From the NHL Rulebook:
46.16 Third Man In - A game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be imposed on any player who is the first to intervene (third man in) in an altercation already in progress except when a match penalty is being imposed in the original altercation. This penalty is in addition to any other penalties incurred in the same incident.
Originally Posted by UnDeFeatedKing
actually no, not even close. That wasn't a fight. He tapped him with a hockey stick, Canuck player tapped back, and then he jumped at the guy and everyone got involved right away on the Canucks side with all the Boston players coming in afterward.
Video of Shawn Thorton and incident:
OK so ONE player was in an ALTERCATION with another player and then "EVERYONE" i.e. the entire Canucks shift JOINED INTO THE ALTERCATION. It doesn't have to be a FIGHT, its labeled in the rules as an "Altercation". So, again, reading comprehension. 3rd man in rule. The bruins have the right to defend their player if they are outnumbered. Even Thorton, one of the toughest guys in the NHL thought it was ridiculous. Oh and he was jumped by 6 guys as the video shows. They didn't pull the goalie did they..
I thought Marchand would get 1 or at most 3-not 5 games.