Joe Thornton Criticizes NHL for Not Suspending Zdeno Chara, Says League Rules in Bruins Favor


Joe Thornton is not unfamiliar with controversy in Boston, and he decided to whip up some more during an interview on Thursday while discussing his former team.

When asked about the recent debate over Zdeno Chara‘s hit on Montreal’s Max Pacioretty, Thornton said he believes that Boston gets away with more favorable rulings from the league, the Globe and Mail reports.

“It’s just something with Boston,” Thornton said. “It just seems like they have a horseshoe. We’ve seen the [Milan] Lucic cross-check to the head [of Dominic Moore] earlier, and there’s no disciplinary thing.”

Thorton went on to question the NHL’s process of disciplining players for certain hits on the ice, and said Boston always seems to have an edge when it comes to avoiding further penalty from the league.

“It’s just something about Boston and the disciplinary [process] is on their side,” Thornton added. “I’m not sure why that is. I’m not assuming that Colin‘s [Campbell] kid is on the team and that’s why, but it’s really bizarre.”

Thornton may have a point, or he may just be spouting sour grapes over his two-game suspension earlier in the season for his blindside hit on St. Louis winger David Perron — who has been sitting out indefinitely with a concussion since the incident.

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