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Thornton on Subban squirt: ‘I got caught up in the moment’

May 11, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

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Never before has a squirt or two of water from a bottle gotten so much attention and for that, Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton is sorry.

Thornton was fined $2,820.52 for squirting Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban late in Boston’s Game 5 win against Montreal.

While talk of the Bruins’ dominating win should’ve been the buzz the day after, it was Thornton’s skills with a water bottle that got all the attention as’s Joe Haggerty shares.

I obviously got caught up in the moment,” Thornton said. “The fine . . . I’ll pay the fine. I obviously agree with what the league does there. I’ll pay the fine and move on. I’m sorry that the silly incident kind of overshadowed how my teammates played, and the great win, and how good this series has been. There are definitely more important things that we should be focusing on. I got caught up in the moment, and I probably shouldn’t have done that. I’ll move on and get ready for Game 6.”

Bruins coach Claude Julien is usually the first guy to back up his players in tough situations, but he said, “I don’t think I can support Shawn on these actions.”

Seeing an incident like this take on a life of its own is all part of the fun when it comes to the Bruins and Canadiens. Here’s to hoping both teams can put the bottles away in Game 6.

  1. patthehockeyfan - May 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    “I probably shouldn’t have done that”

    Anyone wonder if the league had fined him a full-day’s pay, he would have dropped the word ‘probably’ in that sentence?

    Thornton was caught up in the moment and did something silly. Costly and silly. Much ado about nothing here.

    • dudermcrbohan - May 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Much ado about nothing here.

      Lets talk more about his use of the word ‘probably’

  2. peed1 - May 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Hockey is the best sport. Up by two goals, what the hell. Better than bunch of idiot NY Jets coaches lining up on sidelines to block a punt gunner. Laugh and get em next game. Awesome

  3. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Does he always prematurely squirt when he gets caught up in the moment ?

    • stixzidinia - May 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      I think he’s more of a catcher than a pitcher.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        I wonder if he squirted everytime he caught a JOHN SCOTT right hand he certainly was a catcher in that one ahahahahahahaha !

    • dropthepuckeh - May 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      At least he had the cojones to fight Scott so someone else on the team did not, something you would never understand behind your keyboard sniffing glue Elmer.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - May 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Oh that’s funny lol

  4. bigoldorcafromvan - May 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Turn the Table. What would have happened if PK Suban squirted Thorton?.. Bet Thorton would have come unglued like he usually does.

  5. bleedrangerblue - May 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Once a goon always a goon.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - May 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM


    • bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Looking in the mirror again huh? Worry about your babies tonight as they WILL get spanked. Cindy doesn’t need to get squirted, he has tears running down his face after every play!

    • dropthepuckeh - May 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      A scumbag is someone like Neal, Letang, Orpik or Cooke. All products of the cheap shot and run Penguins. Surely you think your team could handle a water fight ror are you afraid that would be too tough for them too?

      • stixzidinia - May 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        And it turns out that ALL those guys have better numbers than Thornton does. Wanna know who else has better numbers? Bob Probert. Seriously. Try that on for size. Bob Probert had more value as an actual hockey player than Shawn Thornton.

      • Moop - May 11, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        What does any of their numbers have to do with whether or not they’re a scumbag? Thornton’s a fourth liner and enforcer; no kidding most other players will have better numbers than him. Whether or not you produce doesn’t change whether or not you’re a cheap or dirty player. Thornton has good talent for an aging enforcer and isn’t a liability to have on the ice, like John Scott.

        Bob Probert has absolutely nothing to do with the conversation at hand.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - May 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      That’s right I forgot, the Boston Bruins are all angels and that what they do is never wrong. Shall we take a spin on the Wheel of Excuses?

      • steelcity333 - May 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        I know. Spearing and sucker punching people isn’t dirty at all. The Bruins should win the Lady Byng Trophy as a whole.

      • bmoreredfury311 - May 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        Just like your hens.

      • drewzducks - May 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        …says a fan of the team who actually had Matt Cooke nominated for the Masterson…what a joke.

      • glenno08 - May 11, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        I cannot wait for the B’s to play the frauds from Pitt & it could be a very big if, get by the Rangers.

  7. AppealToReason - May 11, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    The “model” player of honesty and proper gamesmanship.

  8. dropthepuckeh - May 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Are people really upset about him squirting water at PK? This kind of crap happens all the time and this could not be less offensive. All you righteous Bruins haters love to get yourselves lathered up whenever a writer on here points out something the Bruins do and like the little lemmings that you are you fall for the cheese every time. If you are so concerned with the respect part of the game how come you don’t take such offense to Eller and PK and Gallagher going down like they’ve been shot whenever they get touched? Aren’t you more concerned about the integrity of the game when you have these players deliberately deceiving the refs, each other and the crowd in an effort to have an advantage which is not earned? Haven’t you heard of the kid who cried wolf? What will happen when one of these guys actually is really hurt and nobody comes to their aid because everyone on both teams assumes they are faking it like usual? I guess they will deserve what they get?

