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Raffi Torres making positive impact on Sharks a year after being kicked out of playoffs

Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 6:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Raffi Torres making positive impact on Sharks a year after being kicked out of playoffs

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Raffi Torres is making quite a positive impact in his return to the playoffs.

A year after being kicked out of the post-season for his vicious hit against Chicago's Marian Hossa, Torres has played a major role in helping the San Jose Sharks take a 2-0 series lead after winning two straight games in Vancouver.

Torres helped set the tone for the series with his physical play in Game 1 when he delivered six hits against his former team. He then gave the Sharks control in the series with his overtime game-winner in Game 2.

The series shifts to San Jose for Game 3 Sunday where a raucous crowd is expected at HP Pavilion, where the Sharks lost just twice in regulation all season.

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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

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