and the Sharks’ repeat offender is suspended for the rest of the Western Conference semifinals. That means it could be a maximum of seven games if the series goes that far. It could be a minimum of three games if the Kings were to sweep. The Kings won
Game 1 2-0 on Tuesday. Torres had a hearing at the NHL headquarters in New York today. He was suspended for an illegal hit to the head. Torres hit Jarret Stoll at 19:02 in the second period of Game 1. Stoll didn’t return to the game and is out.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter likes center Brad Richardson’s game. He had no second thoughts about inserting him into Jarret Stoll’s spot on the third line. But since Richardson plays a position at which the Kings have an embarrassment of riches, Sutter spent most of the regular season scratching him from the lineup.
Here’s a blog entry from our sister paper, the San Jose Mercury News:
The reaction was a mix of disbelief and frustration Wednesday as the Sharks dealt with the fact they may not have Raffi Torres in their lineup for a while.
Here’s more from Kings captain Dustin Brown after Wednesday’s practice:
Team captain Dustin Brown offered his opinions on all things relating to the Raffi Torres-Jarret Stoll incident in the second period of the Kings’ 2-0 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday. Brown gave a level-headed assessment of the play and the possible ramifications when the teams meet for Game 2 on Thursday night. He was calm, cool and collected as he spoke to reporters after Wednesday’s practice.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter delivered the news Wednesday in his usual quirky manner. When asked for an update on injured center Jarret Stoll, Sutter said simply, “Missing in action.” When asked whether Stoll might be sidelined long-term by an apparent upper-body injury, Sutter asked, “How long is the series?”
“I really don’t know,” Sutter added.
The Kings suffered a noteworthy loss Tuesday in Game 1, when veteran center Jarret Stoll was forced from the game after the Sharks’ Raffi Torres slammed him against the glass and was penalized for charging at 19 minutes, 2 seconds of the second period.
Stoll did not return to the Kings’ bench for the third period and general manager Dean Lombardi said after the game that he didn’t know the extent of his injury. Kings coach Darryl Sutter would say only, “We weren’t resting him and he didn’t come back.”
Torres said he didn’t believe his hit was worthy of a penalty.
The Kings left town Sunday for a five-game trip with a two-game losing streak and a scoreless streak that stretched for more than two contests. They begin their final lengthy trip of the season with a stop in Chicago on Monday night to face the league-leading Blackhawks. Chicago (24-3-3) haven’t played since losing Wednesday to the Ducks at the Honda Center. The Kings (17-12-2) lost Saturday to the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center. After facing the Blackhawks, the Kings fly to Washington to visit the White House and to be honored Tuesday as the 2012 Stanley Cup champions by President Obama. Then it’s on to St. Louis, Minnesota, Dallas and Phoenix before returning home April 4.
Kings team captain Dustin Brown planted himself near the left goal post in the opening moments of a power play Monday night at Staples Center, received a flawless cross-ice pass from defenseman Slava Voynov and slammed the puck into the back of the net.
Nothing to see here. Move along. The Calgary Flames three-game trip to Southern California turned nightmarish long before they played the Kings for the second time in three nights Monday at Staples Center. After all, the Kings hammered them 6-2 on Saturday and the Ducks thumped them 4-0 on Friday at the Honda Center. So, when the Kings jumped to a 2-0 lead Monday, it hardly seemed unexpected. Dustin Brown (power play) and Jarret Stoll scored in the game’s first 10 minutes and the Kings appeared to be rolling toward their second straight win over the Flames.