i will be very schocked and disappointed as a hockey fan if he doesn’t get 20-25 games this cowardly gutless act by thornton is no different than what bertuzzi did!
This may be picking hairs, but the fact Thorton attacked Orpik during a scrum after the whistle rather than during play makes it slightly different. Still both gutless acts, but Orpik had a bit more of a chance to defend himself, and could (should?) have expected someone to at least challenge him. Not excusing Thornton, but Bertuzzi was next level disgusting.
Moore had it coming. Imagine how his late elbow to the head on Naslund would look in today’s NHL. Had the league suspended Moore the Bertuzzi incident wouldn’t have happened (Moore did drop the gloves twice already in that point during that game).
Colorado also could have did Moore a favor and scratched or benched him when it was clear Vancouver was hell bent on killing him.
i disagree what thornton did was gutless and cowardly he should’ve let the refs take care of orpik and evened the score the next game but he didn’t he let things get out of control ..it’s the same thing as the bertuzzi incident imo
mapleleafsfan what did you think of the neal knee to the head of marchand?
leafmesiter too…what did you think of neal knee to the head of marchand?
It’s tough to say with Neal’s hit on Marchand, he had plenty of time to avoid kneeing him in the head, but who really knows. I believe there is a history between those two, didn’t Marchand hit Neal from behind once?
I agree lafleur, that Thornton play was almost similar to the Bertuzzi incident. One of the dirtiest plays I’ve seen in a long time. Goes against the rulebook, the code just everything. Orpik had no chance to defend himself there, he was pulled down from behind. It’s an embarrassing play for hockey. I actually liked the Orpik hit on Eriksson, a little early, but other than that it was a perfect hit. Scott Stevens-esque.
Gambo i agree i think the orpik hit on eriksson was clean maybe a bit early but clean none the less,yes there is a history between macharnd and neal,marchand cross checked him in the back last year in the playoffs…marchand is a cheapshott artist and the most cowardly player in the league i’ve seen him time after time give cheapshot and dirty hits to guys and when a tought guy on the other team confronts him he runss like a typical coward i’m not condoning what neal did …but i think marchand got what was coming to him and got what he deserved
Not even comparable to what Thornton did to Orpik, despite what some Bruins fans may say. I’d say that was at least 60% an accident. He could have made more of an effort to move his knee, but can’t be compared to what constitutes outright assault. Careless play, worthy of fine and a short suspension, but not nearly the same as Thornton/Orpik.
Either way, I hope Marchand is okay…eventually (please not tonight)
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