BOSTON -- The Blackhawks aren't making many friends around the NHL.
For the second time this season, an opponent accused the Hawks of taunting from the bench while making his way off the ice following an injury.
During the Bruins' 3-0 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday night at TD Garden, Boston's Shawn Thornton suffered a nasty cut on his forehead after being accidentally struck by the skate of the Hawks' Fernando Pisani.
As Thornton made his way to the Bruins bench with blood pouring from the cut, the forward suddenly veered toward the Hawks bench after something was apparently said and had to be restrained.
"Yeah, something was said," Thornton told reporters after the game. "Obviously, I can’t swear when I talk to you guys. There was some stuff said that I'm not happy about. I'm going to find out who it was and I will deal with it in my own way."
Thornton, who said he received "around 40 stitches," added that referee Don Van Massenhoven also heard what was said by the mystery chirper.
"He was pissed too," Thornton said. "He didn’t know who it was either. He actually yelled at their bench (and) I appreciate it.
"Those guys on their team chirp a lot. I don’t know if it's right when someone’s face is half across the other side of their face. But it's a tough game and people have to live with their actions. If you guys ever find out who it is, don’t be afraid to send me a Christmas card."
Earlier this season, the Flames' Brendan Morrison was upset with several of the Hawks after the veteran injured his left knee March 2 on a hit by Niklas Hjalmarsson. Morrison labored while getting off the ice and said Hawks players taunted him from the bench.
"It wasn't easy getting off," Morrison told the Calgary Herald. "What was a little disappointing was guys from the Chicago bench being a little disrespectful. That was uncalled for. I don't know if they understood what was going on but some young guys on their team were standing up and yelling. I don't think it's very professional. But they'll learn."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun