Idk anyone who is defending him? I clearly said he should be suspended but I guess some people are too stupid to see that?
You're not defending the action but justifying why he did what he did. There's no justification for it, was more my point with what you've been saying.
I completely agree I think Orpik got hurt because he wasn't prepared for it not unlike a blindside hit that's what's so dangerous about what Thornton did. But let's also through Neal in there, his knee was the definition of intent to injure, he just got lucky that Marchand wasn't carted off the ice too.
Oh believe me Neal is a weak prick for what he did tonight too. Completely gutless by both
You're missing the part of what orpik did. Thornton obviously didn't see the hit he did but saw the result and thought it was dirty. He was getting him because of that.
So Thornton still looks like an ass for going after someone for a clean hit. Guy wanted to make a point and did it like a jackass. How anyone can try to justify or defend it is beyond me.
Or maybe you should use your god given eyeballs and watch the replay. It didn't look like it was serious enough for anyone to get injured. His head didn't hit the ice so its not that...his shoulder did so maybe its an injury related to that but why a stretcher? The 2-3 hits weren't that hard either....I'm sure orpik has been hit harder.
It's not always about how hard you get hit. You can get a full blown punch and be fine, but get a normal punch on the sweet spot and you're out cold.
So because Thornton couldn't wait to get to Neal he just goes after Orpik? And takes him down and punches him. Just because he wanted to stand up for his team he did it in the most moronic way imagineable.
If he's sending a message either challenge Neal when you can, or challenge their fighters and send it that way. There's no justification for what he did, and I'll be disappointed if it's not at least 10 games.