WILMINGTON, Mass. — The David Krejci-less Bruins practiced again today at Ristuccia Arena before departing for Pittsburgh and their first game at the brand-new CONSOL Energy Center.
The last time the Bruins visited the Steel City, of course, Marc Savard suffered his serious concussion at the hands of Matt Cooke’s check to the head at the old Civic Arena.
That play helped spark the movement for a new league-wide rule against hits to the head and also caused a maelstrom about the Bruins’ lack of toughness. Some perceived Boston’s decision not to immediately retaliate against Cooke as a major sign of weakness.
Eventually, the Bruins and Penguins met again, this time in Boston. And Shawn Thornton answered the bell by fighting Cooke on his first shift of the night:
While Savard is out of the lineup again due to complications from that concussion after a brief return in the playoffs, Cooke is still skating a regular shift for the Pens after re-signing in the offseason. There could be opportunity for more revenge, but Bruins head coach Claude Julien believes his club has turned the page.
“I don’t think really, unless you guys ask those questions, it hasn’t been talked about,” said Julien after practice. “At one point, you have to move forward with your team and let things happen the way they should – simple as that. If we want to keep wanting the revenge here the next two, three years, I think we’re losing a lot of focus on what we have to do right now. If he reacts in a certain way that deserves retribution, we’ll deal with it then.”
As for Thornton, he makes less $1 million per season, so he decided to side-step any Cooke-themed questions as to avoid any monetary punishment from the NHL.
“I’m going to avoid the question all together,” he said.