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Bruins’ Thornton fined for spraying Subban

May 11, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

Shawn Thornton AP

Boston Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton may have thought he got away with the perfect crime spraying Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban , but his wallet will be a bit lighter because of it.

The NHL has fined Thornton $2,820.52, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for his unsportsmanlike actions near the end of Game 5. That amount works out to be a half-day’s pay, in case you’re wondering how that amount came to be.

Thornton sprayed Subban with water with 47 seconds left in the third period, something Subban noted after the game. No penalty was assessed in the situation and Subban said he couldn’t see out of his visor during play because of Thornton’s actions.

The Bruins and Canadiens have been finding different ways to annoy each other during this series and this latest incident just gets thrown on the pile. At least a guy getting sprayed with water is better than a bench-clearing brawl or a dirty hit, right?

If you missed how it all went down, here’s video of the situation late from Game 5.

  1. the8man - May 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Looks like he actually did it. Can’t defend it. It’s a childish antic, but there may be a deeper story.

    Maybe we can all just focus on game 6 in Montreal. This series has more to write and all of it is better content than a water fight.

    Go Bs!

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      For another $2180 he could have speared him in the balls

      • 19to77 - May 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Unfortunately, he isn’t Corey Perry, or he’d be able to do that for free.

    • zacpz - May 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      It really is a sham that it came to this.

      Corey Perry did it to Jeff Carter. Carter takes it on the chin and the hockey world deems it sportsman banter if you were. Shawn Thornton does it to PK Subban. PK goes whining off to the refs and makes a huge deal out of it. The guys a massive talent, but in this series he’s been gutless, hitting/roughing players after the whistle and speeding back off to the bench. Thats Marchand levels of antics, just to balance the equation for the Bruins/Habs debate.

      Not sure if anyone saw but Lundqvist Did it to Crosby tonight after the whistle following a pile up in the crease. Depending on the outcome we can establish one of these.

      A) Hank gets fined: Its unnacceptable to squirt someone in the heat of the moment
      B) Hank gets discaplined but not as bad: Its ok to squirt someone as long as youve played the olympics with them
      C)Hank gets away: Cant show favouritism between the players that bring in money (Perry Carter Lundqvist Subban Crosby), but screw you non superstar if you even contemplate it.

      • sanclementeacupuncture - May 12, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        Yo dude or what ever a zapcz is. Corey Perry squirted water in Carters glove, not his face. Furthermore they are friends off the ice. I kinda doubt that punk Thorton hangs around with PK Subban. Anyone who can get away with whining in the playoffs WILL. Subban knows what color he is and is sure to use it to his advantage. Rightly so. Not everyone is classy. I feel it is bush league. But the refs are human and petrified to appear racist. Everyone loves to hate Perry except us Duck fans. Furthermore you guys on the East coast need to relax…the Cup is not going to ANY Eastern conference team this year and will probably end up here in Orange County.

      • zacpz - May 12, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        Yo sanclementeacupuncture.

        You may have a fair point on the Perry thing, but its still a double standard. I wouldn’t say that Thornton and PK would hang out off of the ice either. But if that’s your defining point then whats your remark on the Lundqvist Crosby thing? We all know they aren’t friends from the way they act toward eachother on the ice? Not everyone is classy. Not only ducks fans love Perry, I think he’s a fantastic player. And at no point did i bring this into the outcomes of the cup.

  2. patthehockeyfan - May 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Water appears to be the weapon of choice in the playoffs.

  3. sgs32 - May 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Unnecessary by Thornton, game was won, still what did PK want the official to do? Lame move to complain if you ask me

    • bethgoesglobal - May 11, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Players try to plead their cases to the officials All The Time. Anytime you can get your team a power play it’s going to be an advantage, so why wouldn’t you try to get him penalized?

  4. tapefolie - May 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    What a piece of dirt Thorncrap is, he needs to be out of the league.

