a league-wide problem, not just constrained to the Canucks.  The NHL has probably the best refereeing of any major professional sport, but it's still extremely poor and inconsistent at times.  At the start of the regular season, interference and tripping will probably begin to be called again... 



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

"i'm watching hockey again now."

I bet your team is proud to have you as a fan.  "well my guys are in the conf finals, think i'll start watching again!!!!!"



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:30 am
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

Here's a suggestion. Keep your elbow down! You can't argue that there was contact there. Let's see you take an elbow from one of these guys and not react to it.



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:26 am
 

Torres sells elbow, keys Canucks' Game 1 win

"plus the offside call on the sharks that was a clear breakaway but bounced off a canuck player"

Getting that one wrong was BIG.  That was going to be 1on1 with clear advantage to the stick.

I'm watching hockey again, the new game is much better, looking forward to the rest of the playoffs now.



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