Dear Penguins fans,
Us Bruins fans realize that what Thorty did was wrong. We also know that what James Neal did was wrong. We also know that what your beloved Orpik did was wrong. Loui Eriksson is now fucking concussed because of Orpik, but nobody says anything about…
This response from toedrags-and-wristshots to this ignorant (yes ignorant, not stupid) post is all that needs to be said about the facts.
As for my own opinion, I love James Neal dearly, but he was way out of line and his comments sounded glib. He needs to do far better and his suspension will be well deserved. I don’t want this kind of thing on my team, so I hope he truly learns his lesson so I can enjoy watching him play.
Shawn Thornton may feel genuine regret for what he did, (though I don’t see the alleged tearfulness that others seem to) but that does nothing to mitigate what happened. I can hardly stomach his defense that beating a downed and defenseless man is part of defending his teammates. His actions verge on the criminal and he should be punished severely. His future behavior will show whether he’s deserving of forgiveness.