Torres suspended for conference semifinals

May 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM

NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) -- The National Hockey League Thursday announced San Jose forward Raffi Torres will be banned for the rest of the West semifinals for a hit he made Tuesday.

Torres struck Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll in the head during the second period of what turned out to be a 2-0 Los Angeles win in the opening game of the playoff series.

Torres was given a minor penalty for charging on the play.

It is the second straight year that Torres has been suspended during the playoffs. He put a violent hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa during the Western Conference quarterfinals in 2012 and was originally banned for 25 games. That punishment was later reduced to 21 games.

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