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Report: NHL suspends Thornton 15 games for Orpik attack
Dec 14, 2013, 2:07 PM EST
After a week long wait and an in-person hearing, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan has decided to hand Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton a 15-game suspension for knocking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik to the ice and punching him in the head during Bostonís 3-2 win on Dec. 7, according to TSNís Darren Dreger.
Thornton was pulled off of Orpik and handed a match penalty while Orpik was taken off the ice on a stretcher. Orpik suffered a concussion and didnít skate again until Friday.
Before that incident, Orpik delivered an open-ice hit on Loui Eriksson. The Boston Bruins forward suffered his second concussion in as many months as a result.
Thorntonís suspension is the second longest of the Shanahan-era, behind only Raffi Torres. This is also the biggest punishment heís given for a regular season incident. He will be eligible to return for Bostonís game against San Jose on Jan. 11.
Weíll include the NHLís video explanation once itís available
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