BOSTON, MA --
"Not good enough," was an angry Shawn Thornton
's explanation of the B's effort during their 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
"It's the same thing we’ve been talking about for the last however long," he said. "Absolutely fell asleep in the second period – not good enough at all.
"I don’t think we had everyone going again. Seems to be the same old story – we’re not that good that we can come out and go through the motions and expect to be successful.
"When we were on top of our game, it’s because everyone was working and that’s not happening right now," he said.
What did happen was a historic win for the Hurricanes, who swept a season's series from Boston for the first time in the Carolina/Hartford franchise's club history.
But as his teammates had said following their previous three losses to the 15th place 'Canes, Thornton insisted the B's have to look in the mirror.
"I don’t want to take anything away from them – they work extremely hard. They played a good game, Cam Ward played a really good game," said Thornton. "But at the same time, I don’t think we made it tough enough for him to save 40 whatever shots. I think he pretty much saw every one of them.
"I think we definitely could have been harder to play against on all areas of the ice."
The B's could have made things easier on themselves. The Bruins only two power plays -- both in the third period -- were shortened by Boston penalties.
But Thornton focused on the B's overall work ethic on the evening.
"It’s just hard work – it’s simple. Show up," said Thornton. "We need all 23 guys showing up and working hard and playing with a bit of an edge and not going over it – that’s when we’re successful. We should know that by now.
"If we have any passengers, then we’re not successful."
Thornton talked about the third period, which has been dominated by the B's throughout much of the 2011-12 season.
"The same thing, I think the effort was there but I don’t think we made it tough enough," said Thornton. "I think we had 20 whatever shots, but...I thought we could have made it a little tougher for him, too."
Asked if frustration had set in, Thornton said no.
"We knew that we could have maybe created some more second or third chances and had some traffic around there," he said. "It wasn’t [frustration].
"We talked about not falling asleep in the second and sure enough we fell asleep in the second."
Now, the B's are left to analyze a series sweep and prepare for Saturday's matchup with Pittsburgh.
"I don’t know if we had everybody going all those games," said Thornton. "We could have made some of those stops a lot tougher with people being around the net and pouncing on rebounds but we weren’t and the first three games that starts with our line too.
"Our line was minus whatever in the first three games, too, so we’re well aware of how responsible we were."