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Bruins’ Eriksson heads to dressing room after hard Orpik hit (Updated)

Dec 7, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson took a heavy hit from Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and went off to the dressing room.

The hit occurred early in the first period between these two Eastern Conference powerhouses.

The 28-year-old Eriksson has five goals and 14 points in 23 games in his first season with the Bruins.

Updated: Eriksson will not return to the game, as per the Bruins’ official Twitter account.

  1. curioustraveler13 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Shawn Thornton deserves a long suspension. That was as dirty as it comes. Way to 1 up Rinaldo Shawn.

    • pens5829 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      What a POS? Deserves to be gone the rest of the year for that classy move.

      • jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        So does Neal. I’m a B’s fan who wants ‘em both gone for a long time.

      • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        Punching a guy while he is down 3-5 games,punching a guy with a glass jaw while he is down still 3-5 games.Kneeing a prone and defenseless player in the head 10-15, kneeing a prone and defenseless player in the head and it being your 3rd suspension for hit’s to the head REST OF SEASON.

    • nhloon - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Thornton made A BAD move, but come on Orpik, you pick your spots.

      Thorty punched you directly in the grill. MAN UP, PROTECT YOURSELF !!!

  2. sabatimus - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Was that Thornton pummeling Orpik while he was laying on the ice? Whoever it was, he needs to be suspended for 10 games. I’m a B’s fan but that kinda crap is unacceptable.

  3. taz101 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Well Haggerty you got your response via the cheap shot but that punk Thornton.

    • sabatimus - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      Haggerty sucks.

  4. ryanw822 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Thornton deserves a suspension.

    Orpik should’ve just taken his medicine earlier in the game and difused the situation. He was a marked man once he didnt fight.

    And that was a punk move by Neal.

    • jtowme - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Really? Are you trying to say what Thornton did was Orpik’s fault? Granted he could have defused the situation by dropping them but he got the Bs to take two penalties before Thornton went off his nut. But it was definitely not his fault. Thornton is an idiot.

      I think the league ought to put in a rule that when there’s intent to injure as there was from Thornton (and maybe Neal), the player should be out for a minimum suspension and then as long as the injured player is out. If the injured player’s career ends, so does the player causing the injury. It would stop the BS moves like Thornton’s. The guy should be out for far more than 10 games.

      • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        And there it is ,He throws a cheap shot then hides behind the refs to draw a penalty.If he want’s play a big boy’s game then he better back it up.He didn’t and he out knocked out.Thornton didn’t bang his head of the ice,he punched him twice with gloves on.He should have seen Orpik’s a coward and went after Neal for kneeing Marchand in the head on purpose.Punching a player why he is down 3-5 games.Punching a player with a glass jaw why he is down is still 3-5 games…Neal should be the one who et’s 20 games,he’s a known and multiple suspended cheap shot scumbag who intentionally kneed a prone and defenseless player in the head.

      • jtowme - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        Or are the Bruins cowards? Why wouldn’t they have someone more in Orpik’s weight class to fight him? I don’t know how long you’ve been following Hockey, but it used to be that throwing a clean hit as Orpik did and then drawing penalties from the opponent was the way the game was played. Now days, any clean solid hit gets a BS reaction like Thornton’s. Orpik is not a fighter. The B’s should have sent out a guy that would have been more of a challenge. Thornton against Orpik was not a challenge for Thornton and that’s why they sent him out to injure (Cowardice). Thornton should be gone for a long time and you should study the game a little more before you open your pie hole. BTW, you are right about Neal, Thornton should have tried him instead of attacking Orpik from behind, slewfooting him, punching him twice while he was down and then trying to knee him in the head as he was pulled off. Neal was nearly as bad as Thornton and then lied about it just as bad as Thornton. The only difference is that Neal didn’t continue to attack a guy that was knocked out (Glass jaw or not doesn’t enter into it.)

    • seanobi - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      @jtowme by the way weight class Brooks ” Jaw of Glass” Orpik 6’2″ 219 lbs vs Shawn ” Hands of Stone” Thornton 6’2″ 217 lbs. so much for your Thornton going after smaller guy theory.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Neal and Thornton deserve ten games each. This is embarrassing to hockey.

    • nhloon - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Agree, eye for an eye.

  6. hazlydose - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Thornton should be suspended for the rest of the year, including playoffs. It wasn’t even in the run of play and resembled aggravated assault more than anything remotely associated with the game of hockey.

    • hazlydose - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      If I do that to a guy walking down the street I’m at least getting that long in jail time.

      • jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        I can agree with that.

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Neither did the Neal play. I’m a B’s fan but they should each be seeing Shanahan in person come Monday.

      • hazlydose - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        I totally agree that Neal should get a suspension as well, probably about 10 games, but what Thornton did was outright criminal.

      • pens5829 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Marchand’s been the biggest fake in the league for years. Proof in the fact that he’s still on the ice. Thorton’s act is completely uncalled for and deserves a year long suspension.

      • hazlydose - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        Just because Marchand is on the ice doesn’t mean its acceptable for Neal to knee him in the head. I’m a pens fan and he should get a suspension. The fact that Marchand occasional dives does not make it acceptable to knee him in the skull.

      • bruininnh1984 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        yeah because marchand totally faked getting hit by neal’s knee, just an optical illusion on your tv

      • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Please Thornton punched a guy and knocked him out,Neal intentionally kneed a prone player in the head,that’s criminal

  7. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    This just got ugly.. I’m screaming at my tv about the Chris Neal hit to Marchand (I know.. couldn’t of happened to a nicer guy), and then Thornton gets on top of Orpik and knocks him out and he’s stretchered off.. I understand fights happen all the time, and I’m sure Orpik said some things that pushed Thornton to the edge, but come on.. he’s on the ground Shawn. I understand that even that doesn’t usually end with someone being stretchered off (Malkin on top of Bergeron in the finals), but you are a better than that off the ice..