    • pugsley927 - May 11, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      out of the league? idiot. (you, not ST)

    • davidmessina63 - May 11, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Out of the League? One kid got caught squirting another kid on the playground at recess. oooooooohhhh

    • bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      So shouldn’t Murray, Cooke, Ott, Scott, Perry, and, hmmmmm do I need to keep going? You would be amazed at what happens off camera. This is hockey, not curling. Get over it and let the boys play. If Subban did this to Thornton, no one would have heard about it as Thornton wouldn’t have cried to the media about it.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        For another $2180 he could have speared him in the balls !!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

      • sabatimus - May 11, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Heard you the first time, elmer.

      • bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Hey elmer, go cry with your fightless Flyers. Why do you post the same thing every time?

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      LOL no, warning and a fine is enough

  5. theskinsman - May 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Where can I send a donation,? that was even funnier than watching Subban dive all night long.

    • bethgoesglobal - May 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      It was kinda funny but definitely unsportsmanlike. It’s one thing to do that to a teammate when your just having a laugh, but to an opponent- pretty weak.

    • sabatimus - May 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Seriously. And I’d take a fine over a playoff bench minor any day!

  6. ironyisadeadscene - May 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Investigation in Montreal still pending

  7. patthehockeyfan - May 11, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    “That amount works out to be a half-day’s pay”

    Thornton earns $5,640 a day. Shouldn’t he have sprayed a more expensive water? Like Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani – $60,000 per 750 ml? Or at least Evian?

    • machosasquatcho - May 11, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      lol insightful commentary, blomfeld.

      I picture this site without you on it and I gotta say, I like what I see.

  8. arbruins - May 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Hey tape…don’t be a puss. It happens a lot. Have u ever laced up the skate or have u no other hockey experience other than what EA sports has provided you?

    Sub an should be happy it wasn’t a trucker bomb. That’s all the canadiens deserve lol…

    • bethgoesglobal - May 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      Sounds like you could be one of those ignorant, racist Bruins fans. I wasn’t at all surprised by those comments though. They did the same thing when Ward got the overtime goal for the Caps that ousted the Bruins (the defending Cup champs) in the first round a few years ago.

      * This is not to say that the Bruins are not a really strong team and don’t have a good chance at winning another one this year, because they do. *

    • bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      I have played hockey my whole life and this type of stuff happens all the time. I have been sprayed with water before. Only babies whine about it. I laugh in the face of who did it and get them on the next shift. I won’t whine and cry to the refs like a bi**ch. Love how everybody jumps on Boston for the spears and now this. Not a word was said when Perry speared in their series or his whole water treatment. Subban can jump Lucic against the boards last night and Lucic is supposed to do nothing in return. Thornton should have sprayed Flopik with water instead of punching him. Oh wait, the water probably would have knocked out good old “Glass Jaw” too! Goooooo B’s! One more win!

    • matt14gg - May 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      “…a trucker bomb…”????

      What does that even mean?

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      For another $2180 he could have speared him in the balls

      • mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Ok got it. Stop now.

    • c9castine - May 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      so you play hockey one legged? whats that like?

  9. live4hockey - May 11, 2014 at 11:42 AM


  10. sixchr - May 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Totally worth it.

  11. joeman26 - May 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    I’m will to bet anything Shawn got into a lot of trouble when he was young…….

  12. muckleflugga - May 11, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    that’s a lot of bananas

    • bmoreredfury311 - May 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      I see what you did there. Funny but wrong.

      • getadealdonealready - May 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        muck – I thought you were just an idiot, but it turns out you are a racist idiot, the worst kind

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Did ya really, did ya really see what he did there ,,,,,,,,,,,,your philthy krudkake trashbag

      • bmoreredfury311 - May 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        I know I’m just going to feed into whatever high you get from going bananas on PHT. (see what I did there)
        But Elbrown you need to chill. Yes is racism is wrong, but its part of life and until people learn tolerance its always going to be there.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        Did ya really ,did ya really see what he did there,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,you philthy krudkake trashbag

  13. hosewater2 - May 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Just remember, the only thing that separates Thornton, Bertuzzi, Orpik and Moore is simple blind luck in how a guy fell.

