Shawn Thornton is the definition of a Big Bad Bruin. When he deems that the Bruins need a rush of adrenaline, Thornton will find the biggest guy on the opposing team, and drop the gloves.
Such was the case on January 31st, 2013 against the Buffalo Sabers. Fans on both sides were expecting a fight when Claude Julien sat Chris Bourque in favor of the Providence Bruins tough guy Lane MacDermid. The Sabers were coming in with every intention to pummel the Bruins, still sore about the hit their goalie took by Lucic back in ’11. (Forget? Click here). The anticipation for a fight was in the air, and with 17minutes remaining in the first, they got what they wanted.
So when Thornton squared off against John Scott, the crowd reacted. Unfortunately Thornton took off a little more than he could chew (watch the beat down here). Scott landed approximately 10 hits on Thornton, at least 7 of them making solid contact with the side of Thornton’s head. Standing at 6’8″ and weighing 270lbs, Scott had 6 inches and 50 pounds over the Bruin.
After only playing 16seconds of the game, Thornton disappeared down the runway. He wasn’t the only one to take a beating as the Bruins fell to the Sabers 7-4.
Gregory Campbell stood behind his linemate in an interview with Caryn Switaj of the Boston Bruins organization. “I’ve sat there & watched Thorty do it over & over countless times. It takes a lot of courage to do what he does… I have the upmost respect for those guys” (@NHLBruins).
He wasn’t the only one to stand up for Thornton as Coach Julien added his two cents, “Scott did his job for them; Shawn did his job for us” (Switaj, @NHLBruins).
In the aftermath of the game, Thornton was evaluated to have a concussion and set to miss 7-10days. Monday February 4th, 2013 the @NHLBruins tweeted that “Thornton is symptom free and is feeling well… Skated earlier this morning and biked as well^CS”
Thornton should be cleared for returning to the game come this weekend when they take on Tampa Bay Lighting at home, 1pm Saturday, and the rematch against the Sabers in Buffalo Sunday the 10th at 7:00pm. Worthwhile of mention is the game Friday the 15th is also against the Sabers. This could turn into the rivalry that NESN has been trying to promote in its advertising.
After the lackluster games against Toronto and the Canadiens, the Bruins are missing their energy line. Thoughts go out the the boys, and hopefully everyone will be back come Saturday afternoon.
Keep it here for updates on the Bruisin’ Bruins as they fight to stay on top of the Northeast Division, and remain (as they are currently) at the top of the Eastern Conference.