No one is happier than I am when Shawn Thornton scores. It is honestly one of the best feelings a Boston Bruins can have. Thornton is a bruiser, a true professional and apparently a goalscorer. Thornton now has three goals on the season playing on the Merlot line.
I felt even better after his goal last night since he sat out against the Carolina Hurricanes. Like everything he does, Thornton handled it with class. He said that the organization was incredibly clear with the reasoning and that he had been playing well as of late. The Bruins just needed to get Jordan Caron into the lineup. The move made sense. The Hurricanes are not a scrappy team, and Thornton’s other services were not going to be needed.
Thornton has accumulated 24 penalty minutes. Bruins fans are more accustomed with those minutes than with the goals. The way the Bruins have been playing offensively, goals are more than welcome from anywhere — even the Merlot line.
The fourth line has started off slow, which is understandable. The line consists of Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille and Thornton. Campbell is coming off of a broken leg and it will certainly take some time to get him back to game speed. Paille and Campbell are incredibly effective penalty killers and can always impact the game in other ways. Just like Thornton, they provide more than just good two-way play.
Look for the fourth line to start heating up. The reason that the Bruins have been so good in years past is the fact that they have four solid lines who can play against anyone.