Someone said on the other page "to all of you questioning if Orpik was hurt" (sorry, quote function on the site is not working for me or I'd quote it)
I don't think anyone was questioning if he got KO'd or not. The question was more of why he got taken off on a stretcher for it. I'll be honest, I thought the exact same thing, since it looked like he just got briefly knocked out. (which know now, is exactly what happened) Players get KO'd pretty much weekly in the NHL, and none of them get taken off in stretchers for it, so it is a legitimate question IMO.
And while Thornton was out of line, lets be real here, if Orpik wasn't taken off in a stretcher, this would have been a non-issue, and all of the focus would have been on Neals dirty hit instead.
I also agree that Neal should receive just as long of a suspension as Thornton for his vicious knee.
In fact he should receive a longer suspension IMO, that play was super dirty and an intentional attempt to severely injure another, unlike Thornton. But as the league is a joke when it comes to discipline, I fully expect Thornton to get the book thrown at him while Neal gets a slap on the wrist.