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Bruins Shawn Thornton receives 40 stitches, gets chirped by Blackhawks bench

Mar 30, 2011, 3:33 AM EDT

Shawn Thornton, Fernando Pisani Getty Images

When a player suffers a nasty injury, generally the reaction from people is hushed silence and some “atta’ boys” from the bench to wish the guy well.

Such is not the case for Boston tough guy Shawn Thornton on Tuesday night against the Blackhawks. Early in the second period, Thornton got caught just above the eye by the skate blade of Chicago forward Fernando Pisani in what turned out to be quite the bloody accident. Thornton got up from the ice bleeding profusely and headed towards the Bruins bench where he’d eventually be given 40 stitches to close the wound. To get to the bench he had to skate past the Chicago bench and that’s when things got a bit dicey.

As Thornton headed off to be treated for the cut, someone (or many) from the Chicago bench started yapping to Thornton as he skated by. (Video) Thornton stopped dead in his tracks to shout back at the hecklers from the Blackhawks bench and, suffice to say, he wasn’t too pleased after the game when discussing it as the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns found out.

“Yeah, something was said,” Thornton said. “Obviously, I can’t swear when I talk to you guys [in the media]. There was some stuff said that I am not happy about. I am going to find out who it was and I will deal with it in my own way.”

Joe Haggerty of CSN New England got a little bit more from Thornton who, even in his state tonight, found a way to keep it amusing as he tries to get to the bottom of the case.

“Those guys on their team chirp a lot. I don’t know if it is right when someone’s face is half across the other side of their face,” said Thornton. “But it is a tough game and people have to live with their actions. If you guys ever find out who it is don’t be afraid to send me a Christmas card.”

A short time after the incident, Zdeno Chara had some terse words on the ice for Patrick Kane. We can only imagine the diminutive Kane being a bit intimidated by the towering Chara having words with him. Whether that means it was Kane who was mouthing off from the bench, we don’t know.

Given the Blackhawks reputation for getting lippy with opponents on the ice, even without the likes of Adam Burish and Ben Eager who are playing elsewhere or Dave Bolland who’s out with a concussion , it’s not entirely shocking that they’d use the moment to say a few colorful things to a guy heading off. That said, it’s pretty easy to be tough from the bench and getting on the wrong side of Thornton isn’t something we’d like to do. Perhaps the Blackhawks are fortunate they only play Boston once or twice a year.

  1. rvm10 - Mar 30, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Maybe the chirping had to do with Thornton sticking out his leg and giving a dangerous cheapshot to Niklas Hjalmarsson in the first period?

    • tlndma - Mar 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM

      You’re right about the leg check. That hasn’t been Thorton’s style since he’s been in Boston.
      Chara had a few words and more for Toews too. Not much he could do about it either.

    • ButkisMyDick - Mar 30, 2011 at 8:12 PM

      Accidentally making knee-to-knee contact =/= chirping at someone when their face is cut done the middle. If you actually watched the video Thornton didn’t stick his leg out, He went for a body to body hit and Niklas tried to avoid it. Shawn’s never been a player to do that.

  2. derpdederpdederp - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    yet another reason for abolishing the instigator rule. there is no reason a little bitch like pat kane, or whoever it was, should be allowed to chirp from the bench and not have to back up his words with his fists. take out the instigator rule and the respect level on the ice would probably go up a few notches

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