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Shawn Thornton on D&C: Tuukka Rask ‘unbelievable’ vs. Rangers

Posted By Jackson Alexander On November 20, 2013 @ 11:44 am In General | No Comments

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton [1] joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to discuss the team’€™s recent hot streak.

That streak includes a 2-1 win over the Rangers on the road Tuesday night. Thornton tallied the game’€™s first goal, his third of the season. He also scored against the Blue Jackets last Thursday. Despite the offensive outburst, he still recognizes his role as the team enforcer.

‘€œThat’€™s still my job, first and foremost,’€ Thornton said. ‘€œ[I’€™ve been] a little lucky the last few games, but I’€™ve still got my real job.’€

Linemate Daniel Paille [2] scored a shorthanded, game-winning goal in the second period.

‘€œAfter Paille scored that goal, it kind of gave us a little bit of a lift, and you tend to get pumped up when you see the grinders pop one shorthanded,’€ Thornton said.

In the last five games, the fourth line — Thornton, Paille and Gregory Campbell [3] has a combined four goals, three assists and 19 shots.

‘€œI always joke with the media that it doesn’€™t matter who’€™s on my line, we’€™re always the fourth line,’€ Thornton said. ‘€œI remember a few years ago, when [Blake] Wheeler was here, I got bumped up to play with [David] Krejci and Wheeler, but everyone just talked about how Wheeler and Krejci got demoted to the fourth line. It doesn’€™t matter who it is, if I’€™m on it, it’€™s still the fourth line.’€

While Thornton and Paille provided the offensive fireworks in Tuesday’€™s victory, goalie Tuukka Rask [4] shut down the Rangers. He allowed just one goal, and recorded 43 saves.

‘€œEvery time we play against those guys he’€™s unbelievable,’€ Thornton said. ‘€œI think he just really enjoys the challenge of facing Henrik Lundqvist [5]. He earned it last night, he was unbelievable.’€

Despite Thornton’€™s solid play of late, coach Claude Julien [6] opted to make him a healthy scratch for the Bruins’€™ 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Monday.

‘€œI don’€™t like sitting out, obviously, no one likes being the guy that’€™s the odd man out,’€ Thornton said. ‘€œHe told me that it wasn’€™t because of my play, that I’€™ve been playing pretty well, it’€™s just [Jordan] Caron was coming up on sitting out 10 games straight, I think, and he wanted to get him in. And Carolina didn’€™t really have an enforcer threat, so it was as good a time as any to try to get him back in the game.’€

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page [7]. For more Bruins news, go to the team page at weei.com/bruins [8].


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[1] Shawn Thornton: http://media.weei.com/hockey/shawn-thornton.htm

[2] Daniel Paille: http://media.weei.com/hockey/daniel-paille.htm

[3] Gregory Campbell: http://media.weei.com/hockey/gregory-campbell.htm

[4] Tuukka Rask: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tuukka-rask.htm

[5] Henrik Lundqvist: http://media.weei.com/hockey/henrik-lundqvist.htm

[6] Claude Julien: http://media.weei.com/hockey/claude-julien.htm

[7] Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page: http://audio.weei.com/a/84097098/shawn-thornton-i-am-always-a-fourth-liner.htm

[8] weei.com/bruins: http://www.weei.com/teams/bruins/home

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