Everything went pretty much normal. Orpik lined up Loui for the big hit, then Thornton went in to do what he's supposed to.
Nothing really new here, and no real villans unless you've got blinders on. Where things went off the rails was simply a matter of "outcome".
This idea about "clean hits' not being dealt with though...is insane. Anytime someone gets clobberred, legal or not, there can be retribution. Always has. Cripes, you couldn't even skate near Gretzky.
Although it's certainly wrong, Thorntons behavior didn't look that over the top to me. The same type of thing happens all the time, and if Orpik got up, I doubt thornton would have got anything more than a minor. I only saw about 2 swats. I'm sure he didn't mean to hurt Orpik. It appearred to be a very mild smackdown....a message. no big deal. Same with Orpiks run at LE. Not that far removed from what we've seen for years.
THAT'S THE PROBLEM !!
For some reason, these players seem to be able to "hurt each other" a lot more often, a lot worse....and with much less effort than they used to. That's the root issue, and the rules don't acknowledge that. They're too convoluted and subjective. The league and PA are trying to deal with things, without changing anything. It's not working.
The rules need to change. I've played for years and years, and I'm a tradionalist. I like old time fierce hockey, but the purest definition of stupidity is debating the legality of any "play" that results in a player leaving the ice on a stretcher. It's ridiculous. That's what got the ball rolling, even Orpiks teamate admitted that.
Boarding, charging and clipping, are all infractions that were virtually unheard of in the 60's. Any hit that endangers someones life...obviously doesn't fit into the "spirit" of what the rules intended.
I'm getting tired of watching, and discussing the fact that guys are getting hurt like this. It's becoming a game in itself, and one I think will further the deteriorate it's image.
Then we have the even more disgusting, cowardly, pukish reality of considering imbellishment.