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Bruins put Eriksson (concussion) on IR

Dec 10, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

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Loui Eriksson‘s concussion-marred campaign continued on Tuesday, as the Bruins announced they put the Swedish winger on injured reserve.

Forward Nick Johnson has been recalled from AHL Providence on an emergency basis to replace Eriksson in the lineup.

Eriksson, 28, was hurt on Saturday after a big open-ice hit from Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik. The hit occurred early in the first period and Eriksson, who’d played just 21 seconds prior to the collision, left the game and didn’t return.

This is second concussion Eriksson has suffered in the last two months. The first occurred in late October when Buffalo forward John Scott nailed him with a headshot, one that shelved Eriksson for five games.

Despite all the injuries, the former Dallas alternate captain has produced fairly well for Boston this year, scoring 14 points in 24 games while averaging 16:32 TOI per night.

  1. joey4id - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Too bad! Hope the kid can recover fully from these concussions. Johnson doesn’t appear to be too high on the depth chart. 32 years old and 100 or so games in the NHL. Hope he can play solid for the Bs.

  2. montrealbbr - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    No sympathy here. Learn how to take a hit and keep your head up next time.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      I think you don’t know what sympathy is…

    • pats2001 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      hahaha….shouldnt you be busy pressing charges against chara?

    • dropthepuckeh - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Your name says it all. Zero creditability, especially on anything with the Bruins.

  3. pats2001 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    looking forward to the league handing out the suspension to thornton so we can all move on with our hockey lives. as a biased B’s fan who thinks i’m actually reasonable with my outlook on incidents like the thornton/orpik one, here’s my final take…which happens to be correct:

    the bottom line is that ever since game 1 of th conf finals last year, the penguins have had some chip on their shoulder that they need to prove to the Bruins how tough they are. that approach cost them the series by not focusing on the skill game. i’ve been a biased and gung ho B’s fan my whole life, and even i can admit that, on paper, the penguins should beat the B’s more times than not (at least in the regular season). even though they got swept last year, the pens still feel like they have to play the tough guy game when they play the B’s. bottom line is that the penguins have been fake tough guys dating back to last years conf finals. they tried to play the big boy game with the B’s when it comes to being physical and lost badly. no question that thornton crossed the line and that orpik didnt deserve to be suckered in the head while down on the ice. but the fact that the pens have been carrying this tough guy chip on their shoulder finally came to fruition on saturday night and unfortunately, orpik was the one that had to pay the price. if you want to act like fake tough guys, you better mount the F up when you’re playing with the big boys.

    now let’s hear it pens fans…i can’t wait…

    • steelpenbucs87 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Well while I think your comments are colored by your Bruins fandom a bit, I don’t think your premise is off base:

      I do believe the Pens lost the series in part due to trying to play a physical game against the Bruins. I think the smashing forecheck took more out of the Pens forwards than it did the Bruins D. With that said there was also some Finn with a funny name who was standing on his head IIRC.

      With that said, I don’t characterize that as them trying to be “fake tough guys” – I think it was just them deploying a strategy to try to give them a piece of their own medicine. A stupid strategy to be certain, but I think this is semantics at this point.

      Where I disagree is that Orpik is a “fake” tough guy. Orpik lays hits, and lots of them. They’re usually quite hard, and for the most part pretty clean (I believe the Eriksson hit included). He’s been a physical defender his entire career and continues to be, yet he skates the line well as he’s only received one suspension despite that playing style.

      So is this the Pens getting their comeuppance for the ECF last year? I would argue no. I would argue they got their comeuppance by being unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs. The fact of the matter is that this has become a rivalry, and will continue to be a rivalry for years to come. It’s going to be physical, and you’re going to see more hits like what Orpik did to Loui, as well as some from the likes of Boychuk, Chara and others. What it doesn’t need is the likes of what Thornotn did and what Neal did.

      • pats2001 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        fair enough, i think you make very good points. good to hear there’s at least one pens fan out there that can at least have a discussion about this stuff

      • dropthepuckeh - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Well said. No place for the Thornton crap or the Neal incident.

      • pepper2011 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        I mostly agree with you, but Orpik has played this game long enough to know if you hit people the way he hits people; you have to be accountable. Especially when you hit star players.

        was it done right, No. I posted a video of Sid Jumping Ballard for crushing Malkin. It’s the game. I don’t want to repeat myself too much, but it’s why Gretzky was never hit and Mario was surrounded by five guys who could kill you at all times.

        It’s the game, it always has been. This was wrong on every level – please don’t get me wrong, but if Orpik had dropped the gloves and held on when he first challenged him, I think everything changes.

