Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton will appeal the 15-game suspension handed down by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, a result of Thornton’s attack on Brooks Orpik in a game against the Penguins on Dec. 7. Thornton filed a written appeal on Monday, after having a 48-hour window to let the NHL know of his decision. That window was set to expire at 4 p.m. on Monday.
The 15-game suspension was the longest that senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan has handed down in the regular season in his three years on the job. It is somewhat high for a first-time offender — Thornton had never before been fined or suspended — and it seemed clear that Shanahan wanted to send a message in the case. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.