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Thornton Scores in 300th Game

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- For a few glorious seconds, Shawn Thornton's goal at 9:51 of the third period stood as the Bruins most dramatic tally of the season.


Thornton, in the midst of his 300th NHL game, completed a gorgeous 2-on-1 breakaway chance which brought the Bruins all the way back from a 3-0 deficit and chased Washington's starting goalie Michal Neuvirth from the game.

But after being pounded into submission by 39 Washington shots and having their own stating netminder Tim Thomas lifted from the contest after the second period, the B's three third-period goals we're unable to stem the tide of Washington's offense.

"Too many turnovers," said Thornton. "We weren't giving ourselves a chance to establish a forecheck or create some pressure down low by leaving the puck at the blueline.

"Give them credit," he continued. "They were pretty good in the neutral zone, too and that forced us to turn some pucks over.

"But I think we had some opportunities to get some pucks deep and [then the B's tried to] make some cross-ice passes and make some stuff happen that really wasn't there," he said.

The third period allowed the B's a measure of redemption.

"We talked about it," said Thornton. "I really liked the character on this team and I like the way we didn't fold.

"We didn't back down and we took it upon ourselves to try and get ourselves back in the game."

Of the genesis for his game-tying goal, Thornton said (in self deprecation), "Two of their guys ran into each other.

"I saw that and I just tried to get behind on the other side. [Brad Marchand] made a great pass to me and it was a 2-on-1 with [Tyler Seguin] and I guess the goalie thought I was going to to throw it over to Seggie.

"If I hung onto it for a half a second I pretty much had half the net to throw it in.

"I'll take it but it would have been a lot nicer if we had kept it tied, at least," he said.

Thornton emphasized the that Bruins did not properly execute their game plan.

"I don't want to take anything away from them," repeated Thornton.  "They're a really good team, but I think a lot of the chances we gave them by not playing our game.

"Obviously, they're so gifted offensively that if they have control of the puck they'll be able to do things with it. I think we have to a better job of trying to keep the puck away from them."

In the midst of a question about the difficulty of returning to Boston to face the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, Thornton interrupted and said, "Ahh. It's easy.

"You think about this until midnight and then...get some rest and come focused for tomorrow.

"They're a good team we're playing tomorrow. So, [the B's will] have a good Saturday night and hopefully forget about this one."
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