Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton didn't come down hard on Aaron Rome Monday night following Rome's hit that laid out Nathan Horton in the first period and sent him to the hospital. Part of the reason Thornton measured his comments carefully was that he was teammates with Rome on the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.
"I played with him and from what I know of him, he is an honest player but that doesn't take away from the fact that it was a lateral hit to the head and that's what that rule was set into place for, as far as I'm concerned," Thornton said. "Aaron Rome is a good person. I played with him. We played together in Portland [Maine] and Anaheim. I'm not saying he's a bad person. I'm justsaying those are the hits - as players - we have to take out of the game."