BOSTON -- Shawn Thornton
hadn't dropped the gloves in a regular season game since March 5 (vs. Pittsburgh's Michael Rupp), but his lights out maneaver on the Maple Leafs' Colton Orr gave the B's beat cop a TKO over his rival from Toronto. More importantly, Thornton's fight, just 1:54 into the first, gave the B's a needed adrenaline boost toward their 6-2 victory.
"You could see it was unavoidable when you looked at their roster and [saw Jay] Rosehill and Orr," said B's Head Coach Claude Julien. "Going into the game, we knew what was going to happen, and Thorty probably decided, let’s deal with this right now, and let’s not waste any time.
"He certainly did a great job for us."
Thornton said that he thought the bout was coming, too.
"Obviously I knew – well not knew – but before the game I was thinking that I might have to do it," he said. "The first shift, my first shift of the game, I think we had a good start. I’m not sure if it was absolutely necessary, but I thought it could’ve been the right time getting the guys going.
"Once again, they made me look smart so it’s amazing how they do that for me."
The B's put together one of the most complete efforts of the young season.
"I don’t think we had any passengers tonight," explained Thornton. "I think everybody did their job and was pretty relevant in the way things ended up.
"Obviously, we talked that we wanted to get things going in the other direction," he added. "It wasn’t a must-win because it’s pretty early in the season, but we definitely weren’t happy with the way things have been going the last couple of home games.
"So we wanted to go forward the right way."
But that momentum must be maintained going into Saturday's game with San Jose.
"It was a good win," said Thornton. "I've said it a thousand times, but we’ll think about it till midnight then start focusing on San Jose. We’ll start worrying about San Jose tomorrow.
"It was a good win but a lot more to go."