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With 15-game ban served, Thornton wants to get ‘back to the way I played’

Jan 10, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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On Saturday, Shawn Thornton will be eligible for his first game in over five weeks — and he’s already established how he wants to play in his return to action.

“I’ll be back to the way I played 500-plus regular-season and however many playoff games,” Thornton said, per the Boston Herald. “I crossed the line; it wasn’t the norm for me, and I’ll try not to ever do that again.”

Thornton, handed the NHL’s longest suspension of this season for attacking Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7, served the final game of his punishment last night as the Bruins lost in Los Angeles, 4-2. He’ll be eligible to return this weekend when the B’s take on the Sharks in San Jose, a return that could coincide with Loui Eriksson — who was hit by Orpik in the same December game — coming back from a concussion.

It’s unclear if the Bruins will utilize Thornton immediately, however. The club could benefit from his veteran presence with the likes of Chris Kelly and Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup, but the B’s did get some quality production from fill-in forwards Justin Florek and Matt Fraser on Thursday, as both scored in the loss to the Kings.

That said, Thornton sounds like a guy that’s ready to get back in.

“[I'll] play within the lines, protect my teammates, fight when I have to, hopefully provide some productive minutes,” he said. “Create some energy and some chances, play physical and hard.”

  1. killerpgh - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Served his time. Time to move on.

  2. toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    criminal, he should be banned from the game for that disgusting display

    • matt14gg - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Yes, but you are the guy that referred to PK Subban as a “Moulinyan” (eggplant) in another post so you’re really just a racist idiot with a worthless opinion.

    • matt14gg - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Thanks for the thumbs down “toiletclown”. I take it as a badge of honor from a racist like you.

      • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        my opinion is highly regarded,

    • amityvillefun - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Your opinion is highly regarded by “toiletclown.”

      There, I just flushed. Spin in circles and go down the little hole to the sewer where you belong.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Bruins Fan: Matt Cookes a dirty player for that hit on Savard.

    Bruins Fan: Thorntons attack on Orpik was legal and ok.

    #ScumbagBostonBruinFans

    • buysamadrink - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      I wonder if Jack Edwards is going to reference Sirhan Sirhan in referring to Thornton.

      • killerpgh - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Since it happened on Pearl Habor day I think a stupid thing for Edwards to compare it to would be a sneak attack Kamikaze pilot.

    • amityvillefun - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      This isn’t twitter you quim.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        what’s a quim?

        #legitquestions

    • pepper2011 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Pens fan: Everything every other team does should be punishable by banishment.
      Pens fan: wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, we got swept with an all-star team. We’ve had Sid and Malkin (arguably the two best players in the league) for 8 years and only managed to win one Cup.

      Bruins: “C’mon Thornton, NO- use your head, dont’ do that s***… Really? he’s out cold, WTF?

      #putyourbigboypantson
      #glassjaw

      • pepper2011 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Also @ Killerpgh – Kudos!

        It seems there is at leat one reasonable Pens fan.

      • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        arguably the 2 best players? HA i laugh at that. theres no arguing about it sonny, they are the top 2 pro ice hockey players in the world. show some respect

      • amityvillefun - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        How can anyone show respect to a guy with a handle called “toiletclown?”

        Crosby is a baby. He gets no respect from me.

        Malkin, I do respect.

      • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        well good thing your opinions are meaningless amity

    • pats2001 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      i love this. ever since tom brady took over the pats and turned the team into a powerhouse, all we’ve ever heard from steeler fans is how soft brady and the pats are and that they only won because they cheated.

      these same steeler fans that also are penguins fans have now become the laughing stock of the NHL. when did pittsburgh get so soft? thought you guys were supposed to be so tough? please keep it up, this is great

      • jpelle82 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        what are you talking about? go play on pft

      • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        who cares about tom brady, this is hockey talk you scum rag. you boston ppl are inbreds

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        But face the facts pal…cheating was the only way the Patriots can a Super Bowl. Since Bounty Gate how many Super Bowls have your Patriots won, when having to play by the rules? Please explain…I’ll be waiting.

      • pats2001 - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        pitpenguinsrulez,

        Bounty Gate or Spy Gate? if you’re gonna throw a jab, at least get it right. and i won’t take up too much space talking football on this site. the point of my comment was to point out how big, bad tough guys from pittsburgh are now in the same class as the vancouver fans for being the biggest pu$$y fans in the league. just thought it was ironic since the same exact fans think they’re so tough because of the steelers

        and to answer your question, the patriots have won ZERO super bowls since bountygate

      • jpelle82 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        i dont know any sane adult who thinks he’s tough because they are a fan of a professional team. you are making no sense. who is claiming to be tough? wtf are you talking about?

  4. amityvillefun - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Welcome back, Shawn.

  5. steelpenbucs87 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    I think this was a momentary lapse in judgement on Thornton’s part. Glad to see Orpik is also back and healthy so everyone can move on from this mess.

    • amityvillefun - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Eriksson should be back as well. Hopefully Julien is smart enough to put him on LEFT wing for a while so he can play the puck off the boards without setting himself up for “clean” blindsided hits.

      They should go with:
      Eriksson/Bergeron/Smith
      Lucic/Krejci/Iginla
      Marchand/Spooner/Soderberg
      Paille/Campbell/Thornton

      • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        those line combos are sure to be a failure

  6. sjsharks66 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    My opinions on Thornton do not change. He is a hard nosed player that contributes to his teams success. He made a mistake that people will not forget for years to come. I will not let that cloud my judgement of the type or player and person her is. Excited to see him back in the Bruins line up.

  7. montrealbbr - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Time to get back to sucking terribly and punching people when they aren’t looking!

  8. penguins87and71 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I’m going to take the high road and hold my tongue. All I can say is I guess Boston fans are showing their true colors today. There is a reason why everyone hates Boston sports fans.

    • pats2001 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      tell Cindy Cosby to stop complaining when things don’t go his way

      • buysamadrink - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Well at least your insult is regarding the right sport this time. Small accomplishments like that will slowly create the illusion that you have a brain.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      You didn’t hold your tongue, you made a stupid, ambiguous remark that makes no sense.

  9. benrob99 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Boston = trash

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Good one

  10. penguins87and71 - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    I was planning on saying something way worse.

  11. bsfan77 - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    I forgot how “respected” Pitt players and fans are. Most classy ever. Pfft!! Get off your high horses. And as far as inbreds, last time I checked I think it is still legal to marry your cousin down there. You are close to West Virginia. The Bruins fourth line is one of the best energy lines in hockey. Thornton is an enforcer that can play too. Yinz are still upset after choking in the ECF’s last year. You might have the best players in the world but what good are they when the whole team was held to just 2 goals in the finals. The “Flower” chased from the game because he can’t take playoff pressure. Keep talking Pitt fans, you entertain me with your lack of hockey knowledge! Stay classy Pitt!

  12. bsfan77 - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    J. Jagr, M. Talbot, and J. Staal were the class of your team…to bad they are gone.

  13. theskinsman - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    Glad Thornton is back, the injury ravaged Bruins need Erikkson back and healthy too.

  14. jcornella - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Glad he’s back, they need a spark. His action was deplorable and he deserved the suspension. It will be a great playoff series if it happens. I can’t stand Sid but he is the best player in the world. Malkin can be when he wants to but he doesn’t show up all the time.

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