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Video: Bruins’ Thornton sprays Habs’ Subban with water during play

May 10, 2014, 10:15 PM EST

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban wasn’t at all happy after he got sprayed with water by Boston Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton late in the third period of Saturday’s game.

Subban was playing the puck near the Bruins bench, when Thornton, on the bench, sprayed him with the contents of the water bottle in his hand. The incident has become a major topic of discussion on Twitter, just moments after the Bruins defeated the Canadiens to take a 3-2 series lead and push their rivals to the brink of elimination in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“It happen twice. If it was me who did that it would have been in the news for the next 3 days,” said Subban after the game, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.

This isn’t the first incident involving a player using a water bottle to get under the skin of an opponent. Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry sprayed water into the glove of L.A. Kings forward Jeff Carter during a stoppage in play.

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  1. kovodisc - May 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Yawn

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      At the 14 second mark of the video thornton flinches and poops his pants ahahhaahh

      • drewzducks - May 10, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        Thats cuz Claude told him if he does that again he’ll get traded to the Flyers.

      • eagles92 - May 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        Are you kidding me? Thorton would destroy subban in a fight

  2. mangoman1966 - May 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Subban should have parted the top of thortons helmet with his stick on his next shift

    • aljack88 - May 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      ……everyone is waiting….

    • bigsky1970 - May 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Yeah, and Subban would be served a 10 game suspension and the hockey world will be spared all the times the announcers spend 10 minutes telling us how great Subban is to the sport of hockey every time he takes a slap shot from the blue line and it hits the crossbar.

    • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      what next shift? you mean 25 minutes later?

      not enough time in a game to get shawn thornton on his next shift.

      • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        How many minutes a game do ANY fourth line wingers play? Quit graspin’ at straws.

  3. charastein - May 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Subban looked thirsty. Thornton was just being a good host and offered him a drink.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      Trying to cool him off since he scores at will against the bruins

      • gallyhatch - May 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Except for the last two games.

      • charastein - May 10, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        Not enough will in him to get in done this game then.

        He is a good player though. His goal from the blueline tonight was a heck of a shot.

        However, even mom and dad can’t be proud of stunts like this:

        https://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/852391300.gif?1399772147

        The arm wag really helps sell it. Subban needs to go Hollywood after his NHL career is over. Great dramatic acting.

      • manninghasnt1sincespygate - May 11, 2014 at 7:31 AM

        What’s the score in the series?

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        You bruins fans really get your man boobs in a snip when your super hero sean thornton looks like a punk

  4. billiam55 - May 10, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    cool story bro

  5. dropthepuckeh - May 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Whine whine whine. Maybe he should complain to his teammates to help him out a little instead of crying about water. Also nice celebration on the 4-2 goal. Settle down, you lost.

    • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      he may be on the lesser team…remains to be seen.

      but on an individual level he is the best player in this series by a mile and has owned boston and rask.

      • drewzducks - May 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        “On an Individual level”…spoken like a true Pens fan.

      • manninghasnt1sincespygate - May 11, 2014 at 7:34 AM

        Who cares….he’ll be golfing on Tuesday morning.

    • pete387 - May 11, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      Hot dog celebration when still down by 2 late isn’t the best idea. Save your energy for the next shift and maybe you mount a comeback.

  6. numbcracker2109 - May 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Are we REALLY comparing spraying water at someone to spitting on someone? Or jumping and knocking someone unconscious? I really can’t begin to understand how we got here as a society. Corey Perry sprays water into gloves and it barely cracks the headlines, Subban gets water sprayed at him and Canada’s heavyweights are making it a suspend able offense? Steve Simmons is actually insinuating that this has RACIAL OVERTONES?!?!?! Wowza. I figured there would be talk about this but not quite like this.

    Just to clarify: dick move by Thornton, but one with a purpose- to get under Subbans skin,to frustrate by far Montreals best player. And he did it without blowing put Pk’s knee like Matt Cooke would’ve. But hey, he chose water because SUBBAN IS BLACK!!!

    You want to be mad, fine. But Simmons and Campbell are pros and they sound ridiculous.

    • dueman - May 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      You must live in Zimbabwe if you think that Steve Simmons, and Cambell are “Canada’s heavyweights.” I wouldn’t even call Simmons a pro. People on here are getting a bit carried away in defense of this, mainly because as I’m writing this there are 20 comments and only 2 are even remotely against what Thorton did! Personally, I thought it was pretty darn funny especially because it was Subban who got sprayed. Everybody knows that Subban is far from being innocent of this kind of stuff himself. Also because Subban had no business going over to the Boston bench in the first place…guaranteed he wasn’t saying “good game.”

      The grin on Thorton’s face was just priceless too!

    • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Nobody mentioned anything about Perry because NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE WEST COAST HOCKEY!!!

    • charastein - May 11, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      Shawn Thornton is just terrified of P.K. Subban. It’s so obvious because he flinched.

      The guy did have a stick in hands. And unlike P.K., Shawn doesn’t have a visor.

      I think laughing in P.K.’s face was clearly enough evidence that he is as frightened of Mr. Subban as he would be of Justin Bieber.

      Please. Reaching much?

      http://gifsoup.com/view/3687675/hulk-smash-loki.html

  7. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Watch big bad sean flinch when PK comes over to the bench

    • kovodisc - May 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      That’s about the only thing you have to focus on from this game, eh Elmer?

      Give a it a rest meow

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        Other than the fact that PK scores at will from the point on the BRUINS your correct

      • mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 12:53 AM

        if he scores at will, then how come he didn’t just will a couple more tonight?

    • bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      You post the same crap on every article. At least you spelles your words right this time, troll!

      • bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        Spelled

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        Go to the 14 second mark of the video and watch your big bad goon flinch and squirt in his pants ahahahaha its hilarious

      • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        only a boston fan would be oblivious to the fact that somebody spelled his own players name wrong.

      • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        Would have been a good time to spellcheck before posting. maebe neckts tyme tri piking ohn sumthing thot yu all so du nott suk att.

    • lordstanley65 - May 11, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      You’re a rather simple fellow, aren’t you?

  8. hockeyflow33 - May 10, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Seriously, I honestly can’t take these non-hockey morons who seem to be more prevalent in reporting on our sport.

    Is it a classy play? Obviously no.

    Does this stuff happen at every level of the game? Absolutely.

    Find real stuff to report on and stop acting like this is some great tragedy. The media thought it was cute when Perry did it.

    • 19to77 - May 10, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Mostly because they couldn’t push the imaginary racism angle, I imagine. God, Steve Simmons is asinine.

    • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      at what point in the game did Perry do it?

      • hockeyflow33 - May 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        Why would that matter? The complaint is against the act so based on that it shouldn’t matter if it’s in warmups or post-game.

      • 19to77 - May 11, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        I think he meant that Perry didn’t do it in the middle of a play, but between whistles. Difference is that Thornton could have potentially affected the play with his actions. Worst thing Perry could have accomplished was annoying Jeff Carter a little. I don’t really see this as a big deal – honestly, I’m still laughing at Thornton’s priceless troll face – but it’s a fair point.

    • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Maybe just stop reading article you don’t like. And definitely don’t comment on them since they take that ups their advertisement value.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 11, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        Huh? My comments, and everyone else’s, are clearly directed at the twitter journalists referenced in the article. Especially the two that originally accompanied the posting which have since been replaced.

      • mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        Oh, OK. Well it wasn’t “clearly.” This blog is “the media” and it “reports on” stuff, too. Twitter is not generally considered a journalism

      • hockeyflow33 - May 11, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Right but each of those tweets referenced are from journalists, TSN, THN, CSN, etc. Writing for media outlets qualifies them as journalists.

      • mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        “Tweeting” for media outlets, perhaps. Not writing. Plus, only one of the above tweets has anything bad to say. The others are actually covering “news” type items (what player safety will do, what coach said in regards to incident). What were the tweets that were there before?

      • hockeyflow33 - May 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        Right, when I wrote my comment there were different tweets. One speculated that Thornton had spit on Subban.

