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Bruins former captain gets early game misconduct

BOSTON (AP) - Joe Thornton's first game back in Boston lasted less than six minutes Tuesday night when the San Jose center was ejected after checking defenseman Hal Gill from behind.

Thornton, the Bruins captain before being traded to the Sharks on Nov. 30, received a game misconduct with 5:13 gone in the game for his hit that drove Gill's right side into the boards in the corner to the left of Boston's net.

Gill fell to the ice, lifted his left arm toward his right shoulder and rolled over before getting up. He went directly to Boston's locker room. He and Thornton, the top pick in the NHL draft in 1997, had been teammates since the 1997-98 season.

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That was a joke of a call. If a hit from behind is an automatic ejection, then what's the point of a boarding penalty? That's all it should have been. It wasn't even directly from behind, and Gill later said he saw Thornton coming.

Exactly. Yes, the NHL wants to protect the defencemen from getting their knees blown out on icings, etc. but that was an extremely weak call.

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