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Shawn Thornton isn’t a ‘fan’ of P.K. Subban ducking

May 3, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

Rugged Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton left Game 2 briefly but was able to return after hurting himself attempting to check Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who ducked the hit. Thornton admitted after the Bruins’ win that he isn’t a “fan of ducking,” as reports.

“I don’t like people ducking,” Thornton said. “I think Marchy [Brad Marchand] got about five games for it once. I will say, off the draw he apologized afterwards, so there’s that. I think it’s a dangerous play, personally. But it’s playoffs, it’s hockey, I’m fine, so we’re okay.”

Take a look at video of the exchange to judge for yourself:

The 36-year-old addressed the incident on, which you can see here:

Either way, it must feel better for Thornton that the Bruins were able to fight back from a 3-1 deficit to win 5-3 in Game 2. There’s no indication that the bruising Bruins winger will miss Game 3, even though he’s dealing with what he jokingly called a “full-body injury.”

  1. hairpie2 - May 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Subban turned away from the way his natural momentum was taking him as a rt hand shot, twisted his body to the other side, and curled up so Thornton would trip over him face first into the boards. not very difficult to figure that out.

    • joeman26 - May 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      ever notice PK is always turning away….always looking over the shoulder

      • c9castine - May 3, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        yeah so would you. if your not trying to know where the contact is coming from your just an idiot and youll never make it to the NHL.

        i know hes a little more noticeable doing it…youve watched him play right? everything he does is animated and pronounced.

      • 950003cups - May 4, 2014 at 2:32 AM

        That Thornton, I gotta say, he’s got some set of balls, to be complaining about someone not wanting to take a late hit. He should’ve just said “why would he duck, knowing in too big and slow to stop myself from throwing a crushing hit. Now I have a boo-boo.”

      • strictlythedanks - May 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        thats not a late hit 95buttercups

  2. steelcity333 - May 3, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    So he’s upset a guy ducked out of the way of a hit? Surprised Thornton didn’t come back and sucker punch him but there’s still a few games left for him to do that.

    • hairpie2 - May 3, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      He should have. he probably would have cowered and refused to fight like orpik did. some guys just want to be able to run players and slash and hit on their own terms, but when it comes to pay up, its always someone elses fault… the big bad guy was mean….

      • steelcity333 - May 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        Yeah, hitting a guy in the face while he’s on his back makes Thornton a tough guy. If the Penguins and Bruins win we’ll see if Thornton is willing to pay up.

      • steelcity333 - May 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        And forgot to mention slew footing him to the ground.

      • hairpie2 - May 3, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        He absolutely did not slew foot him. he grabbed him from the side and confronted him then threw him to the ice because he wasn’t going to own up, then punched him twice while wearing a glove. sometimes you gotta take the bull by the horn even if the bull is more of a sheep.

      • numbcracker2109 - May 3, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Who is gonna make him pay up exactly?

      • c9castine - May 3, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        your version of events is really something.

        kinda like how brad marchand got down on his knees where he belongs and threw his head into Neal’s knee. Neal tried real hard to avoid it but ah, too bad.

        every team has its dirty players and dirty moments. the amount of diving and faking the bruins display on a nightly basis is the laughing stock of the NHL. youve seen the videos. that has to be embarassing.

      • pittsburghmohawk - May 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        Bruins aren’t beating the Canadiens. PENS will be well rested and waiting for them.

      • hairpie2 - May 8, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        The diving and whining and crying in that series will set the NHL back 15 years with the fans.

    • bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Ok troll. Worry about your own team not being able to finish. Cindy cant do crap in the playoffs. Play him physical and he is a no show.

      • steelcity333 - May 3, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        Don’t come on a Penguins story then. But every time something happens, here come the Bruins and Flyers fans to say something. A guy crying because someone ducking from a hit is pathetic. If this was a Penguin you’d be saying the same thing and don’t lie to yourself, you know you would.

      • bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        Learn how to read. He finished by saying “but it’s playoffs, it’s hockey, i’m fine, so we are ok.” I dont think we are on a Penguins story. Orpik wont do a thing to Thornton. He will probably just crap in his jock as soon as Thorty gets near him.

      • bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        You do the same thing hypocrite. Priceless to seethe Flower flopping around like a moron while the Rangers put you away last night.

      • steelcity333 - May 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        He also said “I don’t like people ducking.” And then he has the guts to say “it’s a dangerous play.”

      • bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        I dont think Subban ducked it. Looks like he lost his edge. He is known for ducking. If Marchand had done it you would be screaming 5 min major. If someone ducked on Goontorzzo Penn fans would be screaming suspension. Love watching Cindy get aggrivated that he cant get anything going because there is always someone there to take the body. Rangers in 5. Bruins in 6. Original 6 ECF.

      • steelcity333 - May 3, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        Wow, you gave the Penguins a game and Montreal another game. Thought for sure you would have said New York in 4 and Boston in 5. And if Lucic didn’t get suspended for spearing someone three times, nobody would be suspended for this. But knowing the NHL Subban probably will be suspended.

      • bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        No suspension needed. The refs should let the boys play. Subban shouldnt be suspended and I never said he should. I play hockey and the spearing in the nuts happens all the time. I cant tell you how many times I have been screening the goalie and have been hit there. It happens more than you know by all teams. If you have a cup on then it really isnt that bad. Goalies do it all the time

      • bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        And no mention of any of the other players who did it out west right? Only Lucic. And Cindy pulling Hartnells hair last year was ok?

      • steelcity333 - May 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        So spearing someone in the groin is okay but pulling a biter’s hair is bad? And we were discussing Boston and Pittsburgh not any teams out west. Anybody who spears someone should be suspended. A fine is a slap on the wrist and does nothing to deter it from happening again.

      • mangoman1966 - May 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        No show. You mean like savard lol

      • bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        What I am saying is the call was the same for the boys in the west. Lucic didnt get special treatment.

      • cheesesteak75 - May 3, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        bsfan77, We are all glad to know you play hockey.

      • c9castine - May 3, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        you think this is the first time hes been checked?

        cindy has well over 100 points in the playoffs and hes 26. dumbas.

    • drewzducks - May 3, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Fitting to see an arena full of Pens fans wearing the cowardly color of yellow as they saunter towards the exits after another defeat.

      • cheesesteak75 - May 3, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Boston wear yellow and Pittsburgh wears gold.

      • c9castine - May 3, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        lol yellow?

        anyway, didnt you tell me once your an oregon fan hence the ducks part?

      • drewzducks - May 3, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        Yes, but what do the psychedelic flashbacks of Phil Knight have to do with the current narrative. And where was your commentary following yesterday’s OT loss? Looks like it takes a Bs article to draw you to these boards. My problem with the Subban/Thornton play is the same problem I had with the Marchand/Salo play. Both players attempted to avoid the big hit by low bridging their aggressor. The survival instinct is going to cause the target to do whatever they can to avoid contact, but in this sport the proper response would be to brace oneself for impact or move to the side, rather than duck and cover.

  3. bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    It is ok for Cindy to slew foot Ryan Callahan this season huh? Thorty will step up to anyone on your team. Im sure no one will do anything though. Should be called the Pittsburgh Turtles.

  4. muckleflugga - May 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    apparently shawn thornton’s hockey code, a complete mystery to anyone living outside the ape house at the san diego zoo, means …

    the likes of pk subban are supposed to remain inert while a knuckle-dragging ape such as shawn thornton, tries to blow through them in an effort to get a rise out of the slavering half-wits wallowing in the stink of td garden

    they’ve got a pet monkey who likes to get drunk and sing boogie woogie and it sounds real funky

    come on your turn boy … sing one monkey … let’s hear it for the monkey

    on saturday night they need some excitement

    jane gets right and the monkey gets tight and their voices unite in the pale moonlight … yeah, it’s dynamite it’s out of sight

    let’s hear it for the monkey

    • bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      You make absolutely no sense.

