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NHL Suspends Bruins’ Thornton 15 Games for Punch

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (WGGB) — An NHL official says that Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has been suspended 15 games for punching Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik during a game on December 7th at the TD Garden.

The league made the announcement Saturday, after Thornton already missed the Bruins’ last three games. That’s because Thornton was assessed a match penalty for the incident and had to wait for a disciplinary hearing with the league.

The suspension is the first of Thornton’s career and will cost the forward more than $84,000 in salary.

The incident stemmed from Orpik’s hit on Loui Eriksson, where he skated past him and kneed him in the head. Eriksson suffered a concussion and Thornton tried to fight Orpik after the play. After declining, Thornton punched Orpik during a stoppage in play, causing him to fall to the ground. Thornton punched him a second time in the head and Orpik needed to be brought off the ice on a stretcher.

Thornton will be eligible to return on January 11th against the San Jose Sharks.

  • tongue125

    Wow did you actually watch the game? Neal kneed Marchand in the head, Orpik hit Loui Erikson in the open ice of the bruins defensive end. Holy smokes some research would have served you well here.