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B's Thornton, Vancouver columnist banter on TV

Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:03 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 3:48 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

This past weekend's 4-3 Canucks win over the Bruins is the game that keeps on giving.

It was one of the more hyped regular-season games that I can remember (outside of the Winter Classics), it actually lived up to that billing while it was played and the battle has continued to be played out through the media since, even with the teams moving on.

A lot of the postgame chatter has circled around Brad Marchand and the five-game suspension he received for clipping Sami Salo of the Canucks. Needless to say, the Canucks supported the decision and the Bruins didn't. That's just further fueled a fire that has been burning intensely since last June's Stanley Cup Final matchup.

But it hasn't all been about Marchand. Shawn Thornton got into a little back and forth with Vancouver columnist Tony Gallagher of the Province on a CSN New England show Sticks and Stones regarding Thornton's challenging Dale Weise to a fight, something Gallagher clearly objected to. Well the conversation actually began between Gallagher and the show's host Michael Felger, it just so happened that Thornton was in studio.

It has a certain WWE feel to it, doesn't it, one of those between-matches talking segments?

Once you're able to get past Thornton's awesome velvet blazer, it's an interesting conversation. I'm not going to be tough on Gallagher for getting tripped up a little and having the size of the players wrong (he first says Thornton outweighs Weise by 40 pounds, gets it down to 20 but per NHL.com it's only seven pounds), he was essentially ambushed in this segment. (UPDATE: Turns out, Gallagher was informed Thornton might be on. If so, ambush statement retracted.)

Plus, I'll just put it out there, according to Hockeyfights.com, Thornton has not been in three fights in the same period in his NHL career, nor even two. That doesn't mean he's never done it at some point in his hockey playing days, just not in the NHL against presumably the best of the best.

But I can't get past the WWE aspect of it. Thornton seems like that guy who is supposed to be a heel that everybody actually likes.

Maybe as interesting is Felger playing the part of Mean Gene Okerlund and getting a little combative with Gallagher at the end when asking why the Canucks are so hated. Gallagher's response was well put, I thought, and Felger agreed before calling the Canucks "weasely." It ended with a little "we have the Cup" jab.

Can we find a way in the next realignment to put these teams in the same conference?

H/t to Pro Hockey Talk

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Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:12 am
 

B's Thornton, Vancouver columnist banter on TV

for a guy covering the NHL for 40 years you would think that he knows that Thornton has never been anything less than a classy player. To think that Thornton broke unwritten ethical codes showed no knowledge of what he was talking about. Clearly Shawn had him back peddling on every comment made because Shawn had good points every step of the way. Looks like he has forgotten more than he ever knew



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:53 pm
 

B's Thornton, Vancouver columnist banter on TV

Who is this mornon Gallagher?? does he know anything about hockey what so ever?? atta boy Thornton, tell him like it is.. This guy would fit right in with the Vancouver Squad..He sounds like just as big a sally as the rest of them..
FYI he has been covering the NHl for 40 years  probably has forgotten more than you will ever know. What is a  mornon?


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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:19 pm
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Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:08 am
 

B's Thornton, Vancouver columnist banter on TV

over/under is at 7 for tonight's game. That's the number of times Suban and company will attempt to dive to draw a penalty



Since: May 3, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:36 am
 

B's Thornton, Vancouver columnist banter on TV

Yes, Felger is a d-bag, and he happily admits it. He generally tells it like he sees it though, and often speaks very scathingly of hometown players. It's the media, they're all trying to be contrarians, push the envelope and get ratings so they get more $$$. Take it for what it is, entertainment and escapism.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:26 am
 

B's Thornton, Vancouver columnist banter on TV

wasn't a shot at the talent of Van just that when the Bruins play their game, which they didn't Saturday, they are just about impossible to beat



Since: Nov 9, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:15 am
 

B's Thornton, Vancouver columnist banter on TV

Perry, nice comment.

I am a Canucks fan but completely agree with you mainly except for the 4-0 sweep. Boston is a better team but I don't think our team is that bad to be swept. I hear a lot of people hating Boston as I hear the same for the Canucks . They only hate you because your good



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:54 am
 

B's Thornton, Vancouver columnist banter on TV

Who is this mornon Gallagher?? does he know anything about hockey what so ever?? atta boy Thornton, tell him like it is.. This guy would fit right in with the Vancouver Squad..He sounds like just as big a sally as the rest of them..



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:48 am
 

B's Thornton, Vancouver columnist banter on TV

LOL WHAAAANcouver at it again! Back when they couldn't get past Chicago it was Byfuglien interfering. Now 5 on the ice and a couple on the bench are beating on one guy it is completely acceptable and it is Boston's fault. WHAAANcouver fans cannot just sit back and look at what happened and say, "wow, we just got away with one", no they have to find a way to make them look like they got screwed again.

In 30+ years of watching hockey I have NEVER seen an NHL player act like he is going to drop the gloves and then puss out!  He should be laughed out of the league! What you need 5 of your team mates to help you? You cannot fight your own battles, to act all tough and then cower away!? Even Gaborik and Briere get in to fights. Typical WHAAANcouver WHAAAANucks player, cannot man up! Maybe his tampon was leaking!




Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:02 am
 

B's Thornton, Vancouver columnist banter on TV

Oh and one last thing, as far as Vignault's comments of someone is gonna hurt Marchand, who is gonna do it? We know not anyone from his club because he coaching a bunch of snot nosed little wimps. Everyone in the league should just listen to Boston, "DON'T POKE THE BEAR!"


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