Bruins' Shawn Thornton suspended 15 games for attack on Orpik

Orpik attacked during play stoppage

Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton has been suspended 15 games for his attack on Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik.

Thornton hasn't played since last Saturday when he was assessed a match penalty during Boston's 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.

Thornton went after Orpik during a stoppage in play, slew-footing him to the ice and punching him twice in the head.

Orpik suffered a concussion and was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to the hospital.

"I can't say I'm sorry enough,'' a repentant Thornton said after the game.

Orpik is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms and took part in a light skating session for the first time Friday.

Orpik had knocked Boston's Loui Eriksson out of the game earlier with a hit that went unpenalized. The Penguins blue-liner subsequently declined to fight Thornton.

Pens forward James Neal was suspended for five games earlier this week for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head during the same game.

Thornton, a first-time offender, has already missed games against Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.

The 36-year-old from Oshawa, Ont., has three goals and 41 penalty minutes in 27 games this season.

 

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  1. Z1000rider posted on 12/14/2013 06:51 PM
    I am really getting sick of how dirty the Bruins play. Thornton deserves the season for something like that and the coach needs a suspension also.
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