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Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘We like the group we have’

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton [1] talked with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about the NHL [2] trade deadline, his 100th fight and more. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page [3].

With the NHL [4] trade deadline looming, Thornton said that there hasn’t been as much discussion in the locker room because of the Olympic break.

“€œWe haven’t really talked about it much this year,”€ Thornton said. “I think €”because there hasn’t been a lot of chatter with the Olympics, it took a lot of focus away from the deadline. Usually there’€™s a two-week buildup to it, to be completely honest. This year you came out of the Olympics six days later. So there hasn’t been a lot of talk.”

Thornton likes the team and is fine with the way it is, but he knows there could be players traded by Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

“We’€™re a pretty good team, but I know that Peter [Chiarelli] is always looking to improve,” Thornton said. “And you can always get better, so we’€™ll see what happens by 3 today.”

Added Thornton: “We all really like each other, we like the group we have. We’€™re a pretty tight-knit group. We’€™re still winning some hockey games this year, so I’€™m OK with it.”

During Tuesday night’s 4-1 victory over the Panthers, Thornton got into his 100th career fight. The fight with Krys Barch was initiated to spark the team and stick up for Milan Lucic [5], who fought Barch in the first period.

“€œWe were kind of flat in the second period,” Thornton said. “Looch can handle himself, obviously, but I didn’t like that he went after Looch in the first shift. Krys Barch is a, he’€™s a really good guy. I played with him. … I actually kind of taught him how to fight 11 years ago in the minors.”

The Bruins’ top line of David Krejci [6], Jarome Iginla and Lucic performed very well on Tuesday with Krejci recording a hat trick and Iginla scoring the fourth goal. Thornton noted that the trio is unlike any other in the NHL [2].

“€œWe rely heavily on those guys and they consistently perform,”€ Thornton said. “And it’€™s funny because if there’s one game where they don’t get a point it’s like the sky’s falling. Everyone’€™s chirping. They’ve been unbelievable for us all year. … They bring things to the table that other teams don’€™t have. You don’t have two power forwards that are that tough and score.”