Blackhawks' Scott on Thornton chirping complaint: 'I'll kick the (bleep) out of him'

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Shawn Thornton received around 40 stitches above his eye Tuesday, accused the Chicago Blackhawks of razzing him from the bench and labeled the Hawks a team that will "chirp a lot," then reiterated Thursday on Boston radio that he and his Boston Bruins squad have a long memory.

Apparently, them's fighting words.

"He said that? That's fine. He can say what he wants," Hawks enforcer John Scott said Thursday of Thornton's team-of-chirpers assessment. "He's going after some of our littlest guys on our team to start a fight. He's trying to challenge (Fernando) Pisani to a fight. What's that say about him?

"He's Mr. Tough Guy and he's trying to challenge Pisani. If I'm in the lineup, he's more than welcome to come chirp at me. I'll kick the (bleep) out of him."

But, really, that was about as ornery as the Hawks got after practice Thursday. Mostly they shrugged off the insinuation that they bark at the opposition more than other teams, not to mention downplaying whatever was said after Pisani's skate came up and gashed Thornton.

"Everybody talks, everybody tries to get under each other's skin," Pisani said. "It's that time of year. Emotions are high, everybody knows what's at stake. Guys are just tryng to bring an edge to the game. I think every team, there's always a few guys that do it, and that's part of the game to try to agitate and get under the skin."

Said winger Bryan Bickell: "I think everyone (chirps). Every team has their grudges against different teams or different players. They like to joke around or chirp at each other. It's all in good fun. There are times that it gets heated, and I don't think our team is any different than any of these other teams."

On Tuesday, after suffering the gash, Thornton said of the Hawks: "Those guys on their team chirp a lot. I don’t know if it's right when someone’s face is half across the other side of their face. But it's a tough game and people have to live with their actions."

He added that he would identify the alleged chirper and "deal with it in my own way." This was on the heels of the Flames' Brendan Morrison logging a similar beef after a March 2 hit by the Hawks' Niklas Hjalmarsson. Morrison labored while getting off the ice and said Hawks players taunted him from the bench.

In fact, even Scott -- who was a scratch Tuesday -- said he might not chirp at a player leaving the ice with such a cut. That said, the hard-nosed Thornton isn't getting any sympathy either way.

"I don’t know if I'd do that, Thornton is a stand-up guy," Scott said. "I don't know who said anything, but he was kind of being cheap that game. So whatever. He gets what comes to him."

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