By Ben Meyer-Abbott
Raffi Torres would prefer to leave his hit on Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook during the playoffs last season in the past.
The Coyotes forward, who was a member of the Vancouver Canucks team that eliminated the Hawks from the 2011 playoffs before joining the Phoenix last summer, laid out Seabrook with a shoulder up around his head in Game 3 of that first-round series.
"It's just something that I don't want to talk about," Torres said when asked about it after practice Wednesday.
When asked to characterize the hit Torres said it was "just a hockey play."
Torres received a minor penalty on the play but escaped supplemental discipline from the league, much to the ire of the Hawks.
Seabrook suffered a concussion on the hit and missed the next two games of that series before returning to play in Games 6 and 7.
Up to and after the hit on Seabrook, the Canucks had made a point of exacting a physical toll on the Hawks defense by chipping the puck into the zone and finishing their checks, which Torres said is just how the game is played this time of year.
"It's playoff hockey," Torres said. "You've got to play every shift hard. You got to make sure you get pucks out, get pucks deep and make it hard on [everyone]. You've got to make it hard on everybody to earn their ice out there."
Despite his past experience versus the Hawks, Torres didn't think it would give him an added advantage against them.
"They've got some of the best players in the league over there, if you don't know much about them you're not doing your job," Torres said.