The Sharks will skate without Raffi Torres for the rest of the second-round series with the Kings after the forward was suspended by the NHL for his hit on Jarret Stoll in Game 1.
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San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres has been suspended for the remainder of the Western Conference Semifinals for an illegal hit to the head of Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll during Game 1 of the series in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 14, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 19:02 of the second period. Torres was assessed a minor penalty for charging. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Torres is considered a repeat offender.
Torres, 31, tallied six points in 11 games with the Sharks after he was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes for a third-round pick just before the April 3 trade deadline.
Without Torres, who had been skating on a line with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, the Sharks practiced with the following lines in their morning skate Thursday:
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Joe Pavelski
TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
James Sheppard - Scott Gomez - Tommy Wingels
Andrew Desjardins - Tim Kennedy - Bracken Kearns
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Adam Burish (right hand) and Marty Havlat (lower body) remain out.
Stoll is out for the Kings, and will be replaced by Brad Richardson in the Los Angeles lineup in Game 2.
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