Noticed a few people giving the Lucic/Miller incident credit for waking up the Bruins....I actually think credit needs to be given to Shawn Thornton as well. He had a shift pretty shortly after the Miller hit I think where he came out and just started jawing at every player who got in his way and you could clearly see the Sabres were scared ****less of him. Then for the rest of the game, every time there was a scrum he was getting right in there, not letting his teammates get in trouble.
I know people give him a hard time for having 'staged' fights and following the code maybe a little too closely, but when he is genuinely angry and just flat out screaming at opposing players he looks like a psychopath and I think genuinely throws the other team off their game, especially a team that has no one to answer the bell.
Anyway, just pointing out that he is 100% doing his job perfectly right now and I wouldn't want to lose him any time soon.
11-13-2011 09:58 AM
I hope he re-signs after this year, he is a very respectable Bruin and a true leader on this team.
11-13-2011 10:00 AM
Yeah I loved that he was in Kaleta's face all night long. And even invited him at the end of the game.
Was obvious that Buffalo had no answer for our physical game. And especially Thornton.
11-13-2011 10:11 AM
"looks like a psychopath".
The handlebars help that along! Lol
I love this guy on this team.
11-13-2011 10:14 AM
People give him a hard time no doubt, but man im gonna miss Shawn.
11-13-2011 06:14 PM
Thornton is a respectable tough guy, a team guy who works hard and is a genuine motivator. He's the kind of guy you like to be on your team. Honestly, as he was brought up in comparison to Thornton, I don't like Lucic as a tough player much. Plays like last night's with Miller rub me the wrong way for some reason, I have more respect for the way a guy like Thornton motivates his team.
11-13-2011 06:40 PM
I think he is a big part of this team.
He knows his role and performs it well. He rarely takes bad penalties, plays a responsible game and has good speed and decent hands. The one thing i would wish he were better at is his body checking.
11-13-2011 06:41 PM
What impresses me most about Sugar Shawn is, that despite him being such a bad guy on the ice - indeed being incredibly valuable for the Bruins in doing so - he does so much good for the locker room and for charity off the ice. Who'd ever imagine a 217 pound beast ripping off heads on a regular basis could bring this much of a human touch around the game of hockey.
11-14-2011 05:39 AM
Yeah Shawn do a lot of charity, he's now a true new england fella, an honest and down to earth man.
Welp, ummabout to jump on a plane for the deep south...all this drunken drivel is pretty much at a close...
For some reason I was thinkin' about good ol' Shawn this morning, as I was zooming about town, past the occupiers, picking up credit cards and breaking hearts left and right...and I thought I'd put a little thing together. It ain't my best work, but it's the thought that counts, right?
11-19-2011 04:09 PM
Originally Posted by nsturgis17
i can't figure out against who he was some mad about?
02-01-2013 07:07 AM
Get well soon Dangles
02-01-2013 07:44 AM
Thornton is the man!! One of my favorite Bruins fighters of all-time. I was hoping that he would be able to bridge into more of a Chris Neil/Brad May career where he can pick his spots. I agree with the other thread that he is too small and getting too old to deal with some of these bears that are coming into the league.
His leadership and energy made all the difference in the Stanley Cup run; and I hope that this concussion doesn't spell the end of his career; but for an 'enforcer' that will be even more difficult to come back from!