VANCOUVER — The Bruins are in an interesting predicament with their lineup right now.
Taking care of my 7-month-old and traveling to Tampa today cut me out of the popular parlor game “guess which Bruins player sits after Patrice Bergeron returns.”
So forgive me for catching up with that now.
BOSTON — There’s no telling how many times he’s done it in the past, but Bruins winger Daniel Paille called his shot in the morning skate.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — In his four seasons with the Bruins, Shawn Thornton has become established as the type of leader that accentuates the positive in the dressing room during dire times.
According to the Bruins’ official Twitter feed, the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center’s “Child Life Services Activities,” “Shooting Stars” and “Very Important Brothers and Sisters” programs are $42,722.35 richer today thanks to Shawn Thornton and the “Cuts for a Cause” event.
Well, whoever was chirping from the Chicago bench at Bruins forward Shawn Thornton after he was cut by a skate blade March 29 at TD Garden better take some trash-talking lessons before attempting that act again.
For those with tickets to tonight’s glorified exhibition game at TD Garden, you should at least get to offer a hero’s welcome back to the lineup for winger Shawn Thornton.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — There’s no restriction on members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association nominating fighters for the Masterton Trophy.
It’s just that the “sportsmanship” aspect of the award tends to diminish the chances that players who drop the gloves will fit the criteria.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins forward Shawn Thornton practiced today without the shield that was protecting his 40-something-stitch cut above his right eye.
Once the playoffs get started next week, Bruins winger Shawn Thornton should be fully healed and cleared to play.
So time is running short for those players that want to be Boston’s 12th forward once Thornton is back in the lineup.
If there was a mathematical formula to determine dedication to the sport of hockey by comparing one’s effort to one’s monetary compensation, Shawn Thornton would probably boast the biggest gap.
Well, it looks like the war of words between Bruins forwad Shawn Thornton and the Chicago Blackhawks is going to last a little longer than first expected.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien said today that winger Shawn Thornton is not medically cleared to play tonight against Toronto at TD Garden.
BOSTON — As one of the most honest fighters in the entire NHL and a rare pugilist with the ability to also contribute on the score sheet, Bruins winger Shawn Thornton doesn’t have to do much more to improve his hockey cred.
If he wants to add to his street cred, however, he now has the perfect rap name.
BOSTON — Bruins forward Shawn Thornton started the season with seven goals in the first 33 games, and suddenly people were comparing him to the best snipers in the league instead of the top pugilists.