    It’s squirting water people. When it happens in a western series game it is laughed at as petty gamesmanship but god forbid a big bad Bruin does it and all the hockey nerds get up in arms. Relax folks, I guarantee PK and Thornton will laugh about this after the series. You kids are way too sensitive.

    • kaptaanamerica - May 11, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Bruins are bullies and scum.their reputation for cheap shots, dirty play is well earned.

      • machosasquatcho - May 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        You’d know scum, wouldn’t you, blomfeld?

      • kaptaanamerica - May 12, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        I guess there are some bruins fans who don’t want to admit the truth. The Bruins are the one team that tries to claim the high ground claiming to play cleanly on the edge, but cross the line with a regular frequency that makes them the worst offenders in the league for dirty play.

  9. homegrowntalentmn - May 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Whats with the 52 cents… hahaha

  10. hockey412 - May 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM


  11. terrier92 - May 11, 2014 at 6:17 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

  12. harrisonhits2 - May 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    When I was growing up the only reaction to this would have been people laughing at what a stupid and silly thing it was to do.

    Unfortunately we’ve become a country of spineless crybabies and attorneys. Every tiny little infraction is blown up as some massive cheat or violation. Sad what a bunch of whiners the US has become.

    • numbcracker2109 - May 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Hockey used to be fun, and this kind of thing would’ve been laughed off 15 years ago. Oh well.


  13. muckleflugga - May 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    the real issue is the big bad bruins have proven what everyone in the west always knew …

    bruins are a fraud, and are not as big and bad as neanderthals including lucic, marchand and thornton like to represent … it’s a shame bruins fan-base are so easily gratified, understandable all the same

    the fact of the matter is, bruins have proven to be the whining and diving cheats the canucks fan-base claimed them to be three years ago, unheard because of the shrill and bleating tub-thumping toughness coming out of boston since … all show no throw

    rather than throw down, bruins shake gloves and glare like lunatics, then retreat to the bench where it gets like seriously heavy dude, kay …?

    lucic couldn’t drag his hump to the bench quick enough after being bag-slapped by subban … hell, subban got right in their faces on the bench several times … where was lucic’s answer … and thornton, squirting a water bottle before pissing his pants when subban closed-in lmao

    talk about shaming a fan base

    hockey enforcers the world-over were all-a-tremble … bob probert did a double back flip in the nether world as did boogaard, real heavies, real men, not inclined to do their fighting in the media, after the game, safely out of reach

    no sireeee bob, bruins don’t actually rate, off the radar season long but on the radar in the present because bruin-baiting has displaced canucks-baiting from 2011

    it’s almost too easy, making sport of the chronically stupid

    but fun all the same

    • bakedbees - May 11, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      UR A Complete tool! Proven nightly…

    • dropthepuckeh - May 11, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Right, how’s that team up in Calgary doing? Or do you just claim the entire western conference for your arguments lest you be forced to actually defend your critiques with an example from a specific team. it is funny to see muckle descend into the game of name calling and “I played hockey longer than you” piss contests when not long ago he was espousing that he was above all of that and all of us. If you question whether Lucic or half of the Bruins would drop the gloves then you either aren’t watching, aren’t half as knowledgable as you proclaim or you are just being a d*nk because you like the attention. Most people are smart enough not to go with Lucic. Sure the goons will go but what kind of trade is that. Even Muckle knows Subban would never go with Lucic, preseason thru post. Would never happen. Subban could barely fight Marchand. Also, I though muckleF was against fighting – why the sudden burst of violence and anger. Sounds like we are getting to him….

  14. pastabelly - May 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Yup, this proves the Bruins are evil. LMAO

    The league and that off the charts fine prove that out.

    You Pittsburgh fans should just worry about the big choke.

    • 6superbowls - May 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      You mean like two goals in 17 seconds??? Tell us how it feels?

      • bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        You mean like when the top seed in the east last year choked and got held to 2 goals in a 4 game sweep? Rather make it to the cup than get spanked by a bunch of “goons” as you refer to Boston as in the ECF’s. Putting MAF in the cage is like putting a screen door on a submarine. Good luck in New York!

  15. jacques05 - May 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Ok everyone remembers when they came back in game two? Ok you do! Well what if pk jazzed water on Chara boychick Krug beaker from Sesame Street and UFC miller? You would hear about it for years to come how pk ruined the game for them!!!! Lucic harpoons people and marchand clearly holds and cross checks people on the daily! Iginla is a has Ben and Claude looks like he is constantly holding in a shart! Your fan base can’t see that your cooked, always blame first and have an excuse later! Bunch of goons period! 2.5 left in the game 4th line and a fight off the face off! Goons with no real skill except Bergeron and smith lets hear it

    • drewzducks - May 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      That “has Ben” had no problem beating your sieve 5-hole last night. Where has poor Maxi “Ben” all series? Too busy watching his back in fear of getting run into the boards again? He could just duck like P.K. I won’t even start on the clueless expressions behind that smarmy face of Mike Therrien. What a complete dolt, clearly outclassed and out coached by the superior Claude. As far as the rough stuff at the end of game 3, this is playoff hockey, though as a fan of the softest team in the sport whose favorite position is to “been dover” for their opponent, i’m not surprised by your sensitivities.

