Thornton: Not as much hate with Canucks anymore

Thornton: Not as much hate with Canucks anymore
February 5, 2014, 2:45 am
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The Bruins beat the Canucks 3-1 at the TD Garden Tuesday night but it wasn't a game that will be remembered for its nastiness or intensity, unlike games between the two sides in the past.

Bruins winger Shawn Thornton joined Mike Felger and Tony Amonte on Postgame Live to discuss the game and how the Canucks might be a little different than they were a couple years ago.

"It wasn't as chippy as normal with those guys," Thornton said. "But their team has changed a little bit in the last couple of years. A new coaching staff, some new guys, maybe not as much hate as a couple years ago."

The Canucks aren't playing their best hockey right now, but the Bruins have hit their stride. It's about to be halted by the Olympic break, but they're going to finish strong leading up to it according to Thornton.

"We've been doing a pretty good job," Thornton said. "We know vacation time is on Sunday and not until then. We've been talking about it, we want to have a really good record going into the break over the last 10 games and so far we're making some really great strides. We also know that we have a really tough team in St. Louis coming up in a couple days, so we're focused for that one now after this big game against Vancouver."

Zdeno Chara won't be playing in that game against St. Louis. He's heading to Sochi early to prepare for the Opening Ceremonies, where he'll carry the flag for his country, Slovakia.

"It's great. That's a huge honor," Thornton said. "Once in a lifetime opportunity. He's very, very fortunate to be able to carry the flag for his country. So we're extremely happy for him and we couldn't be more proud."