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Tom Wilson drops Joe Thornton in fight after hit on T.J. Oshie

The easiest thing to agree upon about Joe Thornton’s rear-end-first hit on T.J. Oshie is that it looked awfully painful.

Oshie was in an awkward spot, and he took quite some time to get up, with his head certainly seeming to absorb quite a bit of contact during Monday’s game between the Sharks and Capitals.

Thornton, 38, has some suspensions in his past, yet the most recent one came in 2010. “Jumbo Joe” seemed to take a less physical approach once he joined the Sharks after being a 100+ PIM machine during much of his Boston Bruins days.

Here’s a GIF of the hit, if you prefer that instead of video:

The reviews of the check seem a bit mixed at this time.

There was no penalty called on Thornton. PHT will be on the lookout regarding Oshie’s condition and if any supplemental discipline might come Thornton’s way.

Whether he faces a suspension, fine, or nothing else, apparently the Capitals decided to get revenge of their own just moments ago. As you can see, Tom Wilson exacted revenge with hard punch, quickly dropping Thornton:

To little surprise, Oshie’s night is over early. Beyond that, we’ll need to wait and see. The Capitals ended up beating the Sharks 4-1.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.