Lucic and Thornton have quickly become fan favorites. (Photo: Steve Babineau)
Boston, MA -
The original Boston Garden used to be a good place to come and watch a boxing match, and Saturday afternoon it seemed like the Boston Bruins were trying to bring some of the old fight back into the TD Banknorth Garden.
In their 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, B's rookie Milan Lucic
and veteran tough guy Shawn Thornton
did what they could to bring the crowd and the team back into the game.
"I think (the fights) help a lot," Lucic said. "If the crowd has emotion and they are being loud, then the team has to respond and build off of it. So it really helps when they are yelling and screaming. It makes us more motivated to play."
Thornton agreed with Lucic, however his own fight with Blues' left-winger Dwayne King might have been a little more personal -- especially since he had been out of the lineup since November 4th, enduring his longest layoff since turning pro.
“We fought last year,” explained Thornton of King. “And he probably got the upper hand on me then, so I kind of wanted to redeem myself.
"And I needed a fight, it has been awhile (and) we were down one-nothing so I wanted to get the guys going."
Lucic was also attempting to stick up for a teammate. The Blues’ Jackman had been throwing their weight around continuously for a whole shift, and Lucic let him know that the B’s wouldn’t stand for that.
“He was crushing (us),” he said. “After that, I had the big hit on him, and he didn't like it, so he stood up for himself. You have to have respect for a guy who does that…
"It was probably my most technical fight of the year. Obviously, Jackman is a pretty tough guy. He has fought a lot so he knew what he was doing and it ended up being a pretty good fight."
Today, Thornton didn't think about technique as much as Lucic.
"King is a very strong guy,” Thornton said. “But I don’t think about the technique at all, I just try to make sure that I don’t get my head taken off. Everyone seems to be a lot bigger than me."
Thornton and Lucic both held their own this afternoon in front of the home crowd, but now it is time to take the show on the road for a one game trip to Pittsburgh.
"I think we did some pretty good things today,” Lucic said. “We just have to put this one behind us and not dwell on it too much. We have to move on and start focusing on the next game because (last time out) we showed that we could be a good team against the Pittsburgh Penguins."
Thorton agrees, "I thought we had some chances tonight. We played pretty solid, but we obviously didn't get the result we wanted … Tomorrow is a big game, it is another team on the East side, so we have to bring everything we have and bounce back."