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Inside the NHL’s process for player discipline

NEW YORK — As Shawn Thornton’s fist connected with the head of Brooks Orpik, a set of eyes watched from 200 miles away. On two screens, one with the Bruins’ NESN feed, one with the Penguins’ Root Sports feed, NHL Department of Player Safety coordinator Peter Draney saw the punches land.

Perhaps 10 minutes later, the e-mail went out.

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