You think that Bostn would bench Thornton for 2 crucial games and a chance to win the NorthEast ?
I don't think there's any question that he's hurt. But I would be very surprised if he doesn't suit up, no matter the injury. If it's ribs, he'll be strapped up and wearing a flak jacket. If it's a wrist thing, he'll have it wrapped up and perhaps a mini-cast. He's skating, and he was considered a possibility for today's game.
Through all that, psychologically he has to paint a worse-case scenario. I think that's all he's doing. Call it a hoax if you want.
Not sure if they could do it for a whole series, but the team really picked it up without him today....Defending Champs needed a win on home ice to clinch the division and we SPANKED them.....13 shots on goal is all they had....
They habs should hit Thronto more they usual around the ribs area so we can maybe get him off his game or maybe make him take a stupid penalty because he would/could be frustrated.
Begin pissed him off last game and few shift later Thorton ran into him from the back , he's big but he don't like to be pushed ... he was even talking about retiring because there too much of this in the league .
He's not a big dominant center like Sundin and i think he can beat Boston
Let's not forget that your fowards really beat up our defencemen during that series, I think Boston's D unit is a lot more solid now than it was two years ago. Two years ago these guys played against the Habs.
This year it looks a lot better