Kings coach Darryl Sutter called the hit Sharks forward Raffi Torres put on Jarret Stoll Monday night "careless," and that his players won't lower themselves with retribution in Game 2.
Torres drew two minutes for charging at 19:02 of the second period on a hit that may or may not have struck Stoll's head. Stoll did not return to the game. Sutter described his center's status as "missing in action" and implied Stoll could miss the remainder of the Western Conference series.
Multiple media outlets are reporting the NHL has called for Torres to attend an in-person hearing that could lead to a suspension. Neither the league nor the Sharks have confirmed the reports.
Torres attracted the NHL's wrath with another much-criticized hit a year ago as a member of the Coyotes. He was initially suspended for 25 games -- reduced to 21 games on appeal -- after throwing his shoulder into Marian Hossa's face during the playoffs. Torres has openly discussed a new awareness and regard for player safety and his desire to avoid another the suspension.
Sharks coach Todd McClellan called the hit "clean" and didn't even think Torres deserved a charging penalty.