B’s Beat: Shawn Thornton “Mans Up” For Inexcusable Act, Pens’ Neal Can’t Say The Same (VIDEO)
What Bruins winger Shawn Thornton did to Pens defenseman Brooks Orpik is inexcusable and DEAD WRONG in every way.
He deserves a 7-10 game suspension.
And I am a Bruins fan….
Shawn Thornton has been a “clean” enforcer if there is such a thing. He always played by the line of the law. He has NEVER been suspended in his entire 11 year career.
During the incident, he was swallowed up by the heat of the moment and let his anger get the best of him which he just can’t let happen.
And he KNOWS it……
He didn’t hide and faced the music (press) after the game.
Even Canucks homer Harrison Mooney of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy commended Thornton for manning up as well:
You can at least give the Bruins’ enforcer credit for facing the music, however.
A lot of players might have avoided speaking after an incident like this one, at least until the morning. But Thornton didn’t, addressing the media, apologizing, and answering questions after the game.
It’s not always how you start, it’s how you finish.
Thornton committed an act that has zero place in hockey, but he admitted so. He was sick that he did such a thing to a fellow player.
Perhaps Pens winger, James Neal will learn a thing or two from Shawn Thornton in being a man. It was his knee to Brad Marchand’s head that incited Thornton into full blown “Incredible Hulk SMASH” mode.
James Neal looked at Marchand, changed his path, stuck out his knee just enough, never looked back. Gutless. https://t.co/Zj1e4mT1J5
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) December 8, 2013
Neal said his cheap shot was unintentional:
“I was skating by him, I haven’t like seen the replay or anything so I mean I hit him in the head with my leg or my foot or my knee or shin area I don’t know,” said Neal. “But I mean he’s already going down and I guess I need to try to avoid him, but I have to look at it again. I haven’t gotten a chance to look at it.” “I’m going by him, I don’t get out of the way like I said,” he added. “I need to be more careful and I guess get my knee out of the way, but I’m not trying to hit him in the head or injure him or anything like that.”
As you can see from the video above, Neal changed his path to deliver the cheap shot. So unlike Thornton, Neal is lying through his teeth and playing the I didn’t see the replay card.
So Pens fans before you start throwing stones at Thornton, move out of your glass houses because Orpik’s hit on Eriksson was borderline dirty and Neal’s was ABSOLUTELY DIRTY.