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Stitches Out, Thornton Expected To Play

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Shawn Thornton lies on the ice after hitting the skate from Fernando Pisani of the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period on March 29, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Shawn Thornton lies on the ice after hitting the skate from Fernando Pisani of the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period on March 29, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The stitches are out, the visor is gone, and Shawn Thornton is ready to return to the Bruins.

A week after taking a skate to the face and receiving over 40 stitches above his right eye, Thornton is expected to return Wednesday night when the B’s host the New York Islanders, according to the team’s website.

“I think he’s ready to go,” coach Claude Julien said Wednesday morning. “He’s had the stitches out so we’ll make a couple other decisions before the game.”

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Julien was referring the a healthy scratch the Bruins will have to make in order to make room for Thornton. It could be rookie Tyler Seguin, who GM Peter Chiarelli said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich Wednesday will likely be the odd man out in the playoffs.

Thornton will not wear a visor on his helmet, keeping up his “tough guy” image.  The seven-year veteran has set new career highs with nine goals and 18 points for the Bruins this season.

Tune in to the Bruins-Islanders game on 98.5 The Sports Hub Wednesday night starting at 6:30 p.m. with the Dunkin Donuts Bruins Pregame show.

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