        I do not agree with what Thornton did, but from B’s point of view two cheap hits (Neal and Orpik) and nobody willing to accept responsibility. Neal Skated right off and Thornton went after the guy with the “A” on his jersey- “get your team in-line, stop with the crap”

        I am not justifying Thornton, but pretend the teams were reversed and it was Sid that got hit and Engellend who kept trying to get Boychuk to go, but he wouldn’t, then Marchand knees Kunitz in the head.

        look up what Kesler said about Kronwall after getting blasted. Same type of hit. Hard and right on the edge – I can see both arguments. That being said; they didn’t jump Kronwall – my point is; it’s not a new concept.

        That is where Boston fans think the Pens are fake tough. Boychuk lays and handful of hits like that every year and he knows someone is coming for him. He’s not really a fighter. He throws the gloves and wrestles the guy down.

        This is what I am talking about:

      • jpelle82 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        not to split hairs but ericksson is hardly a star player, i think it had more to do with the fact he just got back from injury and someone had just taken obscene liberties with his head already a few weeks ago. you cant compare someone hitting lemieux or gretzky or crosby in the same breath as ericksson. i watch the pens every game, orpik makes one or two of these hits per game, no one ever comes after him. orpik probably went after the wrong guy i guess just because the b’s were already sensitive about it, pretty hard for orpik to pass it up when you send a suicide pass to a guy with his head down on his part of the ice though.

      • pepper2011 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Jpelle –
        couple things: it wasn’t suicide pass. it took a weird bounce off the boards. If it stays along the boards it’s a shoulder to shoulder hit and Eriksson is expecting the hit cause he touched the puck.

        Also- he does not make one or two of these hits a game. He doesn’t. He is a great hitter, but that is a ridiculous statement. He is not concussing 2-4 guys a week.

        Eriksson is a star player: Before the lockout he had 3 straight 70pt seasons. He is not elite like Sid or Toews, but he has been top 23 in scoring since 09,10, 11. (excluding lockout- 29pts in 48g). He is also well above average defensively. A guy who puts up 70pts and is very strong defensively is a star player. I would call Zetterberg and Ryan stars and he outscored them over that 3 year period. He was in Dallas so nobody noticed.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        star my ass guy. maybe 70 pts is good for a star in boston but he scored 30 goals once, 6 years ago. ask anyone who’s not a bruins fan and say, “hey give me your top 25 star hockey players in the nhl” and i bet not a single person goes with ericksson on that list. besides, look what seguin is doing with his old linemate benn now in dallas. and yes you’re right orpik doesnt hit guys that just came back from a concussion 1-2 times a night and re concuss them but if you watch the games (which i wouldnt expect you to honestly) he does crush dudes night in and night out. as far as the pass, ericksson does touch the puck but i guess nobody really set him up for it i will concede that to you.

      • pepper2011 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Jpelle – you are looking at goals only as what makes a star?

        I am telling you a guy who was top 25 in the league for the last 3 years (minus lockout) might be a star. I am betting that everyone else who falls in that category is star.

        I would put Hockey DB’s opinion ahead of yours and they have him with a similarity score with the likes of Richards, Kessel, Nieuwendyk, Ryan and others.

        I know what Seguin is doing. He is a better offensive player, but he doesn’t play D and you forgot to mention Benn has a hair across his rear for the team canada snub.

        Is Bergeron a star? he’s only scored over 30 once. Also, Eriksson had 36, 29, 27 and 26. It’s not like he was netting 6 goals a year.

        you do realize there are guys that aren’t Pens that can be Star players?

      • spitfisher - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        I don’t believe checking someone in the head ( chin) is a clean hit, regardless if he had his head down or not. This hit or any hit to the head will be illegal soon enough. You can look at the replay, but since when does someone get concussed with a shoulder to shoulder hit. Since when does a team play like that has a reputation & history of cheap blind side hits that have ended a few careers.

        This game of hockey is becoming more of a game of replacement players

    • tlndma - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Notice how Orpik was willing to engage Campbell just before Thornton lost it. I think that’s what sent him over the edge. If you’re going to deliver “kill shot” hits, you should at least stand up for yourself.
      That said, I wish Orpik hadn’t gotten hurt.

    • hockey412 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Sooooo….who was the “fake tough guy” here? Was it Orpik? I’d think not, he didn’t get involved in any of Thornton’s goonery, he just kept playing hockey while Thornton (never even knowing where the puck was) followed him around the ice.

      Was it Neal? I don’t think he acted “tough” at all, it was actually just dirty. He got a 2 minute minor and then he scored. I’ve seen guys lay into Lucic, but that’s not ‘fake’, you have to put a body on him. I think what you want is for everyone to wear there Bruins underoos and drink your kool-aide…and while I almost get what you are saying, I just disagree.

