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Shawn Thornton on Games 1 and 2: ‘I’m a little surprised at the outcome’

Posted By Mike Petraglia On June 4, 2013 @ 7:26 pm In General | 2 Comments

Shawn Thornton and the Bruins have been dressed for success so far against the Penguins. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

BEDFORD — Truth be told, no one, not even Bruins players and coaches could have imagined a 9-1 margin of victory in the first two games against the Penguins.

“I’m a little surprised at the outcome,” Shawn Thornton admitted on Tuesday morning at Hanscom Air Field as the Bruins returned home from Pittsburgh. “I thought the scores would be a little bit closer the last couple of games, but we’ll take it. It’s behind us now though. Now we start focusing on [Wednesday's] game.”

Thornton made it clear – just like he does on the ice – that the Bruins aren’t about to assume that Games 3 and 4 will be just as easy because Boston is on home ice.

“Definitely not,” Thornton said. “These next games will be a lot tougher, I’m sure. I think these guys are a very dangerous team. We’ve seen them score a lot of goals, so we’re a long ways from where we need to be.”

The Bruins have outworked, outmuscled and badly outplayed the Penguins in the first two games because of their work ethic.

“Work ethic obviously helps,” Thornton said. “We can’t take any nights off, that’s for sure. Not this time of year. So that will definitely contribute to success. But they’re going to be a lot better, so we’re going to have to look at some things. We’re going have to do better in some areas, too.”


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