Shawn Thornton: Bruins Plan On A Long Playoff Series Against Canadiens

shawn thorntonThe Boston Bruins seem to be having trouble finding their stride early in their second-round Stanley Cup playoff games against the Montreal Canadiens, causing them to fall behind 2-1 in the series.

But being one game behind isn’t something to worry about quite yet, and Bruins forward Shawn Thornton knows that.

Thornton joined WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” on Wednesday and said the team’s slow start isn’t something fans should expect throughout the series.

“€œI think it’€™s just uncharacteristic,”€ Thornton said. “€œI know the one (P.K. Subban goal) coming out of the power play, maybe you should be aware of the clock, but it looked like we were in control. Yelling from the bench, you actually can’€™t hear it, to be completely honest.

“That’€™s one of the home-ice advantages, I guess. It’€™s just a couple of plays that were maybe a little uncharacteristic of us and end up in the back of our net. Give them credit, they capitalized on the chances that we gave them.”

Thornton also added that Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask hasn’t allowed the nine goals he has yielded in three games get to him.

“He’€™s just one of the best team guys that I’ve seen as a goalie,” Thornton said. “He’€™ll be great today, he’€™ll be focused on tomorrow. It’€™s 2-1, it’€™s not the start we wanted, but we plan on it being a long series.”

The Bruins know what they need to do, and they plan to make those adjustments in Game 4 in Montreal on Thursday night.

“It’€™s more about just playing our game,” Thornton said. “… We had some chances and we had some sustained pressure and all that, but we are very strong defensively and we don’€™t normally give up backdoor passes or two or three breakaways a game. That just doesn’t happen with us.”

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