BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins were able to hold on and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Tuesday night to end a two game skid and are back home to host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night at the Garden.

With just 17 games remaining in the NHL season, March is not just a big month for college basketball.

“Once you get into March it’s starting to gear up for the big dance. We’re in the stretch run now,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich Thursday morning. “You can kind of see the end of the road so we’re starting to get it going.”

“The last little bit we’re back to playing the way we need to play,” Thornton said of the B’s, who are currently second in the Eastern Conference, and three points up on Ottawa in the Northeast Division. “Obviously we’ve given up a few too many goals, but as far as system-wise and the way we’ve been playing it’s been much, much better. We’re heading in the right direction for sure.”

The B’s have gotten a boost from second-year forward Jordan Caron as of late, who has three goals and two assists in the last two games.

“In New York I think he was the best player on the ice for both teams,” said Thornton. “It’s the best I’ve ever seen him play and then he carried it into Toronto. He’s rolling right now, which is good to see. We’ve needed some secondary scoring because it’s not coming from our line right now. I’m glad he’s had some success the last two games and put the puck in the net.”

On the other side of the ice, Thornton said the Bruins are playing well defensively, but aren’t getting the bounces to go in their direction at the moment.

“I don’t know exactly what’s going on. We’ve limited chances but sometimes they just go in,’ he said. “Right now that’s kind of the way it is. I’m very confident that won’t be our Achilles heel. We’re pretty good at keeping the puck out of the net. I was more concerned with the way we were playing.”

Thornton also spoke with Fred about his visit to the locker room last week. Fred broke the golden rule, which is do not step on the giant spoked B on the carpet in the middle of the Bruins locker room.

“That’s a no-no. I’m surprised you made it out alive,” said Thornton.

“I was lucky to get out without the ire of someone from the team,” said Fred, who was alerted of his no-no by fellow media members.

The gang also talked about the fights from the last week, including a few that Thornton did not have to partake in.

“It’s not WWE, we don’t have to wrestle every time we’re out there together,” Thornton said about having no bouts during the B’s 4-3 loss to the Rangers. “Other guys stood up and took care of things. I got a night off, which was nice.”

Check out the Shawn Thornton vs Jay Rosehill fight from Tuesday night.

Check out the Dennis Seidenberg vs Colby Armstrong fight from Tuesday night.

Also, is Thornton the “Godfather” of the Bruins?



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