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NHL hands Thornton 15-game ban

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The National Hockey League issued a 15-game suspension to Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton on Saturday for his attack on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik during last weekend's meeting between the teams.

The long-awaited ruling came seven days after Thornton was given a major penalty and game misconduct for sucker-punching Orpik during the first period of an eventual 3-2 Bruins victory.

Thornton has already sat out Boston's last three games while awaiting a hearing from the league, which took place Friday in New York, meaning he will be eligible to return for the Bruins' visit to San Jose on Jan. 11. The veteran enforcer also will forfeit $84,615.45 in salary for his actions.

Orpik, who was briefly unconscious on the ice, was sent to a local hospital for observation, but released that night and was able to travel back to Pittsburgh with his teammates.

The 11-year veteran was later diagnosed with a concussion and placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

Thornton went after Orpik in apparent retaliation for Penguins' forward James Neal having kneed Boston's Brad Marchand in the head while he laid defenseless on the ice earlier in the contest. Neal was previously given a five-game suspension that he is currently serving.

12/14 20:41:46 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
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y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
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x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
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Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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