Thornton injured in Scott fight, being evaluated

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Thornton injured in Scott fight, being evaluated

Shawn Thornton takes his duties as an enforcer for the Boston Bruins very seriously, so Thursdays anticipated tilt against the bigger, tougher Buffalo Sabres was no different.It was assumed that No. 22 would be addressing things with new Buffalo tough guy John Scott after the 6-foot-8, 260-pound Scott had voiced a desire to stop the bullying act that the Black and Gold had been pulling on the Sabres over the last couple of years.
So Thornton and Scott had a few words during the pre-game warm-up on the TD Garden ice and then dropped the gloves as soon as they were on the ice together for a face-off on their respective first shifts.
The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Thornton attempted to grab the monstrous Scott by the sweater and grapple with him in tight quarters as he did when facing Derek Boogaard several years ago, but Scott clocked Thornton in the head and face with a series of overhand right punches before the Bs tough guy finally dropped to the ice. Thornton looked wobbly on his legs as he headed to the penalty box afterward.
The Sabres behemoth said he was trying to send a message to a Bruins team that tormented his club last season, and his nights work was essentially over totaling only 4:28 of ice time for the game.
Going into this game there was a lot of hype around what happened last year, said Scott, referencing the LucicMiller collision. So I kind of just wanted to set the tone and say, Okay were here to play. It happened out that I came out on the fight.
Regardless of the outcome I just want to be there for my teammates and let them know Im here to fight, Ive got your back. Last years not going to happen like this year.
Both players retreated to the penalty box and then Thornton headed straight for the Bruins dressing room and did not return to the game. There was no update following the game about Thorntons condition.
Well know more tomorrow, said Claude Julien, who also added that Daniel Paille never returned to the game after taking a high-stick to the face in the third period. Hes being evaluated, until we get a definite answer there is nothing more.
It stands to reason that Thornton suffered an injury related to the punches the powerful Scott landed on the left winger, and his teammates appreciated the sacrifices he makes to protect the rest of them.
Hes been a great team guy here for the last six years, and he takes a lot of pride in what he does sticking up for himself and his teammates. Hes a great team guy, said Lucic.
Hes an important person to this hockey club. It was unfortunate that he missed the rest of the game after that, but knowing him... hes a tough guy and hell try to get back as soon as he can.
The Bruins hope that Thornton can return sooner rather than later, and should have more information on his condition Friday.

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days


The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.