  14. joeman26 - May 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    BTW..I would ST on my team any day

  15. joeman26 - May 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM


  16. joeman26 - May 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    this spraying stuff (water) goes on all the time….and players get caught but wondering how many get fined

    • c9castine - May 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      i keep hearing people say that. goes on how? id like another example on a player getting squirted not only while he was playing, but while skating with the puck.

      this stuff goes on in junior, amateur, and highschool ranks i know personally.. i know about perry while play was not going on. which is a zero issue, obviously.

      if somebody can give me 3 examples of this other than that, let alone 1, id be a

  17. isphet71 - May 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    As a Wings fan, I am new to the Eastern Conference landscape. Have the Bruins always been such a clown show? It’s embarrassing. They are a great team; I have no idea why they would stoop to such stupid stuff.

    I hear Sean Avery is available.

    • shaundre93 - May 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      Maybe its because Subban ducked Thornton and nearly blew out his knee a couple days. Kills me that everyone’s acting like the habs are so innocent here. Should he have squirted him? No, but lets be real Subban earned it and it was harmless and he got punished appropriately. All this story is is another excuse for people to hate on the Bruins. Its a non story if it happens in another series (didn’t hear much uproar about Perry). The only clowning on the B’s part has been Lucics spears, which hopefully are a thing of the past

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        For another $2180 he could have speared him in the balls thats the Bruins going rate !

  18. pugsley927 - May 11, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    i’ll kick in $100 toward the fine for the comedic value alone. Go B’s

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      If you kick in another $2180 a bruin is a allowed to spear you in the balls

      • pugsley927 - May 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        i’ll get my checkbook.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      You already blew your tax refund loser

      • bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        How is mommy’s cellar today? Did you have your PB and J with the crust cut off yet? Did you do your chores? It’s past the point of funny that you keep repeating yourself. I guess I cant expect anything better out of Philly. Stay real, putz!

  19. muckleflugga - May 11, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    say, patthehockeyfan

    checkout this link … after referencing acqua di cristallo tributo a modigliani, it would be interesting to see if your web searches start popping-up with high-end cosmetics, or interest from the nsa

    i’m curious

    • machosasquatcho - May 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Nice work, blomfeld. you used one account to send a message to another account and then you forgot to reply.

      Remember: you are both muckleflugga AND patthehockeytwat. Do a better job at keeping up the charade, you hapless moron.

  20. muckleflugga - May 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    i think doing a whip-around to help offset shawn thornton’s losses is an excellent idea … kudos to bruins supporters for the novel idea and concern for shawn

    i’d recommend a couple of cases of this, after seeing thornton’s big league flinch at subban’s bluffing jab, i can’t imagine thornton didn’t let a little slip

  21. bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    You call that a flinch. A little jump before he stood up and challenged Subban. Big surprise here, Subban skates away with his tail between his legs. Subban would never step up against thornton or anyone for that matter.

  22. bmoreredfury311 - May 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    You want this crap to stop. Let them fight and settle it right there. Instead of these childish antics.

    • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      You think Subban would fight Thornton?

      • bmoreredfury311 - May 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        No probably not. I just notice they haven’t let anyone fight in the playoffs this year. I know that the league is trying to grandfather it out. But in my opinion if they let them drop the gloves (if the parties involved are willing) it probably stop this kinda of crap from happening. Settle it and get on with the game.

  23. Wineshard - May 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Perspective is everything. I can’t help but wonder what the Bs and Habs fans would be saying if Subban sprayed water at Thornton. Comical how immature this whole thing is – the event AND the commentary here.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      You’re on PHT, and you’re expecting mature comments? Now, THAT’s comical.

  24. nhronin - May 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Wow, now squirting water should lead to being booted from the league? Some of you clowns need to get a grip.

    Frankly, Subban is lucky it was just water and not Thornton’s fist. All night he ran his mouth and the Bruins showed great restraint. PK is totally frustrated that his usual antics aren’t drawing penalties.

    The kid is a greatly talented player and on any other team he’d be a top 10 in the league. Unfortunately in Montreal, he’s forced to play for the Canadien Dive Team and act like a clown.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      For another $2180 he could have speared him in the balls

      • mp1131211 - May 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Jesus Christ!! Ok ok ok!!

