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Thornton banished to sin bin

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Scott Thornton lost it. He snapped.

After taking a hit from Edmonton Oilers defenceman Daniel Tjarnqvist, the Los Angeles Kings forward blew a gasket almost costing his team the game.

"He kind of ran me from behind, I went head-first into the boards and I kind of lost my composure a little bit," Thornton said following the Kings 7-4 win over the Oilers last night at Rexall Place.

"I don't know if it warranted kicking me out of the game or not, but I felt a little upset afterwards that I put my team in that situation. But that's the only way I know how to respond to something like that, which is to protect myself and hope it doesn't happen again."

Tjarnqvist hit Thornton along the boards late in the first period, sending the Kings forward face-first into the glass.

After the hit, Thornton jumped Tjarnqvist, pulled the jersey over his head and fed him three or four times before Oilers defenceman Jason Smith intervened.

"He's not the type of guy to just go out and do that," said Kings defenceman Rob Blake. "Something had to have happened before that. But we got through it and we got by it. Sometimes during the season you're going to have to kill things like that. Thornton has done a lot for this team and that's what the call was and you just deal with it. You're not going to change it after the fact."

Thornton received an instigator minor, a fighting major, a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct for his indiscretion.


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