Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘We plan on it being a long series’
|05.07.14 at 11:12 am ET|
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to discuss Boston’s 4-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Bruins once again got off to a slow start in Game 3, as Boston trailed 3-0 before finally getting on the board with a little over two minutes remaining in the second period thanks to a goal from Patrice Bergeron.
“I think it’s just uncharacteristic,” Thornton said. “I know the one coming out of the power play, maybe you should be aware of the clock, but it looked like we were in control. Yelling from the bench, you actually can’t hear it, to be completely honest. That’s one of the home-ice advantages, I guess. It’s just a couple of plays that were maybe a little uncharacteristic of us and end up in the back of our net. Give them credit, they capitalized on the chances that we gave them.”
Bruins netminder Tukka Rask once again took the loss after stopping 21 of 24 shots on the night. Rask has allowed nine goals in three games during the series.
“He’ll be good. He’s done a good job. His whole career, he’s been a really good professional — just banking things, knowing it happened and then moving on to the next one,” Thornton said, adding: “He’s just one of the best team guys that I’ve seen as a goalie. He’ll be great today, he’ll be focused on tomorrow. It’s 2-1, it’s not the start we wanted, but we plan on it being a long series.”
Thornton said the team’s usual stout defense should once again be present on the ice in Game 4.
“It’s more about just playing our game. … We had some chances and we had some sustained pressure and all that, but we are very strong defensively and we don’t normally give up backdoor passes or two or three breakaways a game. That just doesn’t happen with us,” he said.
Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.
On how the Bruins can try to contain P.K. Subban: “We’ve talked about getting in lanes and not letting him get a shot through. … His first goal, he zipped it through four guys. It had eyes and he found a lane. He’s a good player. With no more two-line pass and all that stuff, you can’t really shadow guys anymore. There’s no more obstruction — the game has changed past that. We have systems in place so that it shouldn’t matter who’s out there. If we’re playing properly and putting pucks into areas where we can get them back and control the puck, then we should have more success.”
On the Bruins getting out-hit 36-31 in Game 3: “I think last night there were too many times where we dumped pucks into areas that weren’t in areas where we could finish checks. We gave a lot of pucks to Carey Price, who’s a very underrated puck handler. … In Boston, we were getting on top of them as soon as the puck was getting there, and I don’t think we made good enough dumps in the last game.”
On the performances of the referees in the game: “I’m old school in that I’m a big fan of refs only calling blatant stuff in playoffs and just letting the teams figure it out and decide the outcome of the game, and I thought last night was definitely the best for that.”