  9. arckln - May 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Can’t dive without water

    • pfhockey - May 11, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      True, they should just make the rink a swimming pool for both of these squads. In their natural environment…

  10. c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    pretty childish.

    guess you gotta do something to occupy all that time spent on the bench.

    id fine the team. its just an adolescent, disrespectful thing to do but most importantly, he did it while subban was playing the puck. gets in his eye or mouth or something and it could be a big distraction and seriously affect the play.

    thats the issue here for the dim bulbs dishing out the usual “whiners” BS. its not racial, its not really even about the disrespect or unsportsmanlike nature of the act. its the fact that he tried to effect the play from the bench.

    you absolutely can not be allowed to do that. i think we can all agree there??

    • numbcracker2109 - May 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      It was a dick move, but stuff like this has happened forever. Condemn it? Fine. Just don’t make a federal case out of it and I’m fine. Act like its a great injustice to the game and it’s just another attempt to suck the life out of hockey.

      • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        where the hell does it say anything about a federal case

        its not an injustice to anything but the rules of hockey.

      • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        You have totally knocked that straw man over! When the supreme court throws this out, you’ll be so vindicated.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      You’re worried that water could get squirted into Subban’s mouth?

      What am I missing? Isn’t that where it’s supposed to go or do people in Montreal enjoy their bidets a little too much?

      • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        your a knuckle dragger.

        so when it happens to lucic as hes coming down the boards with the puck gets in his eye and he loses the puck , pk subban rips another slap shot over Rask’s glove and boston fans wont care at all right?

      • hockeyflow33 - May 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        I don’t think that’s the case as I’m able to properly use “your” and “you’re”.

  11. drewsylvania - May 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    LOL. The ####-eating grin on Thornton’s face was priceless.

  12. muckleflugga - May 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    i don’t know what was funnier, seeing shawn thornton’s barney the dinosaur water bottle wielded with such wild abandon, given his lack of opposing thumbs

    or seeing the village idiot drop a full pant-load when pk went with the fake spear … it doesn’t get any better i swear to all that is holy …

    gone from shaking gloves to shaking a pant leg lmao

    • hockeyflow33 - May 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      huh?

      • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        its called reading. top to bottom, left to right. take tyelonel for any headaches, midol for cramps.

        ill check back tomorrow when you get done.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        I enjoy your posts chastising people’s intelligence while all of your posts are filled with not only spelling errors, but a complete lack of proper grammar, sentence structure or capitalization.

      • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        haha yeah… you think that it is the measure of intelligence eh?

        I would really like for you to tell me you think that properly structuring your sentences, and utilizing proper grammar and capitalization is the clearest indicator of a person’s intelligence.

      • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        you cant even answer simple, cut and dry questions.

        YOUR avoiding it because YOUR a dumbas and know that YOUR answers will make you look like one.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 11, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        I don’t know why I bother but you didn’t ask a question that warranted an answer. What you posted was actually a rhetorical question and didn’t necessitate an answer.

        What question would you like answered?

      • biffnasty - May 11, 2014 at 12:39 AM

        2 out of 3 incorrect, better luck next time. Although I can appreciate the “I know you are but what am I” mentality of YOUR witty comeback
        *You’re avoiding it*
        *You’re a dumbass*

      • mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        “I enjoy your posts chastising people‚Äôs intelligence while all of your posts are filled with not only spelling errors, but a complete lack of proper grammar, sentence structure or capitalization.”

        This actually has quite a bit of grammatical errors. I don’t care, but it’s like the guy above who chose to rip on someone for making spelling mistakes and then he went and made them.

        If you’re going to pick on something, CYA.

      • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Actually, you read left to right THEN top to bottom c9castine.

      • c9castine - May 11, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        its a movie quote. tommy boy.

        and even at that i left out the part of groups of words making sentences. did that on pupose…

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      you seen it too

    • infectorman - May 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Laughable that there is such an uproar over from our lilly livered friends north of the border.

      It takes a extraordinary kind p*ssy to think that this little occurrence matters with under a minute left in a game down by 2 goals.