  16. oneil1234 - May 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Muckle, do you honestly believe the crap that comes out if your mouth? If you do I feel sorry for you, maybe you should ask someone to put you out of your misery. Death by water seems to work. It’s not Boston’s fault they’re hockey players are men and don’t dive and skate away everytime something happens. Montreal fans are just butt hurt that all their players are weak And the refs aren’t buying their $hit.

  17. tapefolie - May 11, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    This guy is a piece of white trash

  18. muckleflugga - May 11, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    oneil1234 and dropthepuckeh

    i think you’re being a bit generous in calling all the bruins men … has iginla pried marchand’s tongue out of his throat, yet …?

    don cherry, bruins hack and promoter since the seventies, has a thing for swapping fluids with hockey players himself, typically on national tv … you can take the boy out of boston but not boston out of the boy it would seem

    as for the west, i’m referring to everything about hockey from manitoba to the rocky mountains including northern british columbia perhaps … different breed of cat, different breed of hockey … spear a guy in the nuts the benches empty, and even then a perpetrator will likely need an escort out of the parking lot

    do it playing on a reserve, get a police escort … trust me, i know

    commentary in these boards is not about length of time playing, but simply playing rather than watching … not to say those who watch don’t know hockey, but their opinions will not have the same frame of reference an actual player brings … i’ve had many a good laugh and learned things about players and teams from people on pht who wouldn’t know how to climb into a jock

    when i go to flames games, painful enough for a red wings fan, i find myself surprised to realize how much more i know about the current nhl and teams and players than others i hear talking hockey talk … primarily because of these boards

    the tsn blogs, where one might expect good hockey chatter, turned into a wasteland of inane and juvenile banter … these boards approach that state at times

    but hockey naïveté is only exaggerated in any blog by those who refuse to debate hockey or talk hockey trash-talk, cherished institutions both where i come from … they prefer rather, to wallow in the he said she said he said pollution found in blogs everywhere

    the worst are those who use internet shorthand to dismiss discussion … nobody, absolutely nobody, betrays their own stupidity than those who use catchy phrases like too long didn’t read, or employ inane name calling

    imagine, publicly declaring one’s stupidity

    i happily accept criticism from fellows herein, and will deliver abuse in kind if invited … throw down and i’ll throw down if i notice or if i’m bored … but please, don’t take anything personally, because i certainly do not … how can anyone be offended by people one does not know

    recognize when the wind is being put up your kilt, and i’ll try to do the same

    • kaptaanamerica - May 12, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      “as for the west, i’m referring to everything about hockey from manitoba to the rocky mountains including northern british columbia perhaps … different breed of cat, different breed of hockey … spear a guy in the nuts the benches empty, and even then a perpetrator will likely need an escort out of the parking lot”

      You haven’t spent much time in B.C. from that comment. You’d clear the bench anywhere in the interior or on the island with that kind of crap. Not sure about the GVRD but everywhere else, yeah. you would be looking for a world of hurt.

  19. muckleflugga - May 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM


    i’ll defer to your wisdom on the matter of bc … it wasn’t my intention to dismiss bc generally, as i was making reference to personal experience

    i’ve played in tournaments in cranbrook, kamloops and prince george … cranbrook was a friendly, and involved golf, this at easter … kamloops and prince george involved balls-to-the-walls hockey, but clean and hard hitting …

    in prince george, several of us picked-up with a gang from a reserve in the area, this to help fill out their roster … tough bunch, and they had a guy who could back up entire teams just skating at them … they won in their bracket, and nobody messed with their goodies

    hockey at that level, typically involves people committed to the game, even after missing out on chances to do something professionally … there is an understanding among these types, and hard play is cherished while remembering everyone had jobs to get to after the hockey was over

    i once played with four guys who moved to victoria and sooke, and all three had a really hard time finding ice because there isn’t much to be had … ice available was full of cliques, had too many players, and wasn’t the best of hockey, though i’m sure better players had ice somewhere … that ice is the hardest to crack, anywhere

    in my experience, stick-happy types who spear or go after hands, get run-out soon enough … they never see the puck, and when they do, they draw serious heat

    i never saw the johnny laws come to clean-up hockey brawls outside of toronto and montréal … every brawl actually involved french teams going at eachother, carrying age-old grudges in from their own league play

    all stickwork, and cross-checking from behind …

    no respect, but great to watch the following carnage

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