Blackhawks ignore Shawn Thornton

Updated: March 31, 2011, 5:02 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are brushing off comments by Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton that they're a team that likes to "chirp" on the bench and ice.

John Scott He's going after some of our littlest guys on our team. He's trying to challenge [Fernando] Pisani to a fight. What's that say about him? Mr. tough guy, trying to challenge Pisani. If I'm in the lineup he's more than welcome to come and chirp me. I'll kick the [expletive] out of him.

-- John Scott

"I would say we're pretty quiet on the bench," coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Thursday. "I would say I yell a lot, not at the other players."

Thornton was angry at someone on the Blackhawks bench during Tuesday's 3-0 win over Chicago after he was cut in the forehead by a skate. As he left the ice, bleeding, he heard some comments from the bench, which got him fired up. He made a move toward the bench, but was restrained.

"Something was said," Thornton said after the game. "Obviously I can't swear when I talk to [the media]. 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."

The Blackhawks weren't forthcoming Thursday with the exact comments that angered Thornton, but they brushed off his criticism.

"Someone said something to him," said Bryan Bickell, who works out with Thornton in the offseason. "Hopefully he's all right. I guess there were some words. I didn't hear it or who did it. It's all in good fun. There are times it gets heated, but I don't think our team is any different from any other team."

Enforcer John Scott called Thornton a stand-up guy until he was informed Thornton said "those guys on their team chirp a lot."

"He said that?" Scott said. "That's fine. He can say what he wants.

"He's going after some of our littlest guys on our team. He's trying to challenge [Fernando] Pisani to a fight. What's that say about him? Mr. Tough Guy, trying to challenge Pisani. If I'm in the lineup, he's more than welcome to come and chirp at me. I'll kick the [expletive] out of him."

Scott called chirping "fair game" but acknowledged saying something to a guy as he's bleeding from his head -- the cut required 40 stitches -- might not be the right thing to do.

"I don't know if I'd do that," Scott said. "Thornton is kind of a stand-up guy. I saw it but I don't know who said anything. He was kind of being cheap that game. He gets what comes to him."

It's not the first time an opponent accused the Blackhawks of needling an injured player. Calgary Flames center Brendan Morrison said the same thing happened to him when he was injured March 2 at United Center.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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