Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘If you start believing your own hype, it comes back to bite you sometimes’
|04.18.14 at 9:47 am ET|
The Bruins will take on the Red Wings in Game 1 of the playoffs Friday evening at TD Garden.
“We like what we have,” Thornton said. “We said that at the deadline when people were talking about it. We like the group of guys we have. We like the room, how it’s made up, so hopefully that equates to some success here.”
Boston is favored in the matchup despite going 1-3 against the Red Wings during the regular season.
“If you start believing your own hype, it comes back to bite you sometimes,” Thornton said of the expectations for the Bruins.
Thornton added that it’s difficult to accurately predict the outcome of a hockey game.
“You put the work in and play the right way,” Thornton said. “You hope that you’re doing the right thing that will get you the win. We don’t really look at the big picture too much.
“You’re right, hockey is a sport that can go either way. Freaky things happen out there. … You just focus on playing our game and hopefully we get the win out of that.”
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On Jordan Caron: “We’ve played with him during the year. He’s a big body, good skater. He hasn’t played a whole lot of playoff games, but we have some chemistry — me and [Gregory Campbell] with him. He plays a straight-line game. It should be pretty good.”
On Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille: “They’re both really good players. They’re both really fast skaters. Their speed is a big attribute for us. I don’t know what’s going on there if they’re in or out.”
On the B’s needing hatred for the Red Wings to play at their best: “This time of year you shouldn’t need anything extra to motivate you. It’s playoffs. I think, like you said, we can play without [hatred]. If it happens, it happens. I like the way our team’s built. We can play any style game that way as far as we’re not going to get pushed around, but we’ve got a lot of skill that can play hockey, too.”