Penguins’ Brooks Orpik, Bruins’ Shawn Thornton fight leads to Orpik leaving on stretcher (Video)


Oct 14, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton (22) skates with the puck during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins got their Saturday night game off to a punishing pace, with the Penguins setting the pace. Unfortunately, things turned ugly quickly when Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being pummeled by Bruins forward Shawn Thornton.

Orpik had landed a huge hit on Bruins forward Loui Eriksson, which was followed by some cheap shots on Bruins winger Brad Marchand and mayhem ensued.

Thorton grabbed Orpik from behind well after the whistle and shoved him to the ground. As Orpik was laying on the ice, Thorton went on to land consecutive punches on the defenseman’s head that left him unconscious on the ice.

Orpik remained on the ice for several minutes, before the stretcher was called out and taken off of the ice. Orpik was conscious as he was being wheeled off.

It was an ugly scene and completely uncalled for, so we wouldn’t expect to see Thornton out on the ice any time soon. A lengthy suspension would be very deserved.

If you missed the blows from Thornton, you can catch the video below:


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  • Jason

    I feel that only a hospital will tell what happened with Orpik because those two punches were weak as hell coming from Shawn Thornton. Also Thornton was fed up with the crap Pittsburgh was doing with the hit on Erikkson that made him leave the game, and the cheap shot on Marchand that was no call. I think Orpik is innocent until proven guilty, and the evidence is not helping him whatsoever.

    • Jack Kennedy

      Quit crying Boston takes cheap shots all the time, its about time someone kicked your players in the face. Wave bye bye to Thornton hes headed to a 10 game+ suspension :). for attacking a “innocent” defenseless player and beating him until he was unconscious. Can’t wait to see his cash fine either lol