Torres's "hit" on michalek
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05-09-2006, 06:25 PM
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a) Michalek was moving very slow and was practically a sitting duck, Torres had all the control in this collision. Any notion of "everything happens so fast in the NHL" is off base here. This is also a stark difference from, say, Stevens' hits, who would line up against a fast skating opponent. Michalek didn't see it, so he couldn't react - again all the control of the impact was in Torres hands.
b) Usually the shoulder is dropped a bit or stays the same for the best impact. Lifting it in a shoulder on shoulder collision would make impact less effective. Torres raised his shoulder by a quite a bit and leaned backwards. This lined up his shoulder perfectly against Michalek's head.
a + b = intent to injure
playoff hockey, give it a rest.
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