Bruins Fans, Your Logic is Flawed

Shawn Thornton

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The league finally made a decision on Shawn Thornton and his abhorrent attack on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Brendan Shanahan has decided to suspend the Bruins toughman for 15 games. 15 games for a stupid, senseless act. Finally, a correct decision by Shanahan, but don’t tell Bruins fans that. Or Don Cherry.

Boy, were they angry.

In all honesty, these Bruins fans are flat out wrong about this. Thornton deserved every single game he got and Brooks Orpik doesn’t deserve any type of punishment, from Thornton or the league.

Thornton Hasn’t Been Suspended Before

Some Bruins fans are arguing that since Thornton has never been suspended in his NHL career, he should receive a light sentence.

Now this theory doesn’t really make much sense if you think about it. It doesn’t matter if a player has a sparkling record or not, if an action is horrible enough then you should be suspended. Every player starts their NHL career with a clean slate, so does that mean that every single first suspension should be light because they haven’t been suspended before? No.

What if a lawyer said this, “My client has never murdered anyone before, so, if found guilty, then you must let him off with a probation seeing as how this is his first offense.” Seems pretty asinine, doesn’t it? I’m in no way comparing Thornton’s attack to Orpik with murder, but the argument is very similar.

It doesn’t matter if you are Shawn Thornton or Sidney Crosby, if you pull something like this, you deserve to be suspended no matter the record or whether or not they are a star.

Orpik “Faking” His Injuries

This one could be the most offensive and certainly makes Bruin fans look incredibly stupid: Brooks Orpik is faking it.

  • Brad

    It was a mean hit on a player Eriksson that never had possession of the puck.
    The replay shows the puck several feet away when contact was made.
    Now Eriksson is concussed.
    If Crosby had been smoked like that for no reason there would have be utter chaos immediately.