  25. muckleflugga - May 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM


    i’m not sure where you played, but i can’t recall anyone spraying an opponent at anytime, not out west where any slight is cause for a parking lot brawl

    it’s not unusual among team mates, after a game when snow from skates is also showered liberally on guys around the room, typically upon anyone taking stupid penalties

    noooo, i’ve seen a team mate wander into a hotel lobby, starkers, wearing nothing more than an elegant cigarette holder … a team mate take the wrong sheet of ice and play half a period for the wrong team … a team mate head out to a night’s bacchanal having forgotten his pants and being permitted by other team mates to continue unaware into the evening … an entire team, green, mistakingly assume the mini bars in their hotel rooms were free … the same team hiring a limo to head into town, get steered by a street where a lap-dancer jumped in, got them happy, then left with all their wallets … trust me, the list goes on and on

    but no play with water bottles

    innocent enough, but likely to make a perpetrator the butt of jokes for years to come

    • matt14gg - May 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      As usual, pretentious and irrelevant…”MF” do you wonder why people look at you funny, or just avoid you altogether?

    • bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      You make absolutely no sense.

    • dropthepuckeh - May 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Wow, you must be really experienced and knowledgeable to recall such glory days from your crazy past. I bet your wife and friends are as sick of hearing about it as all of us on here who read a few sentences of your lectures before tuning it out as the pseudo edgy spoken word you are so infamous for spitting up. You should write a book about your stories and why you understand hockey better than anyone else ever and why the West is the best and Canada is better than the US etc. Try not to say this stuff though when you are rolling through a truck stop on your drive from Calgary. There are quite a few characters in the States who won’t wait for your witty retort or befuddled excuse for why you deserve better. They will just hurt you and knock that cocky attitude right off your face if you are lucky. Not so much if they have a gun Cowboy.

  26. infectorman - May 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    hopefully next time he dumps the whole bottle on him…what a baby

  27. dboldave - May 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Prayers to Subban and his family. Hope he recovers quickly from this violent attack.

  28. jsunyjim - May 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Thornton is a goon with few skills.

    What’s new from this thug?

    Not surprising.

    Go “Mun-tree-all”!

  29. muckleflugga - May 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM


    no deary, i post to vex the easily vexed …

    a test really, seeking proof illiteracy in the united states of america, short of gun control, hunger and poverty generally, is its greatest burden

    nurtured and maintained by republicans in republican strongholds

    nothing draws the stupid into a swarm faster than a complex sentence or an idea beyond ken of those who’s primary means of stimulation is american commercial television, or video games, both the black hole of imagination

    buy a radio, listen to the cbc, buy a newspaper not featuring a page three beauty, become enlightened

    • sabatimus - May 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM


  30. shine94 - May 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    I’m sorry, but, I don’t see any water

  31. dolanster - May 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Subban was mouthing to the Bruins’ bench (which he’s done several times) and Thornton just told him to get lost, with a little water as an incentive. Subban is a quality player, no denying it, but he still needs to grow up. If the Bruins can get him rattled, all the better. If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying. This is war — time to win or golf.

  32. nicofthenorthstar - May 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Thornton is the definition of bush league.

    • Moop - May 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Subban is the definition of proper conduct on the ice.

  33. dlk75150 - May 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    This was so funny!

  34. drewsylvania - May 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    62 comments in 2 1/2 hours. Looks like a combination of LOL and Bruins haters!

  35. drewsylvania - May 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Thornton was just trying to wash the dirt off of Subban’s play.

  36. sabatimus - May 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Is there any way to ban a commenter for spamming the boards? elmerbrownelmerbrown has posted the same thing about “$2180” and “spearing in the balls” at least 5 times.

    • patthehockeyfan - May 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Elmer did something similar a while back on a “Jeff Carter returning to Philly” story. In a response to a original comment, he posted the same comment 7 times in a row, one right after another. We’ve got at least two more from him to go before he stops the ‘$2180 spearing’ comment. Maybe it’s Tourette’s syndrome.

      • govtminion - May 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        You say Tourette’s, I say ‘dropped on his head as an infant’. Who’s to say?

