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.