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B’s Beat: Shawn Thornton’s Appeal Falls On Deaf Ears As Bettman Upholds Suspension


Bruins winger Shawn Thornton’s attempt to get his suspension reduced has fallen on deaf ears. TSN reports that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld Brendan Shanahan’s ruling of 15 games for Thornton’s take down of the Penguins Brooks Orpik.

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman upheld Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton‘s 15-game suspension, following an appeal hearing between the two parties on Friday.



Thornton and the NHLPA now have the option of appealing the suspension to a neutral arbitrator because it is for six or more games.

And James Neal only received 5 games in an attmept to take off Brad Marchand’s head with his knee….makes NO sense.

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B’s Beat: Pens’ Brooks Orpik Speaks About Incident, Relationship With Shawn Thornton

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Boston Bruins At TD Garden

Late last week, Bruins winger Shawn Thornton presented his appeal to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in regard to his 15 game suspension for his “attack” on the Pens’ Brooks Orpik. On the same day, Brooks Orpik spoke about the incident and his relationship with Thornton in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Here are some interesting excerpts from that story:


What are your thoughts on the attack?



“I haven’t watched it and I don’t have any memory of it. I don’t really have a thought on it. I’ve kind of avoided it. I don’t really have any desire to watch it to be honest.”



There have been suggestions you should have fought Thornton after your hit on Bruins forward Loui Eriksson. 



“I didn’t watch the hit or the game so asking me questions about the game, I can’t really …”

I find it hard to believe he does not remember the hit on Loui Eriksson…….

In general, should a player have to fight after a legal hit?



My opinion is probably different from the next guy and different from the next guy. People have their own opinion on that. There’s a lot of hits during the season. There would be a lot of fighting if that was the case.”


Brooks, buddy,  sorry there are NOT a lot of open ice hits on players with their heads down….

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 12/21/13

A lot has happened over the last two weeks for the Bruins. As the (mini) Christmas break approaches, the action on the ice has not slowed down and perhaps has only been overshadowed by what has happened off of it. Among some notable events of the past two weeks are the first suspension for one player, the return of another to his longtime home, multiple NHL debuts and an impressive streak when the big man scores a goal. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers. 

Jarome Iginla made an emotional return to Calgary last week complete with a come-from-behind win and postgame victory lap.

Jarome Iginla made an emotional return to Calgary last week complete with a come-from-behind win and postgame victory lap.

0: Daniel Paille has still not committed a penalty this year, though he has been out since Dec. 8 with concussion-like symptoms.

1: Shawn Thornton’s suspension was the first of his 11-year NHL career.

1: Kevan Miller scored the first goal of his NHL career in the three-goal second period against the Maple Leafs on Dec. 8 on the team’s way to a 5-2 victory.

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B’s Beat: An Analysis Of Shawn Thornton’s 15 Game Suspension


Well, we finally know how long the Bruins are going to be without Shawn Thornton. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has given him a significant 15 game suspension. For those of you who live in a giant hole and have no idea what is going on; this ban stems from an ugly incident that happened in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 7th.

In the game Penguins’ defenseman Brooks Orpik laid a borderline hit on Bruins’ forward Loui Eriksson. Eriksson left the game, and was later diagnosed with a concussion. He has since been put on injured reserve.

Obviously Shawn Thornton, the team’s enforcer, had a problem with the lack of action taken by the officials in the game, and decided to challenge Orpik to a fight. The Pens’ defenseman declined to fight Thornton, and skated away with play resuming. Later in the period during a scrum, Thronton grabbed Orpik, “slew-footed” him to the ground, and punched him in the head three times while he was lying down on the ice. The three hits Thornton threw caused Orpik’s head to bounce of the ice and knock him unconscious.

Orpik required a stretcher to me removed from the ice, and assistance from both the Bruins and Penguins’ medical personnel. Thornton received a 5 minute major roughing penalty, and a game misconduct.

Following the game, a clearly remorseful Thornton had this to say “It’s always my job, I guess, to defend my teammates, but I’ve prided myself for a long time to stay within the lines. It’s hard for me to talk about it right now. I can’t say I’m sorry enough. I’m sure I’ll be criticized for saying it. It’s true. I hope he’s doing all right.”

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 12/7/13

The Bruins capped off their most recent two-week stretch with their first game against their rival Canadiens Thursday night, but came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 loss in the first of four meetings. They did, however, go 4-2 during the stretch, which featured their big left wing doing something he never did last year, a Gordie Howe hat trick a bad injury for one of the Black and Gold’s top defenders, who has not been very good against Pittsburgh this season and Loui Eriksson doing something he had not done in 77 games. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Milan Lucic leads the team in goals and has already done something twice this year he never did last season.

0: Carolina did not score an even-strength goal against the B’s on Nov. 22. Their first came on the power play and second came short-handed in their 3-2 overtime loss.