  37. numbcracker2109 - May 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    I can’t believe the amount of comments pertaining to a squirt of water. He got fined, he deserved a slap on the wrist, Subban is fine, can we move on now please?

    For the record, if Brendan Gallagher had done this to a Bruin I would have laughed, honest to god. That’s the difference between most hockey fans and fans from Montreal, you guys want him out of the league for this, but could care less if Cooke and Torres kill people as long as they’re not Canadiens. Lighten up.

    • steelcity333 - May 11, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      While I agree that it is not a big deal the fact is that he interfered with a Subban during play is an issue. If this happened after the whistle than it would be the same as face washing someone.

      • numbcracker2109 - May 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        Fine, a penalty was warranted. But like so many calls it was missed. Oh well

  38. pastabelly - May 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    It’s funny. Most of Canada hates Montreal, but now all of the Boston hating Americans love the Canadiens.

    If you haven’t figured out why the Bruins retaliate against the Canadian acting and diving team, then you’ll never understand the Boston side in this rivalry. PK is a class act off the ice. On the ice, despite his talent, he’s got some growing up to do. Shawn had a little $2,820.52 worth of fun with him.

  39. spitfisher - May 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Elmer has posted anything foolish read:stupid and irrelevant, for a few minutes, his older sister must have asked for her pink ipad back.

  40. terrier92 - May 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Thornton 2 shots on goal in 6:44 Even plus minus Vanek 1 shot minus 1 18:36 Canadians have other concerns than stray water bottle

  41. hockey412 - May 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Just a mild CTE episode. Happens.

  42. muckleflugga - May 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    dropthepuckeh and sabatimus

    it’s a good thing the likes of dropthepuckeh and sabatimus are in these boards … both representative of hockey fans that are just that, fans who without fail, claim right to speak with authority on behalf of the ‘everyone’ and the ‘nobody’ posting commentary

    but their kind present no evidence of real-world experience in the game of hockey, never having played … if they in fact played, they’ve managed to accrue little in the way a clue about the game of hockey, suggestive in and of itself just how thin hockey understanding is in the united states of america –at least as it’s represented by their kind on photo

    they are are typically possessed of little ability to relate their experiences in the game beyond that gleaned from an impoverished diet of hockey smarts, taken from the cupboards of edzo, mike and pierre … rich in fat and honey-dripping sugar, but groomed and dumbed-down to meet the lowest common denominator in a fan-base, evinced hourly by the one line wonders herein

    they are in fact, the equivalent of electronic-age book-burners … frightened of ideas and creative approach to thought, so they resort to name calling and personal abuse in absence of ability to deliver intelligent or thoughtful retort debating an original idea

    their behaviour presents as the hallmark of republican ideology [ we disagree with his idea so he must be a commie, be a douchebag, be an asshat, be a drunk, abuse drugs, be crazy or be mentally ill … republican americans should step-out of the fox evening news, and see how they are viewed inside and outside the united states or

    read deepak chopra

    what i’d like to see from dropthepuckeh, sabatimus and their kind, in advance of trashing any opposing view, is to speak to the article in hand, while enriching retort with their wise and worldly hockey understanding, won while playing actual hockey

    as for how rough and tough and dangerous americans are, one only needs a newspaper or the evenings news … there’s a really good reason americans invite terrorism to their shores … the shame is for we canadians, we are caught in the lunatic crossfire

    but don’t think you claim ownership on lunatics and madmen, we have our share of crazies in canada and alberta and calgary as well … we are unique in that we’ve yet to put them in our house of commons whereas americans elect war mongering lunatics every time they put a republican in the white house

    that aside, share a piece of your extensive hockey experience in these boards, tie it even loosely to subject at hand, and you’ll convince me anything i’ve said in the above is untrue

  43. sumkat - May 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    wow, 2800 smackers?

    That’s what, half a shift?

  44. arbruins - May 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Hey Matt, you’re kidding…right?

  45. davidmessina63 - May 12, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    How come this is such a big non story and Lundquist spraying Crosby with water is a total non story? Oh wait…I know…We are all cool with Crosby getting doused.

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