      Who was the fake tough guy in this situation…in the end it really seems like it was Thornton.

      Here’s the answer. There are some “tough guys” in the Pens organization. Bylsma wants hockey players, and doesn’t put them in. Fighting and trying to be a ‘bully’ will not get you a job. It’s not a situation where there’s a goon on the ice to handle things – to follow quality players around trying to get them to fight. When something comes up, like this, like the Flyers, like the Islanders (who are actually very similar), it becomes a TEAM for TEAM ordeal. It’s not fake, blowgoat.

      • hockey412 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        There is NO goon on the ice to handle things, is what I meant to say. The team acts together.

    • hockey412 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Or was it Eriksson? Or Marchand?

      Or Lucic, or Chara? Wait, they didn’t lift a finger….

      No, I’m really confused on who the REAL ‘tough guy’ was in your eyes here.

      Orpik was the only one that made a real, hard, tough hockey play. And he’s a Penguin. Actually someone should try and locate Eriksson’s nipples on his back and have them sewn back on his chest.

      • atteckus - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Pretty big talk from a fanboy of the supposed “big hitter” whose now resting at home, sucking Gerber’s through a straw. I thoroughly agree with what Thornton did, and trust me, his tears are all crocodile. If Orpik makes any of those high, opportunistic hits on B’s forwards, he’s going to be coming after them again. And then he can leave the Garden on a stretcher again.

  4. steelers88 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    I totally agree with you. I think the Penguins try to play to physical against the Bruins. That plays to the Bruins strength..

  5. stcrowe - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Thanks to Thornton, this has become a footnote. Way to squander the moral high ground.

  6. jpelle82 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    good thing reilly smith got thrown into that trade….

  7. goalieguy37 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    a lot of analysts and fans seem to be ignoring the differences between punches taken in an altercation that you know your getting in, and punches taken by surprise. being able to brace yourself for a punch can make a big difference…

    • jpelle82 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      just ask steve moore about that

  8. laxman1944 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    The venom seems to be calming down a bit…….good

    Both sides making some pretty good points.

    Hopefully the injured recover quickly.

    Thorton’s emotions got the better of him and he realizes that he just has to pay the piper and move on.

    If Boston and Pitt meet down the road in the tournament……..boy that is going to be fun to watch.

  9. myroncopesflask - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Why in the hell would a player that plays 20-25 minutes a game and against the other teams best players fight a 4th liner that might play 8 minutes a game? Why would he fight that 4th line player because he delivered a clean check? Why would Orpik risk giving up the momentum possibly gained by the clean hit by fighting a 4th line bum? I get why Thornton wanted to fight Orpik. Thornton knows Orpik and skates with him in the off season so he knows Orpik has never dropped the gloves.

    • thesportsjudge - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Most reasonable hockey fans understand this, yet they still call for Chara to fight Scott. Why is it NOW people are using this defense?

      • hockey412 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        I think they had called for Lucic to fight Scott, not Chara. And that was the answer the imaginary bell for the Miller running.

        I don’t think anyone would have said it to begin with if it was always the Boston guys (AHEM Jack Edwards) that call for players to answer this bell. Not let the team goon, who is smaller than Lucic, get concussed in his stead. Instead Lucic just skaaaaaaated away.

      • shaundre93 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Idk what you’re talking about.

        A) Lucic was clearly ready to fight after he hit miller. Apparently 6’8″ Tyler Myers wasn’t big enough to take him on.

        B) Next time they played lucic fought gaustad. Not lucics choice, that’s the player buffalo decided to have go after him

        C) Thornton fought Scott because they have a history, and Thornton would NEVER back down from a challenge, even if he’s giving up 6″ and 50lbs cause he’s a REAL tough guy

    • shaundre93 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Because orpik threw at best a borderline hit. I can guarantee you Thornton going after orpik was thorntons decision, not the team or anything. I’m sure if the opportunity arose lucic woulda gone with him. Definitely a better trade off but we still know orpik wouldn’t have gone. Its just really lame for a player to deliver a possible career altering hit, and get away with it unscathed. If you don’t wanna face the music, don’t throw hits like that. Its not as if Boston is the only team that would react that way

    • atteckus - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Because that is the price you MUST PAY in order to lay big hits. If Orpik wants to make the hits, he must defend his actions on the ice, mano y mano. The hittee gets to determine whether the hit is clean or dirty for purposes of on-ice justice.

  10. pats2001 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    interesting read here:

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      This is the first reasonable thing I’ve read on the matter.

