Surrounded by controversy, injuries, Bruins step up, beat Leafs

Published Dec. 9, 2013

TORONTO — The Bruins arrived for a game Sunday with the Maple Leafs hurting and expecting bad news.

A suspension is hanging over forward Shawn Thornton after his meltdown against the Penguins on Saturday that sent Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik off the ice on a stretcher.

Thornton was trying to get Orpik to fight him over a first-period hit the Penguins put on Boston forward Loui Eriksson. Eriksson left the game and, the Bruins said, has a concussion.

Also missing the Toronto game was forward Chris Kelly, who the Bruins said suffered a fractured right fibula in the 3-2 home win against the Penguins and is out four to six weeks.

Still, Boston got a 5-2 win over the struggling Leafs.

Thornton's hearing with the league hasn't been scheduled. He has been offered an in-person hearing, which means he could be suspended for six or more games. Thornton is in trouble for walking up to Orpik from behind during a stoppage in play, slew-footing him to the ice and punching him twice in the head.

Orpik was released from a Boston hospital Saturday night and flew home with the team. He was resting at home Sunday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Before the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he "respectfully" disagreed with Penguins coach Dan Bylsma's statement that the hit on Eriksson was legal. The hit was reviewed by the league's player safety department, as are all hits, and was deemed within the rules, the Tribune-Review reported.

Julien said Thornton crossed the line but "some others did, too."

"You have to man up to those things, and I think he did," Julien said. Thornton said after the game he was sorry.

"He's being truthful," Julien said. "That's more than we can say about players that pretend that it wasn't done on purpose."

Julien was referring to Penguins forward James Neal, who hit the Bruins' Brad Marchand in the head with his left knee after Marchand fell to the ice a few seconds before Thornton attacked Orpik.

Neal said after the game the contact was accidental, but he could have done more to avoid Marchand. He has a hearing with the league today by phone, meaning he could be suspended for up to five games.

Around the league: Flyers center Vinny Lecavalier is out three to four weeks with a nondisplaced fracture in his lower back, general manager Paul Holmgren said. The former Lightning star leads the team in goals with nine. … The Board of Governors begins two days of meetings today in Pebble Beach, Calif.

at Maple Leafs1012

First1, Tor, Holland 3 (Clarkson, Gardiner), 12:20. PenaltiesHamilton, Bos (tripping), 3:17; Chara, Bos (roughing), 6:26; Clarkson, Tor (roughing), 6:26; Kadri, Tor (hooking), 13:49.

Get real-time alerts about your favorite teams

Get real-time alerts about your favorite teams

Subscribe to our free Breaking Sports News newsletter

We’ll send you major developments in the local, state and national sports world as they happen.

You’re all signed up!

Want more of our free, weekly newsletters in your inbox? Let’s get started.

Explore all your options

Second2, Bos, Soderberg 4 (R.Smith, Bergeron), 5:14 (pp). 3, Bos, Krug 8 (Krejci, Lucic), 6:47 (pp). 4, Bos, Miller 1 (Soderberg), 15:58. PenaltiesAshton, Tor (delay of game), 4:50; Gunnarsson, Tor (holding), 5:34.

Third5, Tor, McClement 1 (Holland, Kulemin), :37. 6, Bos, Iginla 6 (Lucic), 16:00. 7, Bos, Bergeron 9 (Campbell, Krejci), 19:49 (en). PenaltiesSeidenberg, Bos (illegal check to head minor), 2:43; Miller, Bos (delay of game), 6:09; Bergeron, Bos (hooking), 17:43. Shots on GoalBos 10-17-13—40. Tor 10-9-13—32. Power-play opportunitiesBos 2 of 3; Tor 0 of 4. GoaliesBos, C.Johnson 5-1-0 (32 shots-30 saves). Tor, Bernier 9-8-2 (39-35).

at Blackhawks2226

First1, Chicago, Sharp 12 (Toews, Kane), 1:10 (pp). 2, Chicago, Seabrook 2 (Saad, Hossa), 9:11 (pp). PenaltiesKopecky, Fla (interference), :57; Bergenheim, Fla (unsportsmanlike conduct, interference), 7:21; Sharp, Chi (slashing), 14:23; Kruger, Chi (high-sticking), 16:17.

Second3, Chicago, Hossa 13 (Sharp, Toews), :37. 4, Florida, Olsen 2 (Kopecky, Gudbranson), 4:05. 5, Florida, Goc 7, 9:37. 6, Chicago, Handzus 2 (Seabrook, Kane), 17:26. PenaltiesBarch, Fla (roughing), 5:13; Bollig, Chi (roughing), 5:13; Rozsival, Chi (delay of game), 11:39.

Third7, Chicago, A.Shaw 9 (Sharp, Kane), 2:44 (pp). 8, Chicago, Saad 9 (Morin, Versteeg), 19:04. PenaltiesBarch, Fla (illegal check to head minor), 2:06; A.Shaw, Chi (interference), 5:10; Barch, Fla, major (fighting), 10:53; Bollig, Chi, major (fighting), 10:53; Seabrook, Chi (holding), 13:27. Shots on GoalFlorida 7-10-18—35. Chicago 10-11-11—32. Power-play opportunitiesFlorida 0 of 5; Chicago 3 of 4. GoaliesFlorida, Clemmensen 0-2-1 (32 shots-26 saves). Chicago, Crawford (4-4), Raanta 3-0-1 (13:45 first, 31-29).

at Rangers0011

FirstNone. PenaltyKreider, NYR (interfere), 17:42.

Second1, Wash, Chimera 6 (Erat, Oleksy), 2:28. 2, Wash, Oleksy 1 (Beagle), 2:53. 3, Wash, Grabovski 9 (penalty shot), 18:26. PenaltiesKreider, NYR (high-sticking), 5:04; Orlov, Was (cross-checking), 10:41; Ovechkin, Was (roughing), 16:40; Nash, NYR (roughing), 16:40.

Third4, Wash, Schmidt 2, 17:03. 5, NYR, Pouliot 3 (Del Zotto), 18:07. PenaltiesOleksy, Was (holding), 9:07. Shots on GoalWash 7-17-12—36. NYR 7-10-14—31. Power-play opportunitiesWash 0 of 2; NYR 0 of 2. GoaliesWash, Grubauer 1-0-0 (31 shots-30 saves). NYR, Lundqvist 9-12-1 (36-32).

at Wild0213

FirstNone. PenaltiesCoyle, Min (hold stick), 7:08.

Second1, Minn, Parise 13 (Pominville, Scandella), 3:55. 2, Minn, Koivu 7 (Spurgeon, Heatley), 8:11. PenaltiesCoyle, Min (hook), 1:12; Stuart, SJ (rough), 9:30; Stoner, Min (high-stick), 13:33; Stuart, SJ (hold stick), 19:30.

Third3, SJ, Marleau 13 (Irwin, Couture), 18:19. 4, Minn, Parise 14 (Brodziak), 19:54 (en). PenaltiesNiederreiter, Min (interference), 6:15. Shots on GoalSJ 11-21-6—38. Minn 5-6-2—13. Power-play opportunitiesSJ 0 of 4; Minn 0 of 2. GoaliesSJ, Niemi 16-5-5 (12 shots-10 saves). Minn, Harding 16-4-3 (38-37).