The Pittsburgh Penguins were involved in yet another ugly incident last night, resulting in brawls, attacks and ugliness against the Boston Bruins. As someone who didn't really enjoy this the last time around a few years back with the New York Islanders, this violence is really growing old.
If you want to see the video, you can click here, I'm not even going to embed the youtube because it's just disgusting and frankly I'm over the senselessness of when hockey devolves into uncontrollable and ridiculous violence.
If Shawn Thornton wants to be a tough guy, he should join UFC or become a regular boxer where he can punch people in the head all that he wants. And, you know what, the same goes for James Neal, whose knee to the head of Brad Marchand sparked it all.
After the game, Thornton was very apologetic for sending Brooks Orpik to the hospital saying: "It's always my job, I guess, to defend my teammates, but I've prided myself for a long time to stay within the lines. It's hard for me to talk about it right now. I can't say I'm sorry enough. I'm sure I'll be criticized for saying it. It's true. I hope he's doing all right."
The "defending my teammates" excuse presumably comes from the fact that Orpik took out Boston forward Loui Eriksson in the game's opening seconds on a bodycheck. A clean bodycheck in a contact sport, by the way.
If my disgust isn't ringing through the internet, then let it be. Neal will face a phone call hearing with the NHL, so he'll get a suspension of 5 games or less. Even though he's a very important player, he deserves to sit and really I wouldn't have a problem if it was for even longer than 5 games. There's no room in the game for what he did, but he did it so it needs to be addressed and dealt with.
As for Thornton, he's a 4th line player known for his fighting that wouldn't even be in the league if it wasn't for fisticuffs (even if he's not a true enforcer type that can't play the game a lick). Semantics aside, there's absolutely no room in the game of hockey for what Thornton did, and his mea culpa aside, he needs to be gone for a long time.
We'll see how the NHL handles it, but to be certain we're not even going to mess around in this comment section. There was nastiness between Islander and Penguin fans the last time these types of incidents happened, and that's not going to be tolerated here. Strict policy of getting banned for first-time offenders for offering any ignorant, hateful, slanderous, inciting or otherwise dumbass comments for non-regular commenters to this blog. There's a place for that shit and it's not going to be here, because it's devolved enough.