    • pens5829 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Comments come from two rock-head goons (both 28 years old) that have played a combined 152 games in combined 9 seasons and have totaled of 10 points and 420 PIM together. How could these roid-heads possibly know what a good, clean hit is?

      • pats2001 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        right, no possible way they could know. maybe they should have asked matt cooke or ulf samuelson what a good, clean hit is

    • 8man - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Good stuff. Thanks.

      Go Bs!

  11. njadvocate111 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Because if you play on the edge, between dirty and clean (which i think we can all agree that Orpik does) you have to be held accountable for your actions. Speaking of Erik Cole, ask him what he thinks about Orpik being a clean player or maybe people forgot that he broke his neck? Or maybe the knee on knee checks to Franzen or Stepan that injured them both? Or the one he was suspended for on Gleason. Obviously everyone knows Thornton went over the line and went too far. He lost his cool plain and simple. Right, wrong, or indifferent anyone who watched the nhl, not just your homer squad knows that guys like Orpik, who refuse to be held accountable for their actions, are the ones who end up getting hurt. Again, ugly scene but you have seen former players coming out of the woodwork all week saying Orpik played a role in all of it as well. Spare me “he shouldnt have to fight him!” if you dont like it, dont watch. Fighting is and always will be apart of the game. I understand what Thornton did was not fighting, but had Orpik (or any other penguin) answered the bell, it would have ended there.

    • cheetah440 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Only a drooling Pitts neanderthal could give this a thumbs down. It’s a shame. We should all love the sport and hate these cheap shots regardless if its your team. I don’t like MArchand because I think he’s dirty. I also don’t mind tough hard play and the occasional bad hit will happen. But Orpik has not built a long resume of dirty hits and hurting guys badly. He created this mess.

  12. cheetah440 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Another Bruin with a potential career ending cheap shot. First it was Neely, then it was Savard, now Eriksson. Ask Savard if mult concussions can end a career.

    And yes this was a cheap hit. Orpik didn’t have to line him up and run him. He should have seen Eriksson was vulnerable, and Eriksson never touched the puck. REPEAT, NEVER TOUCHED THE PUCK. If you say he did, you are simply a liar, because he didn’t. But Orpik was looking to level, looking to hurt. It’s what he does. He has a long history of these types of very cheap hits. Either from behind like to Cole, or open ice cheapies.

    It was interference and a very cheap hit. No less cheap than what Thorton did. Unfortunately, Thorton’s jabs did more damage than he likely thought. and he will and should pay for it.

    But there’s no need for hits like Orpik’s on Eriksson. Eriksson wasn’t skating with the puck, never touched the puck and Orpik should have pulled up or not gone full bore.

    Sorry but Orpik has a long history of cheap and dirty hits. Ask Erik Cole. He also just loves these types of cheap open ice hits, the stuff of a true coward.

    • hockey412 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      FYI – Eriksson touched the puck. Hits are a necessary part of the game. We’d like to see hits stay in the game.

      For the record, if it were me, I wouldn’t have hit him. But it was clean.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        That would be great except he never touched the puck and wasn’t close enough to justify a hit

      • cheetah440 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Would be a good story had Eriksson had the puck. He never even touched it. One thing if a guy has possession and get blasted. Ok, fair game, keep your head up. But trying to time a guy and blast him is low rent. And if you do that to a vulnerable guy who has been on the IR and had a concussion, sorry, you need to stand up for it. Orpik didn’t.

        This is all on Orpik. Just is. I’ve said the same about Marchand in the past, all on him. The truth is simply the truth.

      • hockey412 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        I absolutely can not believe in today’s day and age, with video being what it is, that people are saying he never touched the puck. He did not have possession of the puck, but yes, he did touch it. Orpik DID stand up for his hit, by staying in the game and continuing to play. if you think that Thornton, the Bruins bench, the coach, etc., has the right to DICTATE who fights, when and where, then you’re retarded. Thornton challenged Orpik, Orpik refused – END OF STORY – THAT’S WHERE IT ENDS. The rest is criminal, will FOREVER tarnish the tiny little bit of respect and honor that Thornton had built for himself, and now he is nothing more than a good-for-nothing goon. He’s Chad Cooke. Orpik made a legal play – the Bruins just couldn’t handle it. It was a temper tantrum, nothing more.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      you guys claim he never touched the puck but it clearly goes off his stick and into the middle of the ice, watch the video, its pretty clear. it was bang-bang puck then hit but he still had his stick in position and the puck hits it.

      • cheetah440 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        I’ve watched it in HD several times. It DOES NOT TOUCH HIS STICK. No matter how many times you or any other excuse maker say it, it doesn’t touch his stick. Sorry, it just doesn’t.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        You’re absolutely correct jpelle82; it’s OBVIOUSLY touches his stick as it changes direction toward the middle of the ice and flutters coming off his blade.

