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Oates thinks he could take on Torts.

Host LaVar Arrington then asked Oates if he would "beat (Tortorella) up in a one-on-one situation?"

"Yes. Easily," Oates said without hesitation.

Torres is out for the remainder of the playoff series.

San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended for the rest of the Western Conference semi-final series against Los Angeles on Thursday for a hit to Kings forward Jarret Stoll’s head.

Torres was assessed a minor penalty for charging for the second-period hit Tuesday night in the Kings’ 2-0 victory in Game 1. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Torres is considered a repeat offender.

How would Tippett look behind the Avalanche bench?

There are very few coaches that a team could hire and expect immediate positive results. The late Pat Burns was one of them. Ken Hitchcock is one of them. So is Dave Tippett, which is why his situation is one of the most fascinating of the postseason and/or off-season.

Tippett has made the playoffs in eight of 10 seasons as a head coach in the NHL. His system turned the Phoenix Coyotes into a playoff team in three of four seasons, under inconceivable conditions with the franchise’s ownership mess.

Eric Staal was injured by a knee on knee hit.

Canadian captain Eric Staal had to be helped off the ice after a knee-on-knee collision with Sweden defenceman Alex Edler in the first period of the quarter-final game at the world hockey championship.

Staal clutched his left knee and was in obvious pain after Edler skated into the Sweden zone and clipped Staal’s knee at 15:52 of the first period.