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

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 [1].

“I’€™m a little surprised at the outcome,” Shawn Thornton [2] 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 [1] 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.”