      Subban counters by raising his Effing Stick to Thornton? What a douche…

      I love the clip of him just prior to his useless, little too little/little too late goal, jumpin up and down on his skates screaming for the puck like a 3 year old that wants his lollipop, so he can launch yet another prayer slap shot from to a screened Rask…infantile

      • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        Just think, Montreal fans were chastising Lucic for his empty net celebration goal earlier in the series.

  13. terrier92 - May 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    I read this story to my wife who commented “looks like guys like soap operas too” Non story

  14. dropthepuckeh - May 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    So wait squirting water on a player is worse than all the diving from Eller, Subban, Gallagher? Sounds like the bruins haters are desperate for something to hold into. Suck it up, Bruins dominated them.

    • stixzidinia - May 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Embellishment City. Bruins fans don’t get to talk about other guys diving when you have the league’s worst offenders on your squad. Hypocrites.

      • shaundre93 - May 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        I don’t get it, who dives on this team? I’ll give you Marchand, I’m sure there are some clips out there of him doing just about everything he shouldn’t lol but who else on this team dives? Bergeron? Krejci? Eriksson? Smith? Iginla? Lucic? (say what you will about Lucic, he would take a stupid penalty punching you in the face in retaliation long before hed take a dive) There’s a lot of things you could call the Bruins, I just don’t understand the diving thing

  15. drewsylvania - May 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Sure, should have been a penalty. Like tons of stuff that wasn’t called these playoffs.

  16. nicofthenorthstar - May 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Opposing thumbs? Like in thumb wrestling?

  17. bigoldorcafromvan - May 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Just another chapter out of Slapshoot playbook for the Bruins. This is the only way they can win.

    • charastein - May 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      Right. The water squirt really change the fact that the B’s outworked them and outscored them. Alright.

      Keep diving Habs. This one was priceless.

      https://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/852391300.gif?1399772147

      • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        I could care less about this water incident, but why do you say that Subban is diving in that particular gif? Bartkowski’s right skate takes out Subban’s left foot. Not intentional, it seemed. But it DEFINITELY happens. Have you ever played that trust game where you have to fall flat on your back and trust that someone will catch you? It’s nearly impossible to just fall straight back like that without being taken out. It takes a huge amount of self control and focus to allow your nervous system to not make you try bend your legs. Subban’s legs are in front of him. That’s legit.

      • cheetah440 - May 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

        This should be the story. Shameful dive. What’s even more shameful is someone trying to excuse it. Total dive, and it was rewarded by his PP goal.Shameful. Deserves to be squirted with water.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      It doesn’t seem you’ve seen the movie since you spelled it incorrectly and referenced a scene that never occurred.

  18. the8man - May 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    There are stories about NFL lineman spitting on one another. Sneezing on the opposition. Hurling dirt at one another. Slapping one another. And in one case where the stadium hosted an circus, hurling feces at one another.

    Water? From a bottle? It was probably purified. At worst, its gamesmanship.

  19. pitpenguinsrulez - May 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    What a scumbag/useless player is Thornton.

    • bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Worry about Cindy and your series, troll. Rangers will spank you tomorrow. Almost time for Cindy to coplain after every whistle

      • bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        Complain

      • c9castine - May 10, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        rangers will spank us tomorrow?

        maybe. well see about that. looking forward to seeing what you have to say after the game.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Learn how to spell idiot

      • mangoman1966 - May 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        How bout learning to spell einstein

      • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        @pitpenguinsruleZ

        “Learn how to spell idiot”

        Well, let’s see here.
        pitpenguinsrulezs<

      • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        Wow, my comment was destroyed by my cat jumping up on my keyboard. Fail on my part!

  20. bostonstranglah72 - May 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Mounties acknowledge full investigation to follow…

  21. gallyhatch - May 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    A full investigation is warranted, not only by the NHL, but the BPD, Staties, FBI, CIA NSA, ATF, DEA, RCMP, the League of Justice, Avengers West and whoever the F else is available.

    5/10/2014 Never Forget.

