Joe Thornton suspended
Nov. 4, 2010
In one of the first tests of the NHL's new Rule 48, Blues winger David Perron was concussed by a shoulder to the head from the big Sharks center. Perron kept playing and later scored a goal, but was sidelined indefinitely. Thornton was ejected and suspended two games, appealing the decision (he lost) and expressing confusion about what kind of hits are now legal: "I braced myself for the hit and he just ran into me. That's all I thought had happened." Thornton brother (and agent) said, "The league once again failed to follow any precedent they have set when making disciplinary decisions. They stated this was most similar to the [Nick] Foligno hit [on Pat Dwyer earlier this season] which only resulted in a $2,500 fine."