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Shawn Thornton on D&C: Bruins have to ‘win one game twice’

06.24.13 at 10:15 am ET
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about the Bruins’€™ mindset entering a Game 6 elimination game.

With potentially one game left in the season, Thornton said the Bruins are going to need a sense of urgency in order to keep the Blackhawks from raising the Stanley Cup in Boston.

‘€œIt is human nature,’€ Thornton said. ‘€œThe survival instinct kind of kicks in. Whether you notice it or not while you are out there, I think you give a little bit more. That’€™s why they always say the last game is the toughest game to get. Let’€™s hope that is the case again tonight for us.’€

The Bruins were in this situation in 2011, as they topped the Canucks, 5-2, in Boston before winning Game 7 on the road, 4-0. While Thornton said the B’s have confidence that they can stave off elimination thanks to that prior experience, that doesn’€™t help them win unless the sense of urgency shows itself.

‘€œWe know that we have done it before, so the experience helps give you that knowledge that it can be done,’€ Thornton said. ‘€œBut at the end of the day, what we did before doesn’€™t really matter if we don’€™t bring it on the ice. We’€™ve got to go play a hockey game, like you said.

‘€œWe kind of approach it as you’€™ve got to win one game twice. So, tonight, just focus on winning tonight and once you get to a Game 7, if you get to a Game 7, it is a whole different ballgame. So we are focused on just winning tonight. Win one game.’€

With the series on the line, Thornton said he expects Claude Julien‘€™s pregame speech to be more of a motivational one. At the same time, Thornton said that extra motivation already will be there for the Bruins.

‘€œI’€™m sure tonight it will be a little bit more than just the X’s and O’s,’€ Thornton said. ‘€œI don’€™t know yet. I don’€™t know if it will be a [Vince Lombardi] speech, but I think there will be a little bit of chatter. You shouldn’€™t have to do that at this stage of the playoffs, either, though. If you can’€™t motivate yourself to get up for a Game 6 elimination game in the Stanley Cup finals, I think you’€™re in the wrong business.’€

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.

On if Jonathan Toews can fool the concussion doctor: ‘€œIf it was a head — yes, he can. If it’€™s mild. If it’€™s big, you can’€™t get through, but if it’€™s mild you just have a little bit of a headache. I’€™m not even sure of the protocol anymore. It used to be seven days, but I don’€™t think it is anymore. I think you’€™ve just got to pass the test. You kind of play it by how you feel, and if you can go, you can go. I still haven’€™t seen the hit and I don’€™t remember it during the game — I must have been having a drink of water or something — it could be upper body, too, I’€™m told.’€

On if he expects more from Tyler Seguin: ‘€œYeah, I mean, of course. He is a little bit snakebitten. I think he has had 70-something shots. For a player of his caliber, that puck usually goes in every 10 or so shots. A little bit of it is luck and a little bit of it is earlier, that first little bit, getting into those dirty areas. But since he has been put on that line with [Chris Kelly] and [Daniel Paille] he was getting in there and doing work and he wasn’€™t scoring the goals but he was helping out on them. As long as he is helping out, that’€™s what we need.’€

On if bad ice helps the Bruins: ‘€œI know it definitely helps me. Everybody looks like me out there. It’€™s funny, when you get into the ice topic it’€™s the same for both teams. You get some funny bounces when the ice is that bad and you never know — you kind of put yourself to the hockey gods there. You never know who is going to get that bounce and it could go either way. Are they more of a transition, speed team? Probably, yeah. But that being said, we try to be more of an offensive zone, puck-possession team when we are down there. If you have bad ice in the offensive zone, you could miss a bounce here and there also.’€

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