BOSTON - The Bruins didn't just escape Saturday's game with a win, but they escaped with a healthy Shawn Thornton.
There was a point in the third period where both looked to be in jeopardy.
With the Bruins down 2-1, Shawn Thornton went in to check P.K. Subban, who had just shot the puck down into the B's defensive end. As Thornton prepared to hit Subban, Subban ducked out of the way immediately after firing off his shot.
That sent Thornton's right knee awkwardly into Subban, with the rest of his body heading into the boards. Thornton went down and needed help off the ice, favoring his right leg. He would head back to the trainer's room in pain.
Shortly after, the Bruins gave up another goal and trailed, 3-1.
But good news was on the horizon. Thornton returned to the bench to a loud ovation midway through the third period, and the rest is history. The Bruins scored the game's final four goals and evened up the series.
"Went to go finish my check," Thornton said, "he [P.K. Subban] ducked, kind of hit awkwardly, and a little pain. Had to get it checked before I came back out."
Thornton finished the game with just 3:42 of ice time but took three shots and gave out two hits.