  22. arbruins - May 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Quick, bring thorty up on charges. Non story, nothing to see here

  23. bigsky1970 - May 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Subban should wear Rain-X on his visor for Game 6. LOL

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      I hope thorton had his depends on when he flinched

      • bigsky1970 - May 10, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        Jump in, the water’s fine. LOL

  24. penguins87and71 - May 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Man I thought Thornton said one time that his a enforcer that doesn’t cross the line. This is now two incidents this season where he has crossed the line. I can’t stand Subban, but it wasn’t right what Thornton did to him.

    • drewsylvania - May 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      LOL. You have a funny definition of “crossed the line”.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 11, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        Well we all know getting squirted with water and punched in the face are the same thing haha.

      • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Where is Joey to call for getting rid of squirting water since it is the same as getting punched in the face?

    • stixzidinia - May 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      Thornton is NOT an enforcer. He would get his clock cleaned 100% of the time if there were real heavyweights still in the league like Tony Twist, Stu Grimson, Bob Probert, etc.

      Thornton is like Chara, neither can actually fight and are made to look better than they are because of the era they play in. Even a guy like Francois Leroux would absolutely humiliate Chara in a fight.

      • drewsylvania - May 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        You don’t watch hockey.

    • theskinsman - May 11, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Not like kneeing a player already down on the ice, oh, wait, a candy assed pens player did that, so it’s fine. I hope the Rangers bully Cindy and the rest of the girl scouts all over the ice today.

  25. sixchr - May 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Someone should let Thornton know that there will be plenty of tears for him to refill his bottle with.

    • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Ya, in Montreal, from their fans after game 6.

  26. soj83 - May 10, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Should be the same punishment as when Upshall did that to Gudas…oh wait, there was nothing that came from that one. In fact, Gudas got a game misconduct for a similar reaction to Subban’s. It’s gamesmanship, just getting under each others skin. If this was Columbus vs Buffalo then no one would care, but because it is Boston vs Montreal it is the worst thing that ever happened.

  27. sjsharks66 - May 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Julien should have a talk with Thornton. The same guy who was suspended 15 games this season pulls a classless move like this. It just makes the organization look bad.

    I remember when Clowe played the puck from the bench. Should have been a penalty and was an immature thing to do. If you are on the bench, you are on the bench. Just sit there and wait for your next shift.

    No harm done with this, but the Bruins need to protect their image and talk to Thorton about any future incidents.

    • mp1131211 - May 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      The organization already looks bad. Which is why this is a headline.

      • charastein - May 11, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        Yep. The big bad Bruins.

        Criminals. Villains. Thugs.

        Thank you, Cam Neely and his pet Chia. One more win please and it will be time to close the toilet seat once and for all in 2014. Flush!

      • mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        Huh? Why don’t you go and read my comment here:

        http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/11/video-roenick-weighs-in-on-how-bruins-targeted-subban-in-game-5/

    • hockeyflow33 - May 11, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      I completely agree. Now instead of talking about a fairly dominating win, people are latching onto this nonsense.

      Is it a big deal? Nope, but it definitely takes away from the win.

      • mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        “Just sit there and wait for your next shift… the Bruins need to protect their image and talk to Thorton about any future incidents.”

        You completely agree? I thought you just said it was media driven hype and that you can’t stand it and that anyone on the ice knows it is not a big deal?

        So which is? No big deal or such a big deal that Thornton should be talked to?

  28. steelcity333 - May 10, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    This is really no big deal unless you want to say a player on the bench, it seems that’s where Thornton spends most of the game, interfered with the game. Subban better watch out now though. Either Thornton will sucker punch him or Lucic will spear him.

    • soj83 - May 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      Every player spends most of the game on the bench except for the goalie. Less than 30 minutes played means a majority of the game is on the bench, but I do agree that it isn’t a big deal, just NBC knowing that if they create a controversy about anything in a B’s/Habs series, it will get a lot of hits on their website. As for your last line, remember how other Pens fans defended Matt Cooke.

    • mangoman1966 - May 11, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      I believe it was the end of the bench. Any further down the bench Thornton would have been in new hampshire

      • hockeyflow33 - May 11, 2014 at 12:43 AM

        He gets regular minutes on one of the NHL’s elite teams as a fourth line player. What exactly should he be ashamed of?

