Fighting in NHL not cause of Thornton, Neal violence

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik is carted off of the ice during a game against the...

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik is carted off of the ice during a game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Boston, Dec. 7, 2013. (JARED WICKERHAM/Getty Images/AFP)

Steve Buffery, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:40 PM ET

One thing I donít understand. Who exactly was proud of the stupidity that went down on Saturday night?

I ask this because seconds after Shawn Thornton mugged Pittsburgh defenceman Brooks Orpik and Penguins forward James Neal kneed Bostonís Brad Marchand in the head, the Twitter world exploded with messages like ďAnother proud night for the NHLĒ ó as if the actions of Thornton and Neal were condoned by the NHL.

The inference, of course, is that any league that allows fighting encourages such thuggery. What complete crap.

Thornton snapped, period. The Bruins enforcer thought he was defending a teammate but obviously went about it the wrong way and deserves a suspension.

Hereís a news flash: Athletes in other pro sports ó sports that donít have fighting ó have committed despicable acts during moments of insanity.

As for the anti-fighting crowd suggesting that Thorntonís mugging of Orpik had something to do with an NHL ďcodeĒ ó what code says you knee a guy in the head or punch a guy when heís down? If there is a code in the NHL, itís you DONíT do those things.

  • Fast forward to the 0:05 and 2:00 marks to see the knee hit


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