After watching Boston Gregg's new video (he is hillarious) I youtubed Raffi Torres to see if I could find a compilation of his hits and was surprised that I couldn't...he's had so many memorable ones and his physical play along with the acquisition of malhotra prior to the season is the reason the Canucks are in the finals.
I was also shocked by what I heard in the replay of the two individual hits I did watch: The Eberle Major and the hit on Seabrook.
In the Eberle hit the Oilers commentary said the hit was to an unsuspecting player.
In the Chicago series we see the puck roll around the boards to Seabrook behind the net. He is waiting for the puck on his backhand being a righthanded defender and as it skips past him he reaches for it, only to be obliterated by Torres.
I didn't have to re-watch the Horton hit from game three by Aaron Rome but clearly Horton is admiring his pass in a high-traffic zone.
"That is a dirty play....Seabrook hadn't even touched the puck....he might have stuck the elbow out. It's a dirty play....Elbow in to the jaw...this is what's disturbing, if Seabrook had've stayed down and milked this." CSN broadcasters
"Torres clobbered Eberle...I think for Raffi Torres you can say goodbye to the first round of the playoffs....that's a clip, that's an unsuspecting players....definitely looked like a high one....you can't tel me that's not a head shot..." CBC Broadcast Crew in a mean-nothing game, one of many established by the NHLs flawed draft process as shit teams like Edmonton ice the worst line-up possible to win the "Fall for Hall"
A HIGH HIT? EBERELE, THE ROOKIE, MADE A ROOKIE MISTAKE IN MANS LEAGUE: DON"T REACH FOR THE PUCK!!! I HOPE HE LEARNED HIS LESSON.
"Right after he distributed the puck (yes it was, thanks for calling it like it really is)...that is a late hit by aaron rome (pardon?)....that's rule 48...a high hit to a vulnerable player"
DON'T BE VULNERABLE....THERE"S A WINDOW IN WHICH IT IS ACCEPTABLE TO BE HIT...THIS HIT WAS AT THE LONG END OF THAT TIME FRAME, BUT BARELY.
In all of these plays a physical player in a contact sport made a hit that is now deemd "predatory". Can anybody tell me
"That's why the league put in rule 48 to protect players in that situation" - - I'm sorry, where I came from people were taught how to play. Taught how to take a hit.
Don't watch your pass Nathan! Don't reach for a puck Jordan! Don't reach back and not look on the dump in Brent! Sorry, but this league and some of those around it are all to happy to spin-doctor these hits to make it look like those dishing them out are horrible evil players, but the nature of hockey is to punish those getting comfortable making plays that should be restricted by the very nature of this physical game. This isn't even hockey anymore.