      • c9castine - May 3, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        that actually made an incredible amount of sense compared to the crap a lot of other people are saying in here.

        in case you didnt catch it, shawn thornton is a monkey, relatively speaking.

    • hairpie2 - May 3, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      this is racist.

      • mangoman1966 - May 3, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Its a song einstein

      • mangoman1966 - May 3, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        We are talking Boston the most racist city in the country. Proof the other night with subban. Also with bb hall of famer bill Russell. Also the red Sox were the last team in the majors to have a black player. I could go on if you like.

      • ironyisadeadscene - May 3, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        and the first hockey team (Willy O’Ree) numb nuts

    • infectorman - May 3, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      You are such a clown.
      Have you ever laced up a pair of skates or just take creative writing lessons at the local community college?

      Subban Ducked like a p*ssy and it IS against the Hockey code at this level.
      As evidenced by Subban APOLOGIZING, Einstein

      Color commentator: ” you see this alot at the amateur level”. Amateur, as in bush league, as in Subban, as in your knowledge of ICE hockey.

      Maybe you thought this was FIELDHockeyTalk?
      Halfwits? You reside at the top of their org chart…

      Please, regale us with more of your witless banter

      • c9castine - May 3, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        oh here comes the “ever lace em up man? well i have”

        yeah sure. ive laced em up. for a long time

        yet here we all are, on PHT. sit down man, playing the game means crap here.

    • c9castine - May 3, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      in this unintelligent and brutish culture, somehow shawn thornton is being praised and pk subban denounced on account of their respective morality.

      here we have shawn thornton talking about somebody trying to avoid his hits as “dangerous”, the same guy who head hunts on a regular basis and who took a 15 game suspension for sucker punching somebody’s head into the ice.

      • shortsxit34 - May 4, 2014 at 3:15 AM

        He’s been suspended once in 15 seasons, so what’s your point?

        Marchand did the same things a few seasons ago.
        Was it bush league? Yes.
        Was he suspended? Yes, rightfully so.

        Subban makes the same play and your argument against it being a bush league play is, “Well, I don’t like the guy that tried to him him.”

        Speaking of unintelligent..

      • infectorman - May 4, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        @c9castline no one asked YOU if you ever laced em up, yet, you feel compelled to tell us all about it (“for a long time”) at the first opportunity. Dude, no one cares.
        Notice how I didn’t mention if I have?

        Muglyfugly has touted his Hockey lineage for post after post on here, and as such should know better than to question the code of the game regardless of who breaks it and who it’s broken against. Anyone who hasn’t played the game at higher than a Pee Wee level most likely includes all of the anti-Thornton posters here and those just trying to tork off Boston fans.
        There is a code and Subban broke it, thus the apology..

        Try and keep up

  5. tapefolie - May 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Thornton is a turd that deserved what he got!! If he tried to hit me like that I’d do the same motherf$cking thing without doubt!!

    • bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Have to learn how to skate first tough guy. NHL 14 on your couch doesn’t count.

    • shortsxit34 - May 4, 2014 at 3:16 AM

      Maybe you would, in fact, duck if somebody tried to check you; but, other NHL players are not allowed to duck from legal body checks.

  6. 101starmymedic - May 3, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    They should call him Turtle from now on. What a coward.

    • drewzducks - May 3, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      • thesheabutterfactory - May 3, 2014 at 11:33 PM

        Drewzducks, aren’t you the guy who defends Marchand? Isn’t ducking, in a far more dangerous fashion, one of his patented moves(along with slew footing)?

        I don’t like Subban. He dives and does some dirty stuff, but you can’t defend Marchand and cry about everything that happens to your team. Your opinion is so biased it means nothing.

        To the rational Bruins fans who don’t support Marchand’s actions, you have every right to be upset. The Bruins are and outstanding franchise and most of their fans are probably intelligent people. But, drewzducks, nobody should take you seriously.

