Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘My teammates always are with me’
|05.13.14 at 10:43 am ET|
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning, after Monday’s disappointing 4-0 loss to the Canadiens in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Canadiens grabbed the lead when the Bruins misplayed a puck near the net and Lars Eller made them pay just 2:11 into the game.
“That first goal, two minutes in, we’re down by one with a very gratuitous bounce to them, then you’re battling back again,” Thornton said. “I felt like we were ready to go. I thought our first three shifts, we applied a lot of pressure, then that goal happens, they kind of picked the momentum up from there.
“I don’t know how many chances we had last night, but I felt like we had a lot of offensive-zone time, I felt like we had a lot of chances. Like [Milan Lucic] said, nine times out of 10 he buries that [shot he missed on an open net], and it’s 1-1 instead of being 2-0. Some things like that contributed to them winning last night. We’ve got to fight through that and bring it tomorrow.”
The teams will meet in Game 7 on Wednesday night in Boston.
“We’ve been there a lot in the last seven years that I’ve been here,” Thornton said. “You have to get your mindset in a place where you’re not squeezing your stick, but you know that every shift could be the deciding factor in whether you’re playing next week or sitting at home.
“I like that we have a group that’s been there a bunch now. That’s no guarantee, but I think we have a good, core group of guys that knows how to approach these games, and the coaching staff knows how to approach these games.”
Thornton played just 4:58 Monday, but he said he did not believe his limited ice time was related to the incident in Saturday’s Game 5 when he squirted water at Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, leading to a fine from the league. Bruins coach Claude Julien made it clear he did not approve of Thornton’s actions, but the veteran said he still has the support of his teammates.
“My teammates always are with me,” Thornton said. “It’s a nothing thing for us. It happens more than you’d like to think. They’re fine with it.”
Some Bruins players, including Zdeno Chara, were upset in the closing minutes of Monday’s game and took out their frustration on Canadiens players, appearing ready to start a rumble. Thornton said he does not expect that to have an effect on Wednesday’s game.
“I didn’t think it was going to explode,” Thornton said. “I didn’t see what set the big man off, but he doesn’t get upset too often, so I’m assuming something happened. And carrying into tomorrow — Game 7s, they’re pretty intense, I don’t think anyone needs any carryover or anything else. It’s pretty exciting to begin with.”
Fans at the Bell Centre threw drinks and other debris at the Bruins toward the end of the game. Thornton said he got hit on the bench by a two-dollar coin (which he gave to an assistant coach) but he managed to avoid a worse fate.
“Yeah, there was a lot of stuff,” he said. “I almost got hit with a bottle on the way off the ice. I saw it last second and kind of bobbed and weaved out of the way.”