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Thornton On Fight With Janssen: ‘Could Have Kept Going’

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Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins and Cam Janssen #25 of the New Jersey Devils fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Prudential Center on January 4, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins and Cam Janssen #25 of the New Jersey Devils fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Prudential Center on January 4, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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After a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars over the weekend the Bruins went into New Jersey Wednesday night and made easy work of the Devils winning 6-1. Tonight the B’s are back home to host the Calgary Flames before they host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton spoke with Toucher & Rich about last night’s fight with Cam Janssen, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur and a story about Claude Lemieux.

Thornton’s fight with Cam Janssen seemed to go on forever. Was it Janssen’s hope that Thornton would get tired and he would be able to capitalize?

“Yeah I’m assuming, but after sparring with my boxing coach for ten rounds in the summer you can’t be any more exhausted than that,” he said. “I’m pretty prepared for it, I was fine afterward I wasn’t really breathing heavy so we could have kept going.”

There is no question that Martin Brodeur will be a hall of famer when his career is over. The Bruins have seemed to have a lot of success against him especially last night. Is it his age catching up with him or do the Bruins just have his number?

“I wouldn’t read too much into last night’s game. We’ve been playing pretty well of late and we’ve scored some goals on some pretty good goalies around the league,” said Thornton.

Was last night’s game just a case of momentum feeding on itself?

“I think we’ve been pretty good this year,” said Thornton. “I mean we’ve learned from our mistakes that it’s not really over until it’s over. I think we’ve done a pretty good job if we’re up by one or two going into the third, or even tied, I think we’ve done a really good job of trying to close teams out instead of just sitting back to see what happens.”

TSN had an article about former NHL referee Kerry Fraser where he answered some questions about officiating. He told a story about Claude Lemieux complaining, and almost crying, during a game when opponent Matthew Barnaby was harassing him on the ice about his divorce.

Has Thornton ever heard of players crying to officials about trash talk?

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