Stanley Cup Stories: Blackhawks roll over Red Wings
Raffi Torres could face discipline again
A certain Chicago Blackhawks player tried to impress his mother in his team's 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, and San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres could face discipline yet again in Wednesday's top Stanley Cup stories:
1. Patrick Sharp referred to the Blackhawks' 4-1 victory over the Red Wings as his team's "best game of the playoffs." Sharp had the empty-netter and two assists in the series opener, though you'd think that would be good enough for the winger's mom. Chicago dominated the final two periods, outshooting Detroit 36-14. And since Hawks netminder Corey Crawford wasn't too busy, defenceman Brent Seabrook tried his hand at some goaltending. Game 1 was the 800th meeting between the Original Six rivals — their 75th playoff matchup to be exact — on the 87th anniversary of both franchises entering the NHL. Game 2 goes Saturday afternoon (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 1 p.m. ET).
2. Raffi Torres has been here before. The San Jose Sharks forward is expected to have an in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Thursday for this hit on Los Angeles centre Jarret Stoll in Game 1. Torres has a history of dangerous play, but has not slipped since serving a 21-game suspension for a head shot on Marian Hossa last post-season. Stoll is expected to miss Game 2 on Thursday (10 p.m. ET).
3. Before you accuse the Pittsburgh Penguins of sorcery for their superior power play, have a look at the all-time records they're chasing. Pascal Dupuis, Sidney Crosby and the gang aim to increase their special-teams production when they host the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 on Friday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).