Bruins' Shawn Thornton on team's confidence, consistency

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Bruins' Shawn Thornton on team's confidence, consistency

Shawn Thornton joined Mike Felger on the set of CSNNE's Cross Check as he will do every episode, to talk a bit about the team to this point in the season.

The B's are finding ways to win, and doing a ton of damage in the third period. They're outscoring opponents 16-5 in that third period, and Thornton says confidence is a big reason why.

"Guys have been pretty confident in the room even going into the third, talking about we can still do this," he said. "Nobody is hanging their head. It's a berry positive energy in there and I think that's kind of helped going into the third periods, whether w're up or we're down. We kind of just keep pushing along and hopefully it works out. It has lately, it might not be like that all year, but it has lately."

Thornton admits that the power play has struggled this season - and the team can't even get credit for one when it looks like they do score - but that wins regardless of how are more important than stats.

Check out the video for more, including why Arron Asham wouldn't fight Thornton.

Patriots training camp: Who will be this year's Zach Sudfeld?

Patriots training camp: Who will be this year's Zach Sudfeld?

Mike Giardi and Phil Perry continue their Countdown to Camp as they discuss several story lines that we will hear a lot of.

Jets coach Todd Bowles: 'Garoppolo can play'

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Jets coach Todd Bowles: 'Garoppolo can play'

The Jets don't have to play the Patriots during the first four weeks of the season, but they'll be watching as their division rivals go to work with Jimmy Garoppolo behind center. 

Jets head coach Todd Bowles is expecting more of the same from New England despite Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

"Garoppolo can play," Bowles told the New York Daily News. "They don't worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It's theirs until somebody takes it from them."

The Patriots haven't had a quarterback other than Brady take snaps of consequence since Brady tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2008 season. Garoppolo is still a relative unknown given his 31 total pass attempts over the last two years, but with coach Bill Belichick still on the sidelines, and Belichick's system still in place, Bowles is assuming the Patriots will be a very good team once again -- even without their best player for the first month of the season. 

"They got a good team," Bowles said. "It's not just us. It's everybody. We split 1-1 (against them last year). They're a tough team. They're a tough out. They've had a coach and a quarterback and a system in place for a long time. There's a bunch of ways to skin a cat. They've found pretty good ways to skin it. They do what they have to."