    This has to stop. I hate watching this.

    • zico25 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      First, his name is James Neal.

      Second, did you just try to validate what Thornton did because Orpik maybe said some things? You should re-evaluate what happened on the ice.

      • zico25 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        This is foolish of me to do, but why down votes? No matter what Oprik could have possibly said(if he said anything), why does that make it OK for Thornton to assault him the way he did? Can people not appreciate an observation without any bias?

    • pens5829 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      What drug are you on tonight? Orpik didn’t say anything to Thorton. Thorton took it upon himself to assault Orpik and continue to punch him when he was down and in a dangerous state. Completely uncalled for and needs to be dealt with extremely harsh punishment.

  8. c9castine - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    shawn thornton just committed the second most disgusting act i have ever seen in the game of hockey. 10 games isn’t enough. there is absolutely no place for that in hockey, or in any part of life whatsoever.

    this guy should not suit up again in the 2013-2014 season.

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Why are you not calling Neal out for the same type of play?

      • curioustraveler13 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Neal didn’t slew foot a guy then elbow his head off the ice, then punch his head and bounce his head off the ice again.

      • hazlydose - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        Neal’s was a knee to the head. At that point the game was still going on. Yes he should be suspended, but what Neal did is nowhere near as bad as what Thornton did. Neal’s was a penalty. Thornton’s was a borderline felony.

      • jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        C’mon, Neal measured up Marchand’s hand.

      • jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        Head, sorry but maybe his hand too.

      • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        Your on crack,where is the elbow and head off the ice????? he punched him in the face twice with gloves on.If you want to embellish (I’m sure that’s a first with anything to do with the Penguins) keep the facts straight.He slew footed and grabbed him by the collar then punched him twice.I’m sure he didn’t intend to knock him out because if he did Thornton can cause a lot damage if he wants to.By keeping his gloves on I’m sure that wasn’t his intention.Now Neal kneeing a prone and defenseless Marchand in the head that shows INTENT . Just because Marchand doesn’t get knocked out shouldn’t mean a thing.

  9. jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    At this point, for player safety, they should reschedule this game.

  10. bruininnh1984 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    none of this would have happened if the ref’s had just called orpik’s hit to the head of eriksson

    • hazlydose - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      Orpik never made contact with the head, that was clear on replay. It was a charge and interference, but the head trauma came from his head whipping back and hitting the ice.

      • jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        I agree. It’s a shame but it happens.

  11. sixchr - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Being a Bruins fan I’m disgusted with it. Thornton deserves a lengthy suspension. Just a shame to see a pretty clean fighter let his blood boil and pull some crap like that. That’s the kind of crap that gives fighting a bad name. If you’re gonna pull that crap don’t come onto the ice.

    As for the reaction to it, it’s a little ridiculous. Did the Neal knee to Marchand just not happen? Was that my Bruins colored goggles or what? Last I checked an intentional knee to the head is considered dirty and is worthy of a suspension as well.

  12. jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    And Marchand makes a sketchy play. Darn shame this particular game is. At least my Buffs beat Kansas today, at least I have something to be proud of today.

  13. 180star32 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Using the officials as scapegoats is not enough to justify a stupid reaction. Ever.

    • tougie24 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Denying that the officials mishandling of the game and specific situations didn’t lead up to the incident is even worse.

      • 180star32 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        Looking in after the fact it is easy to say an official could have made a different decision that may or may not have prevented this. Self control is a players responsibility, not the officials.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      If you think how an official handles the game doesn’t have an immediate impact on the game…..I don’t think it’s even worth trying to reason with someone so ignorant.

      • 180star32 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        I do think decisions made by officials have an immediate impact on a game. I don’t think it is an acceptable excuse for sucker punching someone.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        No one said it was.

      • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        How about kneeing someone in the head?

  14. pens5829 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Hmm? Marchand looks to be flying in the third period???? Guess he was really hurt?

  15. pens5829 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Who cut Kunitz with his stick? The Faker?

  16. cheetah440 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    I love Thortons response. Hell of a teammate. If you want to knock out a Bruin with a dirty hit to the head, and then won’t fight eca use you’re a coward, expect it.

    Loved it. Neal should be next for that cheap knee to Marchand. Penguins are the dirtiest team in the game.

  17. cheetah440 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Shame on Bruins fans calling out Thorton. Everyone knows Eriksson suffered a bad concussion a few short weeks ago, including the Penguins. Dirty teams play dirty and deserve what they get in return. Orpik is a coward for not settling his dirty hit when challenged. It’s that simple. And Neal’s knee was the most dangerous play of all of them. Could have broken Marchans neck easily. And he he did it on purpose.

    • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Hell yeah,Pittsburgh are a bunch of punks.They will cheap shot you then hide behind the refs and goad you into a penalty.Orpik hit Eriksson with a late dirty hit,then ran away from Thornton.He should have manned up and took his medicine,instead Neal knee’s Marchand in the head and the Penguins got what they deserve.Except Thornton should have knocked Neal out instead.Orpik is clearly a coward who hit’s smaller guy’s and when is fronted turtles like a typical Penguin.

  18. ironyisadeadscene - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Pens are inferior…..suck it

  19. bruininnh1984 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    pen’s fans need only look at their own team when they start talking about “dirty” players on other teams, considering they employed matt cooke for a few years

  20. steelcity622 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    If only he had broken that loser’s neck. The league would be a better place.

    • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      No Thornton wouldn’t try to break his neck,but I agree Orpiks a coward.He shouldn’t trhow cheap shots then hide from a response.

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