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The Bruins forward received 40+ stitches over his right eye Tuesday night after taking the blade of Blackhawks Fernando Pisani’s skate to the forehead. He practiced with the team Thursday morning with a new protective visor on his helmet, but did not receive clearance from the Bruins medical staff.
On his weekly call in to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich Thursday morning, Thornton said he felt fine but the Bruins will most likely start resting players with the playoffs approaching.
With a win over the Leafs, the Bruins can clinch the Northeast Division and lock up at least the three-seed in the Eastern Conference.