LOS ANGELES -- The San Jose Sharks have confirmed that Raffi Torres is en route to New York for a hearing that could lead to a suspension for his hit on Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll.
The hit on Stoll came at 19:02 of the second period and the Kings center did not return after that. Torres was given a minor penalty for charging.
The fact that it was Torres, who has tried all season to change his style of play and overcome his track record as a dangerous player, has amplified the attention given to the play with varying interpretations.
Immediately after the Sharks 2-0 loss in Game 1, Torres talked about the play.
"To be honest with you, I didn't even think there was going to be a penalty," Torres said. "They called it charging, but I don't think that I launched myself. I took a step and a half, then I glided into him.
"Obviously he was leaning over. I got shoulder to his shoulder, and then it kind of looked, because he was leaning over, that it came up a little high," Torres continued. "I didn't think it was a penalty, but I hope he's all right."
Did Torres think his reputation might lead to NHL discipline?
"No, I don't think so," he said. "We had a chance to look at it and I don't see much coming out of it."
After the game, Sharks coach Todd McLellan called the play a "clean hit, not even a charging penalty, in my opinion."
Kings coach Darryl Sutter made his point about the injury to Stoll -- "We weren't resting him and he didn't come back" -- but did not share his thoughts on the hit.
Still, Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi was seen in the hallways outside the team locker rooms in conversation with an NHL supervising official assigned to the series.