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Shawn Thornton on D&C: You feel rivalry with Montreal ‘once you put your jersey on’

04.28.14 at 11:11 am ET
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday to talk about the team’€™s win over the Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs and its upcoming series with the Canadiens. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Bruins clinched a trip to the second round after defeating the Red Wings in five games. In Game 5, Zdeno Chara gave Boston a lead that it would not give up when he made it a 2-1 game with four seconds left in the second.

“That was a huge goal for us,” Thornton said. “The timing was unbelievable. I think he, obviously, tried to put it through the back of the net, but with [four] seconds left in the period put us back up. I think that was a real kick start for us.”

With the win, the Bruins will move on to play a heated rival — the Canadiens.

“You feel (the rivalry) once you put your jersey on the first time going to the rink or the first time they come to you,” Thornton said. “The way both cities are into it, the history of it, you embrace it. It’€™s a fun rivalry.

“I think Montreal’€™s very, very opportunistic with their goal-scoring ability. I think — from what I can remember — they’€™re very dangerous around the net. They have guys who put the puck in. They have tall, speedy guys. Their (general manager) Marc Bergevin has done a pretty good job with getting them a little bit of sand paper and grit in the last year too, trying to not be all speedy guys. They’€™re a well built team.”

Thornton added that while Montreal’€™s Bell Centre is one of the most challenging buildings to play in, he also enjoys the atmosphere.

“Their crowd’€™s on top of you, somehow. And every once and awhile, they can force a ref into calling penalties,” Thornton said. “It’€™s not the easiest building, but it’€™s almost the most fun place to play on the road too because you can feed off the energy in there. … It’€™s got a good energy, and you can feed off it from both sides, I think.”

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