        If someone claims to watch it and doesn’t see that, they either need a new TV or an appointment with an eye doctor.

        According to the rule – Possession of the Puck:
        The last player to touch the puck, other than the goalkeeper, shall be considered the player in possession. The player deemed in possession of the puck may be checked legally, provided the check is rendered immediately following his loss of possession. – THEREFORE Ericksson was in possession of the puck, subject to being checked.

  13. myroncopesflask - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Fighting will be banned by the NHL in less than 2 years.

  14. cheetah440 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    another one. Typical type of Orpik hit. taking advantage of a guy, usually one who was just concussed. Seems to be a pattern emerging.
    Sorry, I don’t mind being in the minority here, but Orpik deserved what he got. Thorton will pay, but Orpik deserves it. You go around leveling guys like this. Hurting guys on purpose, you deserve what you get.

    While this IS a clean hit, you have to know what you are doing. You have to know you are hurting a guy. And if that’s your intent, you better be ready to fight and not coward and turtle away. If you want to play tough, you should be tough and not pick off vulnerable here and there. You’re going to get what’s coming to you.

    • pens5829 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Get a life you moron. You need videos of Marchand’s history of slew-footing guys the last four years and then running and hiding behind Chara, Thornton, and Lucic? Oprik’s hits are clean. Marchand’s just a weasel dirtbag.

      • cheetah440 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        yawn. I don’t support Marchand’s dirty play because he’s a Bruin you dope. Orpik’s hits are dirty because he prays on vulnerability. Just a fact. Sorry you idolize Pitts and can’t think for yourself.
        Marchand is a weasel. See, it’s ok.

  15. csilojohnson - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Open ice hits are part of the game.
    Keep your head up!

    • cheetah440 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      Wrong. You have no rights to simply blast a guy unless he either has the puck or just got rid of the puck. It’s called a rule and for a reason. You don’t want cheap shot guys ruining careers left and right. EVERYONE finds themselves in a vulnerable position at some point. It’s inevitable. It’s a very stupid comment to say “keep ya head up”. Shows your hockey ignorance.

  16. cheetah440 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    This IS a CLEAN hit. Can anyone see the difference??? Anyone?

    • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      The primary differences are –
      A- Kreider was skating with his head up,
      B- The Rangers didn’t immediately goon it up like the Bruins do and in this case Chara did when he ended up with the dumb retaliation penalty.

      Did I get them both right?

      Orpik made a textbook body check when he hit Eriksson in the chest with his shoulder, right after the puck leaves Eriksson’s stick. You can tell it hit his stick because it changes direction and flutters coming off Eriksson’s blade. By definition, that’s considered possession. You can tell he hits him in the chest by the way Eriksson’s head rolls forward.

      That’s completely different than the Gryba hit. On the Gryba hit, the ONLY point of contact was Ellers head from the blindside.

      Look at any clean hard check made on a Bruins player and you’ll see the immediate goon reaction from the neanderthal teammates. Thornton then goes on to show he and his team have very little respect for their opponents. Marchand diving, Chara’s usual routine and Thornton chasing Orpik around like an idiot. No respect for the game.

      At this point, it’s probably time to get over Kneely and quit whining about that phantom hit.

  17. njadvocate111 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Orpiks shoulder hit Erickson’s jaw, as principal point of contact. Clear as day, puck does not touch his stick, nor is he ever in possession. Similar to a hit Eric Gryba delivered and was suspended for last season in the playoffs on Lars Eller. Look at the last 3 line brawls during the season (not the leafs/sabres-preseason) and excluding the devils/rangers at puck drop. Pens/Isles, Pens/Flyers (2x). All three times pens were losing bad and things got out of hand. James Neal played a role in both Flyer’s ones. The penguins are, as John Tortorella put it, “one of the most arrogant organizations in the league”. They do not like being held accountable, never have, never will and that is unacceptable in a league that is based on respect. I know what Thornton did was over the line, but Orpik has put numerous (Cole, franzen, stepan, gleason etc) careers in jeopardy, while never willing to be held accountable. Thats why media is defending him, not former players. And if you think knee checks arent as bad as a broken neck, ask Neely

  18. cheetah440 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    What a great post. Of course Pitts fans won’t have any of it. Sad.

  19. penvik - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    The problem with the NHL is that good hits are reacted to. Boston could’ve reacted by getting them back legally. Instead Thornton made a 25 game mistake. The hit was perfectly fine, Bruins just did what the bruins/flyers do!

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