Boulton: “Who is Nate Thompson?”

Eric Boulton denied the accusation of Tampa Bay center Nate Thompson that the Thrashers forward intentionally delivered a knee-to-knee hit late in the third period of Wednesday’s game.

“Who is Nate Thompson?” Boulton asked Saturday.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher said Thompson suffered a hyper-extension of this left knee. He sat out the team’s practice Thursday and was listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against Buffalo.

“It was 100 percent unintentional,” Boulton said. “He comes out in the paper and blasts me. Basically, I’ll do my talking on the ice. If he wants to start something he can’t finish, then he can go ahead and do that.”

After watching a video of the hit, Thompson told the St. Pete Times, “It was awful. I mean, I’m by the guy. You can see on the replay he purposefully puts his knee out and barely misses with an elbow, too. I’m not really too surprised. Eric Boulton, not the best player in the world. He’s got to compensate for sticking his knee out when I’m by him with 10 seconds left in the game.”

The Lightning won 2-1 in a shootout.

Boulton was not called for a penalty on the play. The NHL has taken no action following the hit.

The teams play again on Dec. 26 in Atlanta.

27 comments Add your comment

Nate Thompson

December 18th, 2010
1:16 pm

I’m a cry baby.


December 18th, 2010
1:21 pm

He must have read Sidney Crosbys book “How to whine in hockey and influence refs”.

Nate Thompson

December 18th, 2010
1:24 pm

AAHHHHHH…the sand is my vagina is sooo painful!!!!!!!!

Kaner #9

December 18th, 2010
1:35 pm

Bolts is not a dirty player. Sounds like this guy is a little sensitive.


December 18th, 2010
1:38 pm

LOLOLOLOL … “Who is Nate Thompson?” Answer: “Who is Eric Boulton?”


December 18th, 2010
1:54 pm

Boults isn’t subtle if he’s got a problem with a player. Geez, Nate…take a look at Boults would just drop the gloves if he wanted to hurt you.

But hey, good way to get yourself some free press.

See you again on Dec 26th, big man. You can take it up with Boulton then. heh heh heh

Brett Buckwald

December 18th, 2010
2:17 pm

Eric Boulton is a middleweight who takes on all the heavyweights in the league.
He has never whined once in his ten plus year career who does the job the coaches
ask of him. For the clown who asked who Boulton is, you need to read hockey 101
before you make an ignorant comment.


December 18th, 2010
2:33 pm

I love Boulton!!

No way Thompson would ever fight him


December 18th, 2010
2:47 pm

Nate, have you seen your stats lately? You’re not the best player out there; in fact, you suck. Can’t score, can’t hit, and we’ll see on dec. 26 if you can fight. I doubt it though.

Eric Boulton

December 18th, 2010
6:46 pm

I didn’t knee intentionally…I’m just slow. I was glad I did it because Thompson is an excellent penalty killer and face off man, and I can goon it up in the papers. I hate the Lightning because they have beaten us the last 8 times. This last lost was especially painful for us and our fans. A very frustrating lost in an important game. I hate to see the Lightning’s Stanley Cup banner, and then go home to our empty rafters. I guess it will be 9 in row on Dec 26 because they have our number.


December 18th, 2010
6:56 pm

Really Mark?? Thompson with 5 goals and 8 assists, while Boulton
Has a whopping goal and 3 assists. Do a little research. GO BOLTS!!

Eric Boulton

December 18th, 2010
10:21 pm

Has Thompson ever had a hat trick before? No didn’t think so. GO THRASHERS 7-1 ova devils, 1ST place in southeast suck on that BOLTS!

Thrashers rule

December 18th, 2010
10:24 pm

Nate Thompson learned how to be a whiney girl from cindy crosby. Go thrashers! Thompson be a man go fight boulton. Oh, wait he wouldnt win cuz he’s a whiney girl like crosby!

Thrashers rule

December 18th, 2010
10:26 pm

Bolts are little girls. Especially natalie thompson! Boulton is da man!!!!! GO THRASHERS 1ST PLACE BABY!

Thrashers rule

December 18th, 2010
10:30 pm

Thompson looks like a little pu$$y. Boulton can KO that whiner. Dec 26 look forward to the abuse natalie will take from boulton.

Thrashers rule

December 18th, 2010
10:40 pm

Boulton is a bruiser. His stats don’t need to be padded. But what about Natalie Thompson? He’s not a bruiser, he’s definitely not a playmaker, not a good passer, and he’ll get his butt kicked soon. Haha enjoy the time you have left to live before you get K.O.ed in the face Natalie!


December 18th, 2010
11:18 pm

Elliott, Nate had a total of 4 NHL goals in his career and 14 points total prior to this year. He’s not exactly lighting the lamp when he’s on the ice. Now Boults with a hat trick; that’s a different story. Haha


December 19th, 2010
12:37 am

No, seriously – who is Nate Thompson?

English Teacher

December 19th, 2010
12:36 pm

Eric Boulton

December 19th, 2010
1:14 pm

Thank you Thrashers Rule. You are epotime of Thrashers fans. I know you and the 300 other fans who came to our bannerless arena enjoyed the game.


December 19th, 2010
3:06 pm

Anybody have an idea what an “epotime” is?

Joe McGrath Jr.

December 19th, 2010
9:43 pm

@Curious Might be an accidental misspelling of epitome.

Zombie Steve

December 20th, 2010
11:01 am

Hey fake Eric Boulton aka Pathetic Tampa fan – who was the guy responsible for getting your precious Bolts a Stanley Cup??

Oh right! He’s our coach now.

Donald Brashear

December 21st, 2010
12:17 pm

Wow, Boulton goes down pretty easy! I can’t take all of the credit. Colton Orr softened him up pretty good for me. I don’t think he has been the same since Colton one punched him to the ice. Beat him so bad that Boulton’s brain is fried enough to cheap shot Paul Ranger as lightning are kicking the Thrashers asses 6-0.

B. Thenet

December 21st, 2010
6:54 pm

Well it is nice to see that the Lightning have managed to get over Omark doing a 360 at center ice before scoring a SO goal.

Guy Boucher and Stevie Y are really doing well at establishing a crybaby mentality in that soft defenseless team.

please shut up

December 22nd, 2010
7:15 am

Tampa has no one who can even hold a candle to Boulton..they don;t even have a good middle-weight..let alone a heavyweight. Thompson is barely a middleweight, he must be suicidal..Boulton takes that as a challenge and he’ll be there Sunday, no where to hide then Thompson.


December 23rd, 2010
11:11 am

what a baby >_>