Brooks Orpik stretchered off ice after being attacked by Shawn Thornton

An ugly, ugly scene unfolded in Boston on Saturday night when Brooks Orpik had to be stretchered off the ice during the first period of the Penguins-Bruins game. After Orpik delivered a brutal hit on Bruins forward Loui Eriksson earlier in the period, Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton challenged him to a fight:

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When Orpik declined, Thornton jumped the Penguins defenseman:

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During a scrum, Thornton grabs onto Orpik and rips him down to the ice then proceeds to punch him in the face multiple times. Orpik appeared to be knocked out before having to be stretchered off the ice. Hope he’s okay, but Thornton (who was thrown out of the game) will be receiving a hefty suspension for the disgusting play.

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Oddly enough, this is a quote from Thornton on “the code” in hockey from just THREE DAYS ago:

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Update: Brooks Orpik has been released from the hospital and will travel home with the Penguins. He reportedly has “a bad concussion.”

Here’s what Shawn Thornton had to say about the whole incident after the game:

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Pete Blackburn
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