The Blackhawks are still irate. Their views of Raffi Torres' hit to the head of Brent Seabrook didn't change overnight.
"If you look at the tape, [Seabrook] is going for the puck, but he doesn't have possession of the puck yet and he just gets a blatant hit right to the head," defenseman Duncan Keith said Monday at the United Center. "Yeah, do guys need to have their heads up? Absolutely, but at the same time you could say that about any hit."
Torres will not receive supplementary discipline for his hit on Seabrook, which occurred at 12:14 in the second period behind the Hawks goal. (Click here for the video.)
Here is the NHL's official ruling in a statement from league disciplinarian Colin Campbell: "When Rule 48 (Illegal Check to the Head) was unanimously adopted by the general managers in March 2010, there was no intention to make this type of shoulder hit to the head illegal. In fact, at that time, we distributed a video to all players and teams that showed a similar hit on a defenseman by an attacking forward coming from the opposite direction behind the net and stated that this is a 'legal play'.
"This hit meets none of the criteria that would subject Torres to supplemental discipline, including an application of Rule 48: he did not charge his opponent or leave his feet to deliver this check. He did not deliver an elbow or extended forearm and this hit was not 'late'."
Seabrook said he definitely felt a hit to the head.
"I think he kept his elbow in, but he hit the head first," said Seabrook, who will play in Game 4. "As far as I'm concerned, that's the first thing I felt. It was the only thing I felt. The rest of my body is feeling the rest of it today. Last night, all I could really feel [was it] in my ear. The way it looked to me, the head was hit first. Whether he was targeting it or not, he made contact with the head first."
Torres doesn't have the best reputation in the league, and it was thought that his history would warrant a suspension.
Torres was playing in his first game Sunday since getting suspended four games for elbowing the Edmonton Oilers' Jordan Eberle late in the regular season. Earlier in Game 3, Torres was assessed a roughing penalty for a high hit on Brian Campbell in the corner.
Was Seabrook surprised that Torres didn't receive a suspension?
"Yep," he said. "I think with his history that hit deserves a suspension. I'm not going to sit up here and complain about that. It's a fast game. Things happen quick. You have a split second to make a decision. I don't think he was trying to hit me in the head, but at the same time, if the league is not going to suspend somebody for that, I just don't really understand that.
"I think the league is suspending based on the injury of the hit and whether or not the guy missed some games or whether he's lying there, getting carried off on a stretcher. I think that's wrong. They're trying to change the game and they're trying to take head hits out of the game. You've got to make the same suspension [and] the same judgment, whether or not he was lying there and taken off on a stretcher or he played the next shift."
Coach Joel Quenneville had a different view. He's mainly upset Torres only received a two-minute interference penalty for the hit.
"I have no problem with that as far as how the league views it," Quenneville said. "They know the standards. They know the criteria. I think the call on the ice is probably where we got hurt the most. It was a major penalty because he didn't touch the puck. An impact hit like that you can be exposed to severe injuries."