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NEW YORK (Dec. 24, 2013) – Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the 15-game suspension that was assessed to Boston Bruin sforward Shawn Thornton by the Department of Player Safety for punching and injuring an unsuspecting opponent,Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in NHL Game No. 438 at Boston on Dec. 7.
Commissioner Bettman heard Thornton's appeal at a hearing in New York on Friday, Dec. 20. The original decision was assessed Dec. 14.
The incident occurred at 11:06 of the first period. Thornton was assessed a match penalty for violating NHL Rule 46.15.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Thornton will forfeit $84,615.45. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
View Bettman's ruling here...
The next tweet from Bob McKenzie...
If, after receiving Bettman's judgment and narrative, Thornton wants to appeal that, he can go to independent arbitrator.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
There is no question that Reilly Smith was guilty of charging when he crashed into Roberto Luongo after the puck entered the net. The goal would stand since the puck crossed the line prior to the infraction but a minor penalty should have been assessed to Smith.
Let me attempt to explain why the referee might not have reacted to the contact on Luongo and therefore did not call a penalty. From the ref's position (behind the goal line, on the same side of the net that Smith approached 'Lou') the referee was focused on multiple elements of this bang-bang play.
First, there was potential for a penalty shot to be called if a foul from behind had resulted once Christopher Tanev gave chase from his opposite-side defensive position. Tanev attacked from a back-side angle and made stick-to-stick contact with Smith just as the shot was being taken from outside the goal crease. Tanev then slid behind Smith making very light physical contact with the back of the Bruin player.
continued and watch the goal below...
To answer my own question, I think it was a good no-call.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The Vancouver native called the incident “an unprovoked attack” and said that he’s following up on with the authorities in his hometown. He also expressed exasperation at the treatment he’s received there over the last few years.
He said he was struck once inside a nightclub, and then outside a nightclub when “he was trying to get food.”
The only “no comment” he gave was when he was asked whether the assailant said anything about him being a member of the Bruins before striking him, but otherwise the B’s power forward was as candid as always.
“I was part of an unprovoked attack on Saturday night where I was punched in the face on two separate occasions," said Lucic, who explained that he did not know his attacker. "There was no reason for him to punch me. From this point forward we’re exploring this in a legal manner. That’s as much as I can say about it right now.
“It sucks to be in that situation, but you’ve got to take ownership of it and that it happened because you were in that situation. We came off a good road trip, and wanted to go out and blow off some steam . . . have a little fun. Unfortunately it ended the way it did, and hopefully it’s not a distraction to the team any further after today.”
via CTV British Columbia,
A video has surfaced of Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic apparently involved in a scuffle outside of a downtown Vancouver nightclub.
In the video (warning: foul language), which was reportedly filmed Saturday, Lucic and another man exchange words in front of Vancouver police, who had arrived on scene.
“You know who you’re f**ing with mother f**er?” Lucic asks the other man. “I’ll f**ing kill you.”
“He hit me three times,” the power forward tells the officer on scene. No fighting can actually be seen in the video.
Another man in the background pipes up, yelling “Milan Lucic is beyond good right now!”
Watch the video below and note, f-bombs being tossed left and right...
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
It’s a severe sentence for Thornton, a first-time offender who compiled nearly 900 PIMs without incident as an NHL enforcer. He has a well-deserved reputation of being clean and honorable, and had never crossed the line to hurt a fellow player. Still, a harsh penalty is justified on nearly every level given his regrettable actions, though the NHL got it right by coming in under the 20-game suspension mark that defines despicable acts from guys like Marty McSorley and Todd Bertuzzi.
However, the decision to throw the book at an honest, respectable enforcer like Thornton could also be setting a dangerous precedent.
The suspension covers the league in the wake of anti-fighting sentiments with a growing number of lawsuits on the horizon, and it placates the non-hockey crowd that can’t begin to understand the sometimes violent code of honor that’s always existed in hockey. It’s a delicate balance between predator and enforcer that’s always kept both NHL species in check.
But now the scales seem to be starting to tip more toward the hyena than the lion.
Thornton’s suspension sends the message to players like Orpik that it’s okay to target skill players around the NHL with a “human missile” hit like the one the Pittsburgh defenseman was intent on delivering last weekend to Loui Eriksson, which is what prompted Thornton's response.
from the CP at TSN,
Bruins pest Brad Marchand drew the ire of the Canucks when he mocked the Canucks' bench by pretending to kiss a ring on his finger and lifting an imaginary Stanley Cup in the third period.
"It shows what kind of guy he is," said Henrik Sedin. "He is a great player, it's too bad he is acting like he does but that is the way it is."
Julien said he didn't see the exchange, but added that the team expects better of Marchand.
"Sometimes his emotions get the better of him," said Julien. "We work with him and we are going to continue to work with him."
more on the game...
Watch the video below which includes a face-wash of Marchand by Kesler, and the cup raising...
“Higher than I expected and higher than I think is warranted."
“We’ve had our fair share of players hurt badly by concussions, I don’t think anyone’s gotten a 15-game suspension out of those. Thornton is a guy who plays the role he plays and has never had any suspensions or issues. It comes down a little harsh for me.”
-Cam Neely, President of the Boston Bruins on the Shawn Thornton suspension, via CSNNE.
More coming when it is available.
added 4:03pm, Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension below...
By all reports, Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk made some great saves in the 1st period last night against the Boston Bruins, but this was not one of them.
He faced 18 shots, gave up 3 goals in the opening frame and was replaced by Jason Labarbera in the 2nd period.
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