Over the weekend, the NHL suspended Shawn Thornton 15 games for his incident with Brooks Orpik on December 7, 2013. In response for a hit from Brooks Orpik that sent Loui Eriksson home with a concussion, Thornton entered a scrum pulled Orpik to the ground and punched him twice in the head. Orpik had to be removed by a stretcher and suffered a concussion. For those who have not seen the incident, a video can be found here.
Many supporters of the Boston Bruins, including WEEI’s Mike Salk, have said that this move is “ridiculous” or “overkill” and considering the other incidents in the game, the suspension should be reduced. Words like ridiculous and overkill go too far and do not take the gravity of the situation into account. The suspension may be harsh, but in no way is it ridiculous. This was not a hockey play. This was, as NHL chief disciplinarian Brenden Shanahan said, “an act of retribution.” The NHL is trying to set a precedent for players who commit acts of violence, especially in cases such as these when the play is not a “hockey play.” Continue reading Shawn Thornton’s 15-Game Suspension: Punishment Fits the Crime »
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For the second straight game the Bruins were able to secure a victory while only outplaying their opponent for one 20 minute period. After narrowly escaping Calgary with a 2-1 victory, which they won in the third period with two goals, it was clear the Bruins weren’t playing their best hockey.
After winning in Toronto on Dec. 8 against a tough Leafs team it appeared as though the Bruins were ready to tear through their four game Canadian road trip. Unfortunately, a stomach bug started to run through the team, coupled with other injuries and a poor decision by Shawn Thornton, which left the team filling holes in a lot of key places. Continue reading Bruins Still Scraping By After Shawn Thornton Incident, Other Injuries »
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The Bruins got two points they didn’t really deserve on Tuesday when they beat a determined Calgary Flames squad. Despite trailing for the large majority of the game Boston was able to squeak out a win for the returning Jarome Iginla.
The first two periods of play were so poorly executed by the Bruins that the highlight of the first 40 minutes of play was the introduction of Iginla prior to the start of the game. This was the first time he had returned to Calgary since his trade to Pittsburgh last season. In the offseason he signed with the Bruins. Calgary fans saluted their longest tenured captain with a standing ovation. Iginla was clearly appreciative as he couldn’t wipe the smile from his face. Continue reading Bruins Get Fortunate Win in Jarome Iginla’s Return to Calgary »
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The season is already 10 weeks old, but it remains difficult for any team to make a run. In fact, many teams are out of the picture but remain very close, especially in the East. A few more injuries are rearing their heads around the league as well, threatening to turn everything upside down. A lot’s going on in an Olympics season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, December 11, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 10 »
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The Boston Bruins were handed a pretty big blow by the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night when they lost 2-1. Not only did they lose the game, but they also coughed up the division lead to Montreal and lost one of their key defenseman during the course of action.
Coming into Thursday’s contest the Bruins were on a two-game win streak and held a one point lead over the Canadiens for the lead in the Atlantic Division. Montreal was riding an eight-game unbeaten streak that had carried them to second in the division. Thursday night would be the first time the two Original Six teams and long time division foes would square off this season. Continue reading Bruins Lose Much More than Game Against Canadiens »
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The Boston Bruins are doing what they can to get healthy before their extended layoff ends on Thursday night. The team has four days in between games which is their longest inactive stretch thus far this season.
After playing eight games in 13 days including two back-to-backs the extended rest is much needed and well deserved. The last few games have been especially tough as the Bruins have been thin at the blue line while Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid both nursed lower body injuries. The team was able to survive by bringing up Kevan Miller from Providence who played well for a guy seeing his first NHL action. Continue reading Bruins Catching Up On Much-Needed Rest »
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Teams are starting to approach 30 games played, but no team has firmly separated themselves from all others. The Metropolitan Division still has several teams fighting for position. Other than Vancouver, the Western Conference is starting to figure out which of its eight teams will play past 82 games. Seeding everywhere is still very much up for grabs, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, November 4, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 9 »
Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, NHL Playoffs, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals