Joe Thornton has been suspended 2 games for his hit on David Perron of the St. Louis Blues. Justice hammer.
Tomlinson blogged the incident late Thursday night, and he quickly ran down Thornton’s criminal past: “Thornton does have a history with NHL discipline, but his small list of crimes started a decade ago, and he hasn’t been suspended since 2002. He has been suspended three times in his career for a total of seven games.” The suspension is moderately surprising given the play in question. Thornton’s hit was a greaseball move, stupid and out of character for the big man, but it wasn’t a vicious check to the head. Perhaps Thornton’s rap sheet came into play in the NHL’s decision making process.
Anyway, we’ve rounded up reaction from Twitter! Here’s the best of what we found: