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NHL suspends Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton for 15 games
NHL suspends Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton for 15 games

The NHL suspended Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton for 15 games without pay for punching and injuring unsuspecting Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik in a Dec. 7 game. Orpik hasn’t played since. “It says volumes about getting that kind of play out of the game,” Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday after the sanction was announced. “I think it’s a pretty strong message.” The suspension will cost Thornton $84,615. He served three games of the ban before the length of the suspension was determined. :: The Edmonton Oilers traded goalie Jason LaBarbera to the Chicago Blackhawks for future considerations. :: The NHL suspended Toronto Maple...

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