Early in the second period of Tuesday night's game between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton had to leave the game with a cut over his right eye.
Chicago's Fernando Pisani slammed into Thornton behind Boston's net. Pisani's skate appeared to hit Thornton in the face, causing the 33-year-old to bleed on the ice. He needed 40-plus stitches to close the cut and didn't return to the game.
According to ESPNBoston.com, a player on the Blackhawks bench said something to Thornton as referee Don Van Massenhoven helped him off the ice. Thornton had to be held back after he went after the Chicago players.
"Something was said. Obviously I can't swear when I talk to [the media]," Thornton said. "There was some stuff said that I'm not happy about. I'm going to find out who it was and I will deal with it in my own way."
The seven-year veteran also said that he is fine and "it could have been worse."
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