  29. thundergunxpres - May 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    I wonder if Subban is still celebrating his huge goal tonight in garbage time

    • soj83 - May 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      Garbage time? His goal made it a 2 goal game with 2:30 left. Plenty of time for an offense like Montreal to get a bounce or 2 with a pulled goalie. This isn’t the NFL where teams can take a knee. If his goal was scored with less than 30 seconds left then I agree, but 2:30 is a long time in the NHL, look at game 6 of the finals last year.

  30. mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Wow, Boston/Montreal posts have become the new Flyers/Pens posts. Nothing but die hard homers leveling insults, making up stories, and denying facts.

    Entertaining!! Like Jerry Springer

  31. dubblelznhell - May 11, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Man all you idiots calling out the “dives” by subban, Eller, etc. how about you go to the penalty that lead to Boston’s first power play in the first period. If there was ever a definitive visual on what a “dive” is, it’s that one. Idiots.

  32. slickvb82 - May 11, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    Typical Bruins bullish!t. Bruins fans wonder why their team is hated. Thats some chump pu$$y sh!t. Fuk the Bruins

  33. arrow43050 - May 11, 2014 at 4:46 AM

    I’m a Rangers’ fan so I can give two craps about who wins this series, but I think Thornton should be suspended for a game. What he did was cheap and knew it wouldn’t be seen by the on-ice refs so he wouldn’t get caught. When you’re skating fast, something like that makes you jerk your head and you can lose control and fall, perhaps into the boards you’re right next to. Do we really think that Thornton is going to care about a $5000 fine/tax writeoff? Why not do this every time a player is going by when you see the refs aren’t looking right at you? Even if they see water come up, they won’t know which player to penalize. Seriously, why not do it every single time? There is just no place in hockey for this inane, childish crap which could be potentially dangerous.

    • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Skating parallel to the boards, even if you fell, momentum would continue to carry you, PARALLEL to the boards.

  34. theskinsman - May 11, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Everyone just calm down.I’m sure Thornton was just trying to make sure Subban wasn’t injured on his next dive in the shallow end.

  35. keltictim - May 11, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Ok before I comment on the water spraying, please for the love of god, never quote haggerty again in a story. You do know he got busted making up quotes, and a entire story last week right? I don’t care if he’s breaking a story as big as say “scientists have cloned DNA from lucic, and thorty to make the ultimate hockey b.a.” Even if he’s breaking a story that big, I don’t want to hear from that fraud. When he got called out on if he was laughing, talking about some nonsense that he was tired, that he had been at the rink since 8 ( which was another proven lie) and sometimes you wright something at night and wake up the next day and have no clue what you wrote. Yes sure joe that’s called drugs/alcohol, and even then I wouldn’t make stuff up and risk my entire career. Moron.

    Now then onto the water spraying. In a word, gut bust laughing out loud at that. It was great. He did his job, get under PKs skin, and he did it Barnum and Bailey style and I for one loved it.

  36. wensink18 - May 11, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Is there any evidence he even did it? Lets face it, ol’ PK has a credibility problem…that plus there is nothing on his visor. He is probably just feeling the disappointment of having almost stolen the series but now, well the Habs are all done. The hockey Gods hate the Habs- have since 1993, They will never win the Cup again. Ever. Too bad- so sad. One more thing, if Subban struggled in his bout with that Canadian born flopper, Marchand, he would get torn limb to limb by Thornton

  37. joeman26 - May 11, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    really losing site of whats going on here & it’s not about a little water..it’s the fact that they are down 3-2 by a team that is playing better than them…if it weren’t for all the post & x-bares hit this series would be over

    • stixzidinia - May 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Posts? Hitting the post is the same as shooting 5 feet wide of the net. It would be a missed shot with or without a goaltender in net. Gotta love all the internet wingers who’ve never laced up a skate in their lives trying to talk about how posts have saved the other team. If you’ve never played the game (and it’s obvious you haven’t), don’t talk about the game.

  38. sgs32 - May 11, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Am I the only 1 who sees a little bit Matthew Barnaby in that smile from Thornton?

    • stixzidinia - May 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Except that Thornton doesn’t have half the set of balls that Barnaby had.

      • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Or the rap sheet.

  39. spitfisher - May 11, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    This is such a non story, playful act. the post game interview PK asked the press not to make anything out of it, “part of the game”

  40. titansbro - May 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Oh Thornton flinched! Lol. Thornton would relish the opportunity to best the bag out of this pu***. Any man who celebrates a meaningless goal in a losing effort like that deserves much more than a couple drops of water on his jersey.

  41. comeonnowguys - May 11, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Suspend him a game because it’s lame and bush league.

  42. keltictim - May 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Suspend? Let’s calm down. It wasn’t a safety issue, it didn’t harm the diving crier. It was funny.

  43. davidmessina63 - May 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    This story is what generates the most comments from this game? Wow

  44. stixzidinia - May 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Awwww, Bruins fans trying to call other teams out for diving. That’s just priceless. No other team in the league has the distinction of having a trilogy of Embellishment City videos highlighting not only their coach’s hypocrisy on the subject, but also highlighting that the Bruins have two of the most pathetic divers in the league on their roster in Chara and Marchand. These videos have even been referenced in live NHL telecasts. LOL.

    Bruins fans, you’ve lost the privilege of calling out other teams. Permanently. When it comes to diving the Bruins are a laughingstock.

    I’ll bet Thornton was one of the many Bostonians who sent out N word tweets.

    • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Way to keep it classy at the end there.

  45. numbcracker2109 - May 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    I can’t believe there are this many comments on this. Anyone calling for a suspension should be banned from hockey sites forever.

    • arrow43050 - May 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      what if he threw a towel at him as he went by? an empty water bottle? where exactly is the line for the size and weight of the item that it is “OK” to throw at a player on the ice during play? IMHO if you make any intentional contact with any player on the ice during play with anything you should be suspended because of the potential danger since there is no way any player could ever expect it so you don’t know what their physical reaction will be. Squeezing a little water is vastly different than reaching out with your stick, so suspend for different lengths for them. Just because nothing happened doesn’t mean it wasn’t really stupid and dangerous.

      • arrow43050 - May 11, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        OK, during the next game there should be an announcement “OK Canadiens fans. It is perfectly acceptable to throw water on any Bruins player, so the next time one comes near your section if you are down low, throw whatever beverage you have over the glass at them.” This is OK. right? It’s not an acid attack. Clearly now dowsing players is acceptable by all of the thumbs down my comment is getting. Or “OK fans bring your water guns to the game and try to shoot the Bruins as they skate by from the gaps between the glass or the holes that photographers use for their cameras.” Please, what Thornton did was dumb, classless, and in the end dangerous. Not life-threatening dangerous but still dangerous.

  46. wishingtonredslur - May 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    LOL Thornton and Perry, IMHO well played. People act like this was an acid attack.

  47. sports2020 - May 11, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Two bad moves. First Subban going overboard with his hooting and hollering after his goal when the Habs were still two behind. He wanted that puck going to him for his glory. And when he got it he went overboard. His play has been very good, but maybe going to his head a little. What Thornton did was just plain stupid. No place for that in the game. Beat someone with your hockey talent and effort. If not then stay on the bench and watch. Spraying water was juvenile and bush league. This rivalry and history between the two teams shows how the proper focus gets clouded up by less than professional actions. Some players on both teams need to handle the pressure better and remember there are still some very talented teams coming down the playoff path. Stay focused and handle the moments in the championship way.

  48. 311sucks - May 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    that 3rd period really showed why bruins fans hate subban. he sells the hell out of the hold that bartowski was assessed, and then goes bar down from the blue line on the ensuing powerplay.

  49. bighossa - May 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Shawn Thornton has become about as useful as John Scott. He can’t even play his enforcer roll properly that’s why he has to resort to dirty play. I’ll be surprised if he’s still on Boston next season and I’m not by any means a Habs fan. Go hawks.

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