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The Bruins’ Shawn Thornton has decided to appeal his 15-game suspension for punching and injuring unsuspecting Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.

As laid out in the collective bargaining agreement, the appeal first goes to Commissioner Gary Bettman. If Bettman upholds the suspension, Thornton and the NHLPA can then elect to appeal to a neutral arbitrator.

Source: Boston.com 12/17/13, 5:11 am EST

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Thornton will have an in-person hearing for the sucker punch he landed on Brooks Orpik last night - he will not travel to Toronto for Sunday's game.

Thornton tugged Orpik down after a whistle and punched him when he was on his back. The surrounding Penguins players immediately called for the trainer as Orpik was clearly in distress. Thornton is likely looking at a lengthy suspension.

Source: Joe McDonald 12/8/13, 5:53 am EST

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