That was just horrifying. Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton jumps off the bench, leaps on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, throws him to the ice and starts punching him in the head with Orpik lying on the ice. This comes after the Pens’ James Neal kneed Boston’s Brad Marchand in the head while Marchand was lying on the ice. The whole thing was just beyond despicable.
But pretty straight-ahead. It’s all so wrong. There’s no place for this crap in hockey and the league should come down hard on Neal and Thornton. Clear-cut right?
Well not to Hockey Night in Canada analyst P.J. Stock. He comes on the After 40 Minutes segment and in a confusing way seems to suggest the whole thing is somehow due to the fact that Orpik didn’t drop his gloves in the first period when Thornton asked him to fight, following a hard Orpik hit on the Bruins’ Loui Eriksson.
My thought on Stock’s comments? Did he really just say that on our public broadcaster? Watch the video of Thornton attacking Orpik and then just imagine trying to even suggest there is some justification for that kind of violence.