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NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 3: Thornton, Ladd get physical

May 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

During the annual summer Joe Thornton bashing bloc party, one of the common critiques unleashed on the giant playmaker is that he plays soft for his size. Particularly, they say, during the playoffs.

Here are a couple videos showing that he – along with his enemy in these cases, Andrew Ladd – is far from shy about getting a little bit nasty. First, Ladd levels Thornton in the second period.

Thornton didn’t forget about Ladd’s hit, it seems. Early in the overtime period, Jumbo Joe got his revenge.

  1. JDC80 - May 22, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Leave it to Andrew Ladd, the dirtiest player in the NHL (by far), to run an obvious interference penalty. Surprise Surprise, no penalty for the Golden Blackhawks of the NHL.
    Thorton doesn’t have the puck, he is chasing after it (never touched it once), and gets leveled before even getting his stick close to it. Must be the “let em play” mentality. Unfortunately for the NHL their credibility is getting tarnished because of the playoffs.
    I agree with letting players play, but do so during the regular season and post season. There is a complete lack of consistency with the NHL officiating between certain players and *ahem* teams as well as between the regular season and postseason.
    Am I the only one who has a problem with this?
    Thank god for NFL.

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