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“I haven’t signed yet though. I’m kind of superstitious,” Thornton told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich Monday morning. “I’m sure it will happen today, so I’m ecstatic.”
When Toucher heard the news over the weekend, he shot Thornton a congratulatory text but did not receive a response. CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, in for a vacationing Rich, did the same, but received a response. Why is that?
“He’s trying to report on stuff, and we all know if he doesn’t have the facts straight what happens,” Thornton joked of his recent locker room ban on Haggerty for speculating the B’s merlot-liner had a concussion.
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The Bruins were able to bust out of their recent slump, at least for one day, with a 3-2 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in that game, something they hadn’t been able to do during their four-game losing streak.
“I wish I had the answer. I don’t know why we’re getting scored on first,” said Thornton. “Definitely the last game, guys were ready to play off the hop. We had a good start and just kept going from there.”
With the win, the Bruins reclaimed the two seed in the Eastern Conference after dropping to seventh thanks to a Ottawa Senators victory on Friday night. While winning the two seed would grant them home ice for at least two rounds, Thornton said having Ottawa on their heels will help motivate the team. And if they do fall in the standings before the playoffs begin, it’s not the end of the world.
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“It’s the playoffs so it shouldn’t matter; you should be able to play through anything,” said Thornton. “But it’s nice to start at home. You’re not on the road as much, especially for the first couple rounds. As you get longer in the playoffs it shouldn’t matter, you should show up to play no matter if it’s home or the road.”
As for the road, after Monday’s game against the Maple Leafs at the Garden, the Bruins head out West for three games in four nights starting Thursday in San Jose. With just 11 games left in the season, it is a little late for an Eastern team to head out West, but Thornton said the B’s won’t let that bother them.
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“I don’t mind where it is. It’s just the last few years it seems like they jammed three games in three and a half days essentially out there,’ he said. “It’s just kind of strange, seems like if you’re flying the 6 ½ hours out there, you’d get an extra day there to rest and enjoy it a little bit.”
How much has fatigue played in to the Bruins’ recent slump? And now that Thornton is about to be locked up, what does that mean for his fellow fourth-liners?