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Raffi Torres certainly was not at his best in the playoffs.

He struggled as he never fully recovered from a torn ACL that required surgery and sidelined him for all but five games during the regular season. "At one point there I was just skating around and was just kind of like, 'What am I doing on the ice right now?' But hey, that's just part of it. You just had to be out there," Torres said. "I'll get healthy this summer and come back, come back stronger." Torres plans on resting his knee for a month or two.

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Raffi Torres registered an assist in a 4-1 loss to Los Angeles on Monday.

Torres has two goals and an assist in six playoff games. He's also tied for second on the team with a plus-three rating and is tied for fourth with 24 hits.

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Raffi Torres has contributed goals in back-to-back games for the Sharks to open the playoffs.

He has also amassed 11 hits. Torres had the crowd chanting his name during Game 2 and he didn't know how to react when asked about it afterward. "It's nice. I don't know what to say," he said. "It's kind of weird." He missed most of the regular season because of a knee injury, but he's making an impact an early impact in the playoffs.

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Raffi Torres accounted for the game-winner in San Jose's 6-3 victory over Los Angeles in Game 1 of the first round.

Torres has 10 goals in 62 career playoff games and remarkably four of them have been game-winners. He also had a team-high seven hits in the Sharks' playoff opener.

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Raffi Torres (knee) will play Thursday when the Sharks host Los Angeles in their playoff opener.

He sat out the last 17 games of the regular season to rest after returning for five games from knee surgery. Torres skated with Andrew Desjardins and Martin Havlat on the fourth line during the morning session.

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Raffi Torres (knee) is probable for Game 1 on Thursday.

Torres was on the ice with the Sharks on Wednesday. "Today, he looked even better. You can probably interpret that as him being ready to go," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Torres. "Now, with that being said, I haven't sat with him, I haven't met with him after the skate today yet." If Torres dresses, it will probably be as a bottom-six forward.

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Raffi Torres (knee) could return to the San Jose lineup as early as Wednesday.

Torres has missed most of the season as he missed the first part of the season (59 games) after undergoing off-season knee surgery and then tweaked the knee again four weeks ago. He played only five games this season thus far but he has scored three times. He is a very nice late playoff pickup if you think the Sharks are going deep into the playoffs.

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The San Jose Sharks have still to decide whether or not Raffi Torres (knee) will accompany the team on a two game road trip road trip to Alberta.

Torres skated on Sunday so that's the good news as he has missed the last seven games with the injury. Stay tuned.

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Raffi Torres did not play Saturday night against the Capitals.

It was the seventh consecutive game he missed due to a right knee injury but he is getting closer to a return to action. Torres missed the game more due to generally soreness in the knee area so it seems it is more of a conditioning issue than anything else. Torres indicated that he could play if it were absolutely necessary but there was no need to rush things. Torres could be a player some time next week. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Raffi Torres (knee) declined to provide a timetable for his return.

Torres is expected to be sidelined for a sixth consecutive game on Thursday. He returned from ACL surgery on Feb. 27 and made it through five games before ending up back on the sidelines. "I could probably go out and play right now, but I wouldn't be able to go out and play my style of game right now," Torres said. "I'll just take some rest. The guys have been playing great. They've been doing a hell of a job all year. It gives me something to look forward to, to coming back and helping these guys."