0.3: Sidney Crosby scored with 0.3 seconds left on the clock on Nov. 25 to send the Bruins and Penguins to overtime.

1: Daniel Paille was the only Bruin without a shot on goal against the Hurricanes. David Krejci led all players with five.

1: Dougie Hamilton was the only one not to register a hit in the game. Kevan Miller led the way with five.

1: Gregory Campbell scored Boston’s only goal against Montreal on Thursday, but was minus-1 for the game after being on the ice for both goals against.

1: Paille remains the only Bruins’ regular not to have committed a penalty this season.

1.90: Tuukka Rask’s 1.90 goals against average is fourth-best in the league.

1.97: Chad Johnson is 4-1 this year with a 1.97 goals against average, just behind Rask.

2.0: The Bruins’ 2.0 goals against per game is best in the league

2: Zdeno Chara scored goals in back-to-back games twice last year. His goals on Nov. 23 and 25 were the first time he has scored in two straight last year. They came against Carolina and Pittsburgh and last year, included Carolina and Pittsburgh.

2: Coming off his two-goal performance against the Canadiens, Penguins’ forward, James Neal, scored each of Pittsburgh’s first two goals against Boston in his next game. It was the first time in his six-year NHL career that he scored multiple goals in consecutive regular-season games.

2: Milan Lucic now has two two-goal games this season after his performance against Columbus. He had no multi-goal games last year.

2: The Blue Jackets managed just two shots on goal against the B’s in the first period on Nov. 30.

2.7: Boston’s 2.7 goals per game are good for 14th in the league.

3: The three straight overtime games against the Blues, Hurricanes and Penguins were the first group of three consecutive overtime games played by the Bruins since Nov. 25-28, 2009.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 11/23/13

The last two weeks have been pretty successful for the Bruins aside from a blown third-period collapse against the Senators and a slip-up against the Blues. They picked 11 out of a possible 14 points, getting contributions from all lines, particularly the fourth. Also featured is their first overtime win of the year, the first OT goal for one Bruin, an amazing statistic involving two-goal leads and the end to an impressive win streak when one forward had scored a goal. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

The Bruins gather around Milan Lucic after the winger won it in overtime against the Blue Jackets.

0.33: Tuukka Rask now has a 0.33 goals against average in three games played against the Lightning this season.

1: Milan Lucic’s game-winner in overtime against Columbus was Boston’s only shot on goal in the extra session.

1: It was also the first overtime goal of No. 17’s career.

1: Matt Bartkowski earned the first multi-point game of his career against the Senators with assists on both Bruins’ goals.

1: Chad Johnson made his first home start of the year on Nov. 14 against the Blue Jackets and came away with his second win in three appearances.

1: Johnny Boychuk gave the B’s a 3-1 lead against Carolina with his first goal of the year.

1: Defenseman, Kevan Miller, played in his first NHL game Thursday in the loss against the Blues.

1: Gregory Campbell scored his first goal of the year in the same game – his 22nd of the year. Last year, he scored his first goal in his fourth game.

1: Dougie Hamilton has just one game with a negative rating so far this year after having seven in 42 games played in his rookie season.

1.62: Rask’s 1.62 goals against average is currently third in the league.

1.77: Boston’s 1.77 goals against per game as a team is far-and-away the best clip in the league.

2: David Krejci was held without a shot on goal for only the second time this season in the Columbus game. The other time was in the first meeting between the two teams.

2: The Bruins scored two power-play goals against Toronto for the second time this year and first time since the second game of the season against the Red Wings.

2: Brad Marchand had two more turnovers (two) than shots on goal (none) against Carolina.

2: The Merlot Line scored both goals in the win over the Rangers on Tuesday as both Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille found the back of the net.

2: The Bruins’ loss to the Blues saw them slip to a 2-1-2 record against the dominant Western Conference this season.

2: Both of Rask’s shutouts this season have now come against the Lightning.

2: Only two players have an even or negative rating for the B’s this season: Jordan Caron (minus-2) and Zdeno Chara (minus-1).

2:37: At one point in the game against Toronto, Chara was stuck on the ice for 2:37 of game time with the puck pinned in the Boston zone. Hamilton was out for 2:31 on the same shift.

3: Tampa Bay’s Teddy Purcell was minus-3 against the B’s on Nov. 11.

3: Despite leading the NHL in third-period goal differential coming in (plus-14), they were outscored, 3-0, in the frame in their loss to the Senators.

3: The win in Carolina snapped the team’s three-game road losing streak.

3: Following the Rangers game, the Bruins are now 3-0-0 this season when Campbell has a fight.

3: With the win, the B’s improved to 3-1 this season in the second of back-to-back games.

3: All three of the Bruins’ shootouts this year have come against Western Conference teams: the Ducks, Stars and Blues.

3: All three of Chara’s goals this season have come on the power play. His latest came against the Maple Leafs on Nov. 9.

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