Joe Thornton  can’t help but remember the last time he was in Boston. Though he’d like to forget.
It was Jan. 10, 2006, less than two months after he was dealt to the San Jose Sharks  in a blockbuster trade by then Bruins general manager Mike O’Connell.
He logged exactly 2 minutes, 10 seconds of ice time before taking a elbowing penalty at 5:13 of the opening period. That bad-boy behavior also carried with it a game misconduct and it was nitey-nite for Jumbo Joe, in his much anticipated return.
“I really don’t remember too much,” Thornton said this morning  while surrounded by 25 reporters in the visitors’ locker room at TD Banknorth Garden . “I just remember going through warm-up and then I was out of the game, pretty much. I had a great warm-up and I thought I was ready for the game and I remember we won the game, actually, that’s the only thing I remember. But I don’t remember too much on the ice because I wasn’t on it long enough to remember anything.”
He hopes to have a better return tonight.
“It’s super for hockey,” Thornton said of the matchup between the top two teams in the NHL . “To have a game like this in mid-February that has so much buzz around it is good for the game and good for hockey.”
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