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Shawn Thornton suspended 15 games
Posted By DJ Bean On December 14, 2013 @ 2:17 pm In General | 90 Comments
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.
Thornton gets 15 games. #TSN 
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.
It wasn’t the only suspension that came from the game, as Penguins forward James Neal was given five games for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head just prior to the Thornton/Orpik incident.
The suspension is the first of Thornton’s career and the first ban handed out to a Bruin this season. Thornton joins Marchand, Milan Lucic and Daniel Paille as current Bruins who have been suspended.
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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