      • drewzducks - May 4, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        Hey butterball, you clearly have your head so far stuck up your ass you must be churning your own Parkay. I’ve always ripped Marchand for his unnecessary acts. I cited his Salo low bridge earlier in this post. My complaints with him is that he can play close to the edge, drop the gloves with a physically superior P.K., slap around a Sedin who apparently wasn’t man enough to put the little rat in his place and still be one of the more skilled guys in the league. If he can’t eradicate the other nonsense from his game then I wouldn’t have a problem with them moving him as his crap has become a distraction at times to the team. Hell, they moved Seguin, an apparent distraction OFF the ice, so they’ve shown that they’re not afraid to move anyone. Though if he does clean up his act, I would expect him to be nominated for the Masterton Trophy, much like Penguin legend Matt Cooke.

      • thesheabutterfactory - May 4, 2014 at 12:30 AM

        You act like fighting Subban and slapping around Sedin make him tough. Tougher then PK Subban and Daniel Sedin isn’t very tough. Matt Cooke fights more then he does, and he’s Matt Cooke. Marchand is a real good hockey player though.

        That being said, it would seem your hard-on for Marchand is softening. I’ll leave you be then, that was my only beef.

  7. dmfc1112 - May 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Why is this all of a sudden a big deal? Is it because everybody hates Subban? Players try to avoid hits all game long. It wasn’t bad at all. If you want to see A bruin get hurt on a missed check try Mike Richards (then a flyer) side-stepping Adam Mcquaid (or boychuk, forget exactly).now That looks painful.

    • shortsxit34 - May 4, 2014 at 3:21 AM

      Did you look at the video? You know you aren’t allowed to duck when a player is about to check you, right?

      • 950003cups - May 4, 2014 at 3:45 AM

        Actually, I wasn’t aware it was illegal to duck out of the way. I know you can’t “ball up” to clip his knees. But Subban looked like he was avoiding the hit. Not trying to clip. That’s just my view. My views aren’t sanctioned by the NHL.

  8. tapefolie - May 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Bsfan I don’t care if you play hockey or not. He has a right to avoid a hit flatout!!

    • hairpie2 - May 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      Avoiding a hit by side stepping is one thing, curling your body and dropping at your opponents knees while he is headed into the boards is something else.

    • shortsxit34 - May 4, 2014 at 3:23 AM

      No, you’re not allowed to avoid a hit by ducking. It’s called clipping, and it’s against the rules. That’s why Marchand was suspended for it a few seasons ago.

    • manninghasnt1sincespygate - May 4, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      You just don’t get it do you?

  9. tapefolie - May 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Dirtbag Thornton tried to take Subban my man out with a questionably dirty hit and ended up taking himself out with stupidity!!

    • shutton83 - May 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Not a dirty hit at all, subban had the puck and thorton was doing his job in going to challenge Subban with a check. Now most hockey players would take the hit to make the play but Subban tries to avoid the hit. He has every right to avoid contact in a safe manner, what Subban did endangered Thornton with a possible knee on hip collision that could have caused serious injury. Had Subban moved horizontally along the boards he avoids contact and does not endanger Thornton.

  10. tapefolie - May 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Hairy you must not have watched the reply. Subban was already halfway down when the dirtbag was charging toward him, how could he have sidestepped him?

    • hairpie2 - May 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      in that instance he couldn’t. I meant in general, there are ways to do it. you don’t ever deliberately twist like an Olympic diver and drop at your opponents knees under any circumstances though. I don’t care how much of a coward you are.

      • thesportsjudge - May 3, 2014 at 11:16 PM

        If ANY NHL team knows anything about Olympic diving, it is the Montreal Canadiens, so there’s that.

    • manninghasnt1sincespygate - May 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Just shut up….you’re an idiot.

  11. jpat2424 - May 3, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Shut your pie hole Thornton

    • numbcracker2109 - May 3, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Ha! You burned him something fierce. He’ll probably miss the next game after that scorcher.

      • jaguar0413 - May 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Nah, more likely he’ll go on CSN to complain.

  12. numbcracker2109 - May 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    We can rip Subban all day, at least I’ve seen the kid fight, unlike that clown orpik. Subban doesn’t do it much but at least he has the balls to give it a shot here and there

  13. jaguar0413 - May 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Oh my god. Boo hoo. Do the Bruins ever stop whining? Seriously, they have a beef with everyone and everything. Just shut up and play hockey.

