Former Boston Bruin Joe Thornton openly questioned the optics in the decision not to suspend Zdeno Chara.

Reflecting on why there was no supplemental discipline in the Chara hit, Thornton suggested the Boston Bruins get favourable treatment from the league.

"It's just something with Boston. It just seems like they have a horseshoe," Thornton said. "We've seen the [Milan] Lucic cross-check to the head of [Maxim Lapierre] earlier and there's no disciplinary thing.

"It's just something about Boston, and the disciplinary [decisions] are on their side. I'm not sure why that is.

I'm not assuming that Colin [Campbell's] kid is on the team and that's why, but it's really bizarre."

Thornton was referring to Gregory Campbell. Because his son plays on the Bruins, Colin Campbell, the NHL vice-president who handles discipline, recuses himself from decisions involving the Bruins.