The Eriksson hit is way early in the game 19:39 to be exact. First shift of the game!
No time stamp, but later in the period Thorton tries to get Orpik to fight. Orpik declines.
This is probably where Thorton should have just left it alone, but he's stewing not calming down.
Neal's knee happens at 8:59. Which stirs the pot some more. Thorton then sees Campbell and Orpik jawing at each other. He decides he needs to help out his teammates and his punches follow.
Don't know what he was thinking when he decided to knock Orpik down to the ice and follow up with some gloved punches.
He was too emotional, pissed off, and lost his cool... because he'd been thinking about it since the first shift of the game.
It doesn't justify his actions in anyway. It just makes his behavior all the more ridiculous.
Furthermore, I don't buy his tearful "not my intention" apology. It was his intention to punch Orpik.
Maybe he didn't want him to be carted off on a stretcher, but he wanted to punish him with his fists.
DIsgusting. All around.
mccarty wanted to punish lemieux with his fists, and is revered here for it. can't have it both ways... sure the slew foot was pretty douchey, but many felt mccarty 'jumped' lemiuex similar to this altercation....
the only difference is the stretcher. had it not been brought out, we probably wouldn't even be having this conversation...