Re: Why Thornton was right.
posted at 12/7/2013 11:19 PM EST
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to AFNAV130's comment:
Games and society today need more events like this. I'm dead serious too. To often people do things without any repercussion. Especially in hockey. Scott got what? 10 games for concussing Louie? Really? That vicious of a hit. Then Orpik levels him with a shot to the head and nothing? No game? Guy just had a concussion and you hit him like that? Then be a big p***y and decline to fight? Big man can make the big hit, then run away? Then you have Neal on Marchand. Whatever, I saw it and good on Thornton. You want to run around, put massive hits on people and then not back it up? Fine. You'll get the message soon enough. Not like it came out of nowhere. Maybe Orpik will remember that next time he wants to do something like that. And guess what, the door goes both ways. I'd want to see the same to happen to a Bruin if he did what Orpik did.
1. Scott's hit on Eriksson was late and a clear shot to the head. I had to watch this play on the big screen in slow motion before I realized that there was head contact. Also, Scott's suspension didn't come immediately. It happened later. I'm not sure why you even bring this up.
2. That he's just back from a concussion isn't relevant. Guys can't be expected to play softer or differently based on an opponent's injury history.
3. I agree that Orpik should have fought when challenged, but why didn't he start punching then? Why did he wait to slew foot him and crank him while he's down on his back?
4. Neal on Marchand isn't relevant.
5. Yes, players should be able to throw big checks without having to fight. That players answer checks with fists is dumb.
6. Do you want to see Antoine Roussel chase down Paille, slew foot him to the ice and knock him out? Paille's elbow against Unnamed Dallas Rookie was a heck of a lot worse than Orpik's hit on Eriksson.
what are you talking about with Paille? i hope you're not talking about the hit years ago that was entirely clean until that very season when they changed some rules and even then it was still defensible. plus the fact that Paille is among the cleanest, most hard-nosed hockey players in the game.
and as for #4, these are two teams battling with individual players who take it as their job to defend their teammates. at a certain point it becomes a question of who's on the ice at a given time. the neal knee to marchand's head needed a response and since neal runs to the bench whenever he makes a dirty play, he left it to orpik to fight his battle.
neal should have been destroyed later in that game and it's a shame he wasn't. it's also a shame that orpik apparently got hurt, although he did fly with the team which means that it wasn't as serious as it first appeared.
in thornton's case, the injury seemed worse than the incident, whereas with marchand, the incident was worse than the injury. we'll see if that's still the case in a few days.