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Complacency is the Enemy

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Count Shawn Thornton amongst the Bruins veterans who are determined to keep any complacency from creeping into Boston's game against New York.

Reminded that tonight's showdown in the Garden bears the template of a game in which the Black & Gold would've had a letdown during stretches of last season, Thornton chucked, wryly, and said, "There wasn't too many home games that were, I guess, positives last year.

"But things have been going good so far this year.

"We have to be careful not to get complacent, that's for sure," he said.

Thornton scored his first goal of the season (and first since 2009) versus New Jersey knows how important it is for everyone in the lineup to contribute. The B's beat cop said that he and the other veterans have started talking about the kind of consistent effort that's necessary for the B's to continue their winning ways.

"There's been a little bit [already]," said Thornton. "And I'm sure there will be [more] before the night's up.

"As you can see, we had an optional skate today...but as we get closer to [game time] I'm sure it will [increase]."

Thornton said that he and his own line would try to set a good example versus the Rangers.

"You stick with the same things," he said. "Just keep working hard and getting pucks deep and trying to grind it out.

"When we are working hard and working smart then we are effective.

"If we start doing things that really don't suit us as players, trying to do a little bit too much, we are not successful," said Thornton.

Although the Rangers are 2-2-1, Thornton said that New York represented a real challenge for Boston (4-1-0).

"They are a good team," said Shawn. "Their goalie is obviously one of the best in the game and I don't think their record is indicative of the team they have on board over there, so it's going to be another tough match for us.

"We're going to have to bring everything we have."
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