Benjo wrote:I doubt that was an accident by Neal given the way he positioned his knee and put his weight on it. That being said I won't shed a tear for Marchand.
Yeah, it's karma for Marchand for sure but Neal is not known for cheap shots like that. It could go either way at the discipline meeting for Neal but if intent and outcome is the measure then what Thornton did was horrendous....it was premeditated on a helpless player. The guy is a thug in every shape and form.
Here's another question...was Thornton on the ice during the play or did he come off the bench after the whistle? Sure looked like he did and came right across the ice directly after Orpik. Not sure how that will play out. A coach can't be throwing out a goon during a melee under the guise of a "line change".
Watching the between periods analysis, so called, of the whole thing by the Bruins 'pravda' commentators was sickening. There is not a more holier than thou organization than this bunch, from Jack 'compare matt cooke to a kennedy assassin' Edwards to Claude 'everyone else is stupid but us' Julien. One Bruins mouthpiece could only go as far as to say Thornton has to "hold back there"...that's it. Most of the commentary was about if Orpik had fought Thornton earlier none of this would have happened. Thornton should get 20 minimum, but they get away with everything, so I expect it'll be 10. It has to be at least 10 or even people I know who are Bruins fans, many of them, would admit it's a scam.
If a Penguin had done to a Bruin what Thornton did to Orpik that would be screaming and wailing throughout Bruin country. They're soft pedalling as much as they can...hope Orpik is okay, about it.
Thornton should get 20+. That was gross. Thornton came from behind and slew footed Orpik, who had no idea it was coming. Reminded me of Bertuzzi/Moore. Clearly Orpik had no interest in going toe to toe with the goon. Who could blame him? Why is it that some think guys like Orpik have some sort of obligation to fight after a clean hit the other team is upset about?
Honestly though, I couldn't be happier this bad karma is befalling the Bruins. Fuck 'em.
I find it more sickening how the Bruins are the 2nd favorite hockey team after the Leafs of the CBC's HNIC crew. The bruins are the dirtiest team in the nhl, and the refs and media seemingly always give them the benefit of a doubt every time.
Would you ever see Ron MacLean spend an entire segment disgracing a Bruin the way he did with Burrows?
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