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Bruins' Johnny Boychuk out up to a week with sprained back

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04:17 PM ET 12.07 | There was a scary scene on the ice Thursday, when Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk took a big hit and was forced to leave the ice on a stretcher during the team's game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. However, now there is some good news. While it initially looked like Boychuk could miss significant time, it is being reported that he could only miss up to a week with a sprained back.

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December 7, 2013  09:56 PM ET

Good news. Hope the same for Orpik; while deserving of some response, Thornton punching him once he was down was over the line, and out of character for Thornton.

December 7, 2013  10:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Thornton punching him once he was down was over the line, and out of character for Thornton.

Agreed, looked bad, ya have to think Thornton regrets the last two.

December 7, 2013  10:42 PM ET

I think Boychick may have sprained a mammary gland...

December 8, 2013  12:27 AM ET

Still waiting to hear whether the Montreal Police will be filing charges on Pacioretty.

December 8, 2013  01:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Agreed, looked bad, ya have to think Thornton regrets the last two.

The hat trick...bad move by Orpik, bad move by Neal, bad move by Thornton!

December 8, 2013  06:45 AM ET

Lets cut to the chase. Thornton's actions were no different than Bertuzzi vs. Moore.

Fact. Thornton came off the bench and went straight at Orpik.
Fact. Thornton started with a slewfoot to knock Orpik down
Fact. Thornton drove Orpiks head into the ice twice.

Thank (your deity of choice) the eventual outcome was different, but seeing Orpik lying there almost catatonic was sickening.

And FWIW, Don Cherry could not defend Thornton. Not one word of defense.

December 8, 2013  06:46 AM ET

And yes, Neal's knee to Marchand was completely intentional, and well deserving of 10+ games.

December 8, 2013  07:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Fact. Thornton came off the bench and went straight at Orpik. Thornton drove Orpiks head into the ice twice.Thank (your deity of choice) the eventual outcome was different, but seeing Orpik lying there almost catatonic was sickening.

No, Thornton's line was on the ice the play proceeding. Thornton punched him once, after he was down (unless you're counting where he knocked him down, but Orpik was coming back up when Thornton punched him while he was on his back). Agree it was bad and deserves a suspension, and will result in one unless they use the Emery ruling.

December 8, 2013  07:33 AM ET



Thornton actually holds him going down to the ice (after kicking his leg out), so he didn't hit his head then, but he does hit him twice while down. The first time pulling up on the front of the shoulder pads/jersey while punching, and knocks him out cold. At least looking at it again that's what I saw.

December 8, 2013  07:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Lets cut to the chase. Fact. Thornton came off the bench and went straight at Orpik

Sorry, you were right. I thought they were already on with Campbell being there already but they weren't. I think PJ summed it up pretty well.

December 8, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The hat trick...

Speaking of hat tricks...

:-)

December 8, 2013  09:28 AM ET

The fact anyone is even trying to justify Thornton's bs is funny, but expected around here. You won't hear me justyfing Neal's bs. Orpik's hit was clean. You can argue interfernce, but wasn't a head shot. Typical Boston...they can dish, but can't take it. Moments after Neal's hit to Marchand, he purposely slashes Kunitz in the face when the puck wasn't anywhere to be around. Again, they can dish...can't take. I hope they throw the book at Thornton. Orpik hits hard, but is a clean player. He hasn't had a questionable hit since his hit on Cole which happened eons ago. He was supposed to fight Thornton, and spend five minutes in the box for a clean hit? Laughable!

December 8, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The hat trick...bad move by Orpik, bad move by Neal, bad move by Thornton!

What was the "bad move" by Orpik? Having dared to throw a hard check on a Boston Bruin?

December 8, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The fact anyone is even trying to justify Thornton's bs is funny, but expected around here. You won't hear me justyfing Neal's bs. Orpik's hit was clean. You can argue interfernce, but wasn't a head shot. Typical Boston...they can dish, but can't take it. Moments after Neal's hit to Marchand, he purposely slashes Kunitz in the face when the puck wasn't anywhere to be around. Again, they can dish...can't take. I hope they throw the book at Thornton. Orpik hits hard, but is a clean player. He hasn't had a questionable hit since his hit on Cole which happened eons ago. He was supposed to fight Thornton, and spend five minutes in the box for a clean hit? Laughable!

What she said!

December 8, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

What was the "bad move" by Orpik? Having dared to throw a hard check on a Boston Bruin?

Ding! Ding! Ding!

They cand dish, but can't take. I hope Eriksson is okay, but he had just got rid of the puck, and Orpik finished his hit (which is what he does, and does well). Eriksson had his head down. Unfortunate, but unintentional and NOT dirty from Orpik. Anyone who knows and watches hockey can see it.

December 8, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Sorry, you were right. I thought they were already on with Campbell being there already but they weren't. I think PJ summed it up pretty well.

PJ stock is an idiot.

Saying the optics is terrible. Saying they were little punches.

He is simply a friend of Thornton, and trying to defend him.

What Thornton did was no different than what Bertuzzi did. He should have a minimum of 20 games.

And yes Neal deserves a suspension too. And probably a long one, because he is an idiot and keeps doing stupid things. But Thornton should have the book thrown against him.

December 8, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The fact anyone is even trying to justify Thornton's bs is funny, but expected around here. You won't hear me justyfing Neal's bs. Orpik's hit was clean. You can argue interfernce, but wasn't a head shot. Typical Boston...they can dish, but can't take it. Moments after Neal's hit to Marchand, he purposely slashes Kunitz in the face when the puck wasn't anywhere to be around. Again, they can dish...can't take. I hope they throw the book at Thornton. Orpik hits hard, but is a clean player. He hasn't had a questionable hit since his hit on Cole which happened eons ago. He was supposed to fight Thornton, and spend five minutes in the box for a clean hit? Laughable!

Wasn't a clean hit on Eriksson. He wasn't playing the puck, it was going behind him by at least 5 ft after deflecting off the boards. It was Orpik dishing and not taking that precipitated the whole thing (along with the refs not wanting to call a penalty on the Pens. ex. Crosby tripping Marchand down to put him in the position to have Neal knee him in the head).

The high stick to Kunitz was while trying to play the puck and got 4 mins. Who's justifing what Thornton did? Thornton needs to be suspended for what he did, but don't try to make it out like the Pens were innocent bystanders.

If you really want the homer glasses I'd say the mistake Thornton made was not just going ahead and pummeling Orpik back when he didn't want to go , like Emery did to Holtby. He'd have gotten the instigator and a misconduct, but he wouldn't get suspended as we learned from the League.

December 8, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Why should someone have to get beat up in a fight for delivering a perfectly clean hockey play? Why should he have to spend 5 minutes in the penalty box?

Orpik was just finishing his check. A perfectly clean and good play. The outcome of the play sucks, but it is part of the game. If he doesn't finish his hit there, he probably gets **** from the coach.

December 8, 2013  09:51 AM ET

On the Pens web site they said that Orpik was released from the hospital and traveled back to Pittsburgh with the team. He will be evaluated further for a concussion. They also quoted Thornton:

Listen, I feel awful. It wasn???t my intention," Thornton told the Bruins official website. "I know 'Broosky,' I???ve gotten to know him over the last seven years here, I skate with him in the summer, through the lockout. I???ve texted him a couple of times. I definitely feel awful. It was not what I wanted to see or what anyone wanted to see.

"Obviously, I made a mistake. I???m aware of it. I???ve been told that I???ll be having a hearing (with the NHL) and it???s hard for me to say much more other than that was not my intention. I feel awful and felt sick all game, so."

 
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