For much of the first couple months of this season, Gregory Campbell’s line was setting the standard for the Bruins’ other trios to aspire to in terms of work ethic and creating offensive chances.
Well now it looks like the line of Campbell, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille in the role that was once filled by Brad Marchand, is finishing the season the same way.
Campbell and Thornton both scored goals in the Bruins’ 3-2 win tonight over the New York Islanders at TD Garden. The victory keeps alive the chance for the Bruins to finish second in the Eastern Conference.
Thornton made his return to the lineup after three games out with a 40-something-stitch cut above his right eye. His goal was the 10th of the year, giving the Bruins two players (along with Campbell) with double-digit goal and fight totals.
Campbell and Paille were plus-2 on the night, while Thornton was plus-1.
Here’s a look at the rest of the box score:
•Dennis Seidenberg scored the Bruins’ third goal with the help of Chris Kelly’s line. Kelly made the pass back to the right point and Rich Peverley and Michael Ryder screened goaltender Rick DiPietro. However, later in the game head coach Claude Julien shook things up by swapping Kelly and David Krejci’s spot in the lineup.
•Goaltender Tim Thomas continued his assault on the all-time save percentage record with 30 saves on 32 shots. His save percentage stays at .938. Dominik Hasek’s single-season record is .937.
•Peverley won seven of nine faceoffs.