– With his team down 2-0, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton
desperately tried to get some energy pumping in the TD Garden.
First he challenged John Erskine, who opted to keep the gloves on and not dance with the B’s pugilist. Then he tried to go with Matt Hendricks, who also opted for the rain check – probably a smart decision considering Thornton led the league with 20 bouts in the regular season.
Although the gloves stayed on, Thornton’s shift electrified the Bruins, who scored two goals in 28 seconds to tie the game 2-2 towards the end of the second period.
“You want to finish your checks and get pucks in deep and there was an opportunity to finish the check and that’s what we tried to do and created a little energy,” Thornton said And the guys did a good job of following it up and scoring two goals to tie it in the second.”
But in the third period, the Capitals jumped back in front with a goal from Mike Knuble, who shuffled the puck past Tim Thomas
after taking a pass from Joel ward.
Thornton tried battling with Knuble for the puck, but the former Bruins won the matchup and scored.
After Knuble’s score, Johnny Boychuk
tied the game with a slap shot for a power play goal, but the game was decided when Troy Brouwer scored a power play goal of his own with 1:27 left in the game for the 4-3 victory.
“I’ll take full responsibility for that third goal [from Washington],” Thornton said. “The rebound came up pretty hot and I tried to get my stick on top of [Mike Knuble’s] but he got just enough – we’re both right-handed, both swinging for it he got it so it’s my bad.
“I think we did a good job of tying it up and the circumstances, two and a half minutes left and them getting a power play.”
But Thornton is never one to hang his head for long and the B’s can’t afford to do so as they take the ice today at 3 p.m. in D.C. for Game 6, less than 24 hours after Game 5.
“The experience [from last season], let’s hope helps – but obviously being there doesn’t hurt – but you know to focus on one game and one game only opposed to the extra one,” Thornton said.
“So let’s put this behind us and focus on [today].