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Bruins’ Shawn Thornton suspended 15 games

Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was suspended for 15 games without pay the NHL announced on Saturday for punching and injuring unsuspecting Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik. Thornton went after Orpik during a stoppage in play Dec. 7, slew-footing him to the ice and punching him twice. Orpik sustained a concussion and was taken off the ice on a stretcher. Earlier, Orpik hit Boston’s Loui Eriksson, knocking him out of the game with a concussion. Thornton was assessed a match penalty. Orpik hasn’t played since the game. The suspension will cost Thornton $84,615. He served three games of the ban before the length was determined. – AP



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