Shawn Thornton suspended 15 games
|12.14.13 at 2:17 pm ET|
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has been suspended 15 games by the NHL for attacking Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik in the first period of last Saturday’s game. The suspension is the longest regular-season punishment given to a player by head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
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After unsuccessfully trying to fight Orpik to avenge a hit that left Loui Eriksson concussed, Thornton slew-footed and punched Orpik twice during a stoppage of play, knocking the Boston College product out and forcing him from the game in a stretcher. Orpik suffered a concussion but resumed skating Friday.
With three games already served, Thornton will miss the next 12 and be eligible to return Jan. 11 against the Sharks in San Jose. He will forfeit $84,615.45 in salary over the course of the suspension.
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