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More Than Punch

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Last night the Bruins "merlot" line contributed two goals, two assists, fired six shots and blocked two more as the trio of left wing Daniel Paille, center Gregory Campbell and right wing Shawn Thornton helped the B's bounce back from a disappointing appearance on Broadway with a 3-2 revival against the Islanders.


Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton, right, celebrates his goal with teammates Gregory Campbell, left, and Tomas Kaberle, of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in Boston on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
"Well, we just try to keep it simple and provide energy for the team," said Campbell (1-1-2, +2 on the night). "Our job is not very complicated.

"We have to work hard, we have to be first on every puck and create chances and be strong defensively.

"I felt like there was a little chemistry with us tonight and we were fortunate enough to be able to put some in," he said.

The Bruins were very fortunate that Campbell and Co. were able to provide a spark on the scoreboard as the Isles' Michael Grabner scored a power play tally and added a shorthanded goal during the second period.

However, it was Campbell's goal at 9:09 of the second that proved to be the game-winner.

"We want to contribute," said Campbell. "There’s a lot of guys on this team that are capable of being put in those situations.

"When our names are called, it’s a little extra motivation to go out there and do whatever it takes to get the job done."

Thornton fits that bill very nicely. Still wearing stitches and a scar, the B's bruiser came back onto the roster with a vengence.

"He was excited to be back, you could tell that," said Campbell of his linemate. "He had a couple extra jumps in his step, and he was good for our line.

"He added a lot of energy and it’s nice to see him rewarded. We get a lot of chances and it’s not often that they go in, so it was nice to see that."

Thornton (1 goal, 1 hit, +1), who had missed three games due to a 40-stitch facial laceration suffered during the B's 3-0 win over Chicago on March 29, was simply happy to be back in the lineup.

"It felt good to get back in there," he said. "I guess I have to credit our assistant coaches for getting my hands going while I was gone and Tuukka Rask for letting me score on him for the last week."

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, left, watches as teammates Adam McQuaid (54); Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany; and Daniel Paille (20) reach up for a flying puck as they defend against New York Islanders left wing Matt Moulson (26) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Thornton was being modest -- his goal at 19:59 of the first gave the B's their initial spark.

"Our line did a [heck] of a job tonight. Piesie and Soup were all over the puck on that goal," said Thornton of the rebound he put past Islander goalie Rick DiPietro with .1 left on the clock in the first.

"[It was] just a lot of hard work from those guys and the puck ended up popping out to me at the back door.

"It wasn’t that tough. Piesie made a great play there."

Paille (1 assist, 1 steal, 1 blocked shot, +2), who is 2-1-3 in his last three games, has been making a lot of great plays and was singled out for special recognition postgame.

"How about that block at the end by Dan Paille?" asked Julien rhetorically of a key blocked shot by the winger late in the third.

"Hopefully that doesn’t go unnoticed, because it didn’t from our end of it."

"I think people haven’t talked much about him this year because he’s been in and out of our lineup and has had a trying year, but he’s getting a lot of attention now because of his play," added Julien. "Obviously his patience and sticking with it and taking advantage of the opportunity we’ve given him lately is paying off."

Julien said his energy line was providing momentum and much more on Wednesday and he hoped the rest of his roster would follow suit soon.

"Just the commitment from those guys, that’s probably one of the positive things that really came out of tonight," said the B's head coach on a night where he wasn't pleased with much of his lineup. "If you can get that kind of effort and production from that fourth line, imagine if the other lines [get] going how good we can be.

"So, hopefully the other guys jump on board here and give us what they can," he said.

"With the fourth line playing like they did tonight, it just makes us that much better."
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