    • numbcracker2109 - May 3, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      I thought he went out of his way to diffuse the situation. The host was prodding him and he laughed it off. Relax

    • cheesesteak75 - May 3, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      So true!

  14. mydoglouie - May 3, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    You would think be would be not a fan of playing 3:42 more than the guy he went after that played 24 minutes more than him

    • numbcracker2109 - May 3, 2014 at 10:12 PM


  15. bostonstranglah72 - May 3, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    I love how Pens fans are suddenly commenting on this story. Getting a little nervous…

  16. muckleflugga - May 3, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    no nooooo i must apologize to bruins supporters herein

    first, they have a far better tolerance for guinness than i … eight and i’m like todally blotto dooood, but them, weh heh hell

    [ how do you render a bruins’ supporter sufficiently helpless so you can kick his ass up and down the gutter … put a full pint of guinness into each of his hands, he’ll never risk spilling a precious drop ]

    secondly, i thought thornton had landed on his shoulder, and i should have been concerned for his welfare [ ears pricking-up all over the realm of bruin at mere hint of a gyro payment ]

    my bad … it turns out, thornton hit the dasher-board face first so yeah, all is good … all that bony matter no harm no foul

    apology not needed

    • manninghasnt1sincespygate - May 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Your mom.

  17. pastabelly - May 3, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Accept Subban’s apology and move on. Claude seemed pretty steamed by it, but the Canadiens now have gotten under the Bruins skin and it’s negatively impacting the Bruins. The calls aren’t going to change up north. The coach cannot lose his cool.

    • pepper2011 - May 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      The coach can bring attention to it though. The penalties are 13-6 in favor (in a bad way) of the Bruins; at home nonetheless. This is what a good coach does. I don’t have a problem with any of the bruins penalties with the exception of the emelin dive for their first pp in game two and the Weiss dive in the first period of game one. What I have a problem with is Montreal not getting called. How does eller not get an extra for spraying Rask? He roughed up Krug just as much. PK should have had an interference on krejci late in the third of game 2. Soderberg got hauled down, and say what you want about Marchand; soderberg is not going down unless it is legit. The emelin dive today was silly. Don’t the refs watch the replays and get pissed?

  18. stakex - May 3, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    There’s nothing wrong with trying to avoid a hit, but ducking down low to the ice like that is in fact very dangerous. You are essentially ducking into the knees of the player about to hit you, and as this play shows, knee injuries are very possible. Thornton seems to be OK though, so no harm no foul.

  19. thesportsjudge - May 3, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    What a different song and dance people would be singing had Thornton’s knee connected with Subbans back and HE got injured.

  20. bostonstranglah72 - May 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    The problem is if Subban or any other Canadien takes a big hit, fans will flood the emergency lines demanding the Mounties lock someone up. Clowns! Somebody call 9-1-1?

    • thesheabutterfactory - May 3, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      That’s funny…… but if you’re going to generalize about habs fans, then it’s fair game to joke about Bruins fans being racist. Every city has their idiots and Boston is no exception. I’m not a habs fan, just saying…..

      • hankscorpio22 - May 4, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        Who cares what a few twitter tough guys post? Didn’t the same thing happen after game 6 of nyr-philly series to Wayne Simmonds? Funny no one in the media ever mentioned that. At a game in MTL someone threw a banana at Kevin Weekes.
        Saying Boston is racist because of a few idiots is an easy story line for media types to generate hits. These maggots are everywhere not just Boston.

      • thesheabutterfactory - May 4, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Obviously. That’s what I said, “Every city has their idiots and Boston is no exception”. Bostonstranglah72 is doing the same thing people who call Boston a racist city are in generalizing about a whole city because a few morons called the cops. I NEVER CALLED BOSTON RACIST, I’m sure it’s a wonderful city. I’m just saying you can’t call Montrealers clowns and cry when people call Boston racist. You have to be an idiot to label either city based on their stupidest citizens.

