A week ago tonight, Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins had an unsuccessful fight with John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres that resulted in his night ending early and the subsequent diagnosis of a concussion. But now, it’s like the difference between day and night for Thornton, who looks like he’s possibly going to be back on the ice pretty soon.
Thornton insisted that he didn’t want his fight with Scott that night avenged by any other teammates, especially not by Scott’s fellow tall guy, Zdeno Chara.
“I don’t even know where that [stuff] comes from. Listen, Zee’s our best player and arguably the best defenseman in the league. There’s no reason for him to have to fight my battles. I’ve done this for a long time and it’s on me,” he said.
He waved the unsuccessful fight off as something that’s bound to happen simply because he’s fought so much, even though many Bruins fans were pretty shocked to see him lose in real time.
Still, it has now been seven days, which was the low end of the estimated seven to 10 days Thornton would miss games. He’s already been seen skating and riding the bike, is cleared to practice and cleared for contact, so now the next step is just seeing when he’ll be ready to rejoin the lineup. He hasn’t been told either way what he’ll do for the matinee game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 9.
On that subject, some are concerned about what could happen regarding the game, considering that a huge winter storm is set to bear down on Boston starting tomorrow. The Lightning will fly out to Boston tonight after their game, per NHL policy that the visitors must arrive the night before a game. There are no known plans to delay the game at this time.
Further updates on two other injured players: Daniel Paille practiced today, but Brad Marchand was absent because he was being looked at by team doctors. Coach Claude Julien won’t rule either of them out for Saturday.