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Seabrook: Torres hit me in the head

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CHICAGO (AP)

Brent Seabrook says he's OK after a hard hit from Vancouver's Raffi Torres.

But after watching replays, the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman said it was obvious Torres drove him to the ice with a hit to the head during Game 3 of the first-round series.

"I think he hit the head first," Seabrook told reporters Monday morning. "I think as far as I'm concerned, that's the first thing I felt, that's the only think I felt. ...

"Whether he was targetting or not, he made contact with the head first."

Torres was called for interference and did not draw a major penalty for the hit. The NHL later announced that he wouldn't be further fined or suspended for the incident. Torres was playing in his first game after a four-game suspension for a hit to the head against the Edmonton Oilers' Jordan Eberle during the regular season.

Seabrook said he believes Torres' hit in Sunday's game should have also been a suspendable offense.

"I think with his history, I think that hit deserves a suspension," Seabrook said. "I'm not going to sit up here and complain about that. It's a fast game, things happen quick, you got 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 someone for that, I just don't really understand that.

"I think the league suspending based on the injury of the hit and whether or not the guy is missing games or whether or not the guy's lying there, getting taken out on a stretcher, I think that's wrong."

The Canucks are in control with a 3-0 lead, threatening to sweep the defending Stanley Cup champions out of the playoffs. They play again Tuesday night in Game 4 at the United Center.

Vancouver's depth and physical play have been major factors in the series. So has Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, who helped turn away five of Chicago's seven power plays in a 3-2 win Sunday night.

Tagged: Blackhawks, Canucks, Raffi Torres, Brent Seabrook

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