Nov 11, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton (22) skates with the puck at center ice during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Shawn Thornton says he didn't mean to hurt Brooks Orpik

There was an ugly scene in the game between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bruins’ Shawn Thornton tripped Penguins’ Brooks Orpik and while he was on the ground punched him repeatedly in the head. After the scuffle was broken up, though it wasn’t really a scuffle so much as a one-sided assault, Orpik was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Thornton was reportedly “in near tears” after the game. He then went on to say

“I feel awful,” Thornton said, via Boston.com’s Bruins Blog. “It wasn’t my intention for that outcome. I know Brooksie. I’ve gotten to know him over the last seven years here. I skate with him in the summer and through the lockout. I’ve texted him a couple times. I feel awful. It’s not what I wanted to see or what anybody wanted to see.”

Thornton went on to try and explain his actions saying that he was upset about Orpik’s hit on Loui Eriksson.

It’s always my job to defend my teammates,” Thornton said. “I’ve prided myself for a long time to stay within the lines. It’s hard for me to talk about it right now. I can’t say I’m sorry enough. I’m sure I’ll be criticized for saying it. But it’s true. I hope he’s doing all right. I heard he’s conscious and talking. I’m happy to hear that.”

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