Thornton, B's 4th line chipping in with pretty offense

Thornton, B's 4th line chipping in with pretty offense
October 20, 2013, 7:00 pm
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TAMPA BAY – Shawn Thornton made it a memorable capper to Saturday night’s shutout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and gave the Bruins vaunted fourth line their second goal in as many games.

Thornton came down the left wing with a head of steam in the opening seconds of the third period, and unleashed a rocket that clinked under the crossbar while making it a 5-0 final score for the Bruins over Tampa Bay at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Thornton was his sarcastic, funny self in explaining the goal after Boston’s most complete win of the season.

"I guess that proves that when I get a wide open look on a fresh sheet of ice that I'm an okay hockey player,” said Thornton with a big smile on his face. “I think we’ve put some pretty good efforts in the whole season.

“I think we were a little bit snake-bitten to start the year, so it was nice to goals in each of the last two games. [Paille] is definitely playing at the top of his game right now, and both of those goals are the product of his hard work.”

Daniel Paille led Thornton for the goal in Saturday night’s win over Tampa Bay, and it was Paille on the finishing end of Boston’s first goal in the Thursday win over the Florida Panthers. Dennis Seidenberg found Paille with a stretch pass on the left wing, and Paille flipped a shot over the blocker-side shoulder of Tim Thomas.

Though Gregory Campbell was the only Bruins forward without a point in Saturday’s win, the fourth line center instead dropped the gloves with B.J. Crombeen when the Tampa forward came looking to stir up his teammates with a fight in the first period. Bruins coach Claude Julien appreciated the energy and offense from his energy line, and also had a few critiques for his enforcer doubling as a goal-scorer.

“There is a tendency to listen to him for a long, long time [when he scores],” said Claude Julien. “There was the infamous one-legged [penalty] shot [against the Atlanta Thrashers], so we reminded him of that on the bench. Give him credit because it was a really nice shot. The style might have been questionable, but the style was good.”

There’s no doubt Thornton will add Thursday’s goal to the resume of offensive accomplishments he wheels out each time he tries to convince his head coach to put him in for the inevitable shootout in Boston’s future.