Raffi Torres suspended 4 games

Updated: April 8, 2011, 1:06 AM ET
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks forward Raffi Torres has been suspended four games for a hit to the head of Edmonton Oilers rookie Jordan Eberle.

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis confirmed the suspension Thursday.

That means Torres will miss the Canucks' final two games of the regular season, plus the first two games of the NHL playoffs.

Gillis says he strongly disagrees with the suspension. The NHL made the decision after a disciplinary hearing Thursday.

The hit on Eberle occurred with seven minutes left in the game in the Canucks' 2-0 loss Tuesday, their second straight to the lowly Oilers.

Torres' elbow hit Eberle's head as the Oilers forward was reaching for the puck. Torres received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct, as well as a five-minute major for fighting.

"It was a fine hit," Torres said after the game Tuesday. "I was finishing my hit and he had his head down. We were both going for the puck. I've got to finish my hits. He was obviously in a vulnerable position but at the end of the day I have to finish my hit or else I am out of a job.

"If they are trying to get rid of clean hits like that, what's this league going to be in a couple of years?"

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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