  21. spokeb - May 4, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Subban is notorious for backing away from hits. I saw posts that say it’s how you should play hockey. Try not to get hit………WRONG. You give hits and you take hits. You don’t toss the puck away blindly and cower away from contact. What a sad player he is. I have no idea how he won the norris. No idea whatsoever. He has a hard shot and can skate fast. BFD. So do about 50% of defensemen. Anyway, it’s just matter of time before someone takes him out for simply being a ou$$y. Man up subban and play the game like a man.

  22. charastein - May 4, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I have to say, Subban’s comments about the stupid racism tweets were very impressive. Every city has its share of morons, and unfortunately, Boston is no different and he seemed to know that. He actually complimented the Bruins fans and said that Boston was a highly respected original six team, which in the heat of playoff series, he didn’t have to do.

    Bruins “fans,” if you feel the need to make racist remarks, know this:

    You are nothing but the shallowest kind of human being and the overwhelming majority of the true fans of the Boston Bruins reject you. We want NOTHING to do with anyone who can’t see past the color of a person’s skin. It’s pathetic and uneducated.

    The Boston Bruins were the first team to welcome a black player to this game, and if you can’t handle that, we don’t want you in the stands or wearing the jersey. Stay home and knit yourself a “white power” sweater or something, we don’t need your kind of “fan” in the stands.

    I wasn’t a P.K. Subban fan at all. I don’t like his antics or how he embellishes. However, I’m not blind to the man’s obvious talent for the game, and his response to this was classy and professional. I have to say, I have quite a bit more respect for him now and I am very glad we have his brother in the Bruins system.

    FYI, true story:

    I was in the stands with a friend who shall remain nameless during the first game in which Iginla came into Boston as a newly signed Penguin (after the Bruins snub). One drunken idiot sitting near us kept yelling: “Get off the ice you half-breed!” I turned to the guy and said, “Hey man, that’s not cool, there are kids here.” However, my buddy took it a step further and stood up to the guy and told him if he spoke like that again, he was going to kick his a$$ right there and then. The chump sat down and watched the game like a puppy spanked with a newspaper after peeing on the floor. He didn’t say a damn thing the rest of the game.

    A season later, Iginla is a Bruin and playing his heart out, endearing himself to the fans with his impressive work ethic and goal scoring. Same idiot guy was now cheering, “Yeah! Go Iggy!” at the last game I was at.

    Funny, he was color blind once he put on the spoked B!

    I highly encourage all Bruins fans to respond in similar fashion to any racist statements made in the stands. Stand up to the clown and let them know it won’t be tolerated.

  23. blackhawks2010 - May 4, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Subban is a skill player, whereas Thornton is …well, Thornton. I’d rather see skill players stay healthy by avoiding unnecessary hits. This was clearly unintentional and not intended to injure Thornton by ducking.

    Move on, focus on hockey.

    • spokeb - May 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      I hear you, but what about a little bit of self pride? this is the NHL and as much as i hate them its Montreal. Take a hit now and again man. He is a liability when he cowers away and turtles. This happens way too often. Could you imagine if Ray Bourque or Larry Robinson, Chara, Pronger etc were ducking checks?? I’ve heard (read) people say this guys is going to be a hall of famer. I don’t think so. I say 3 more years in montreal and he will then get passed around like an old shoe.

  24. hosewater2 - May 4, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    You gotta hand it to Thornton, he’s a master at managing public perception and handling the media. If Bertuzzi had this guys interview moves ppl would look at him a lot differently for the same offenses.

    He’s got Haggs and Edwards eating out of his hand with their softball questions, these guys are like high school nerds sidling up to the star athlete.

    Props to the interviewer for calling it the “Boston Garden” instead of “(corporate sponsor) Garden.” Would love to see baseball try that just for a week.

  25. charlie24zz - May 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Typical Bruin – dirty scumbag – complaining hypocrite…pretty sure he was quoted comparing PK’s move to what Marchand did to Salo- so clearly he is also a moron who’s eyes and brain don’t work.

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