"Brutal. Major. Absolutely, (The referees) missed it. We could have scored four goals on that play. Is it a suspension? I don't have to worry about that. The guy didn't even get through his first game back off one. It's not my call." Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told reporters following his team's 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
With 7:50 left in the second period the Vancouver Canuck forward Raffi Torres absolutely hammers the unsuspecting Olympic gold medal defenseman; Brent Seabrook. To all of the terrified fans at the madhouse's delight Seabrook continued to play.
Right after severing his pathetic two minute penalty (for interference); Torres nails Seabrook again, and this time the defenseman headed to the locker room.
Where to start? How about with the NHL officiating crew. How can the NHL expect anyone to take there "zero" tolerance stance seriously when the referees ignore the rules. They sent Raffi Torres off two minute for interference; really interference. So how does the NHL define interference?
Rule 56 - Interference: A player who is behind an opponent, who does not have the puck, may not use his stick, body or free hand in order to restrain his opponent, but must skate in order to gain or reestablish his proper position in order to make a check.
Straight out of the NHL rule book. Since that is not what Raffi Torres did let's look at what the rule book does say about that.
Rule 48 - Illegal Check to the Head
48.1 Illegal Check to the Head - A lateral or blind side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.
48.2 Minor Penalty - There is no provision for a minor penalty for this rule.
All of this makes me wonder if the NHL officiating crew even reads the rules. The NHL has to do a better job with communicating the actual rules to the referees in the league. Everyone remembers back in January when the star of the NHL Sidney Crosby took a shot to the head during the Winter Classic, and the Referees did nothing; neither did the league.
All of that has to change for the sake of this sport that we all love. Raffi Torre did the exact same thing to Edmonton's Jordan Eberle, which makes him a repeat offender. The league should throw the book at him just as they finally did to Penguins headhunter Matt Cooke, and Islanders crazy man Trevor Gillies.
The league has to take a stand now.