For months, we’ve debated whether the Bruins have the offense, the defense, and the goaltending to make a deep playoff run in the spring. One aspect we haven’t been focusing on that may eventually be the key to success is the Bruins’ exceptional leadership group.
In previous years, the Bruins have formed an identity around the personnel of the fourth line. The identity began with the infamous 2011 Merlot Line with Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, and Shawn Thornton. The trio was a lethal fourth line that played in critical matchups, and they weren’t afraid to get in the … Keep Reading
From fights to big hits to penalty shot magic, Shawn Thornton defined his career as a fourth-line grinder who was idolized in Boston.
Donning the number 22, Shawn Thornton was originally drafted in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 190th overall. However, Shawn never got to play a game with the Leafs. Instead, … Keep Reading
Who doesn’t love a good merlot? It’s friendly, balanced, popular, and versatile. Fortunately for Bruins fans, we were spoiled by merlot for four years with the output, toughness, and passion of Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, and Shawn Thornton. But unfortunately, there hasn’t been another group of players to duplicate what that fourth line … Keep Reading
The Boston Bruins are not the gang of rough-housers that they once were. The sport has evolved into a more skill-based game at the National Hockey League level. While this has made the game more fun to watch from a talent perspective, I feel we are missing some of the things that … Keep Reading
Many right wings have laced up the skates and donned the Bruins’ sweater since the inception of the Original Six team in 1924. It’s arguably the position with the most successful, well-known Boston players.
Picking the all-time greatest right wing is not easy if you consider more than just scoring. However, the … Keep Reading
When critics gauge the offensive talent of a team, they tend to look at the top line or even the top-six forwards. Those that score 20-plus goals are the ones that draw the big bucks and are highlighted on the pre-game shows. For the Boston Bruins, the key to contending for Lord Stanley’s Cup … Keep Reading
The Bruins ended their season-long three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Penguins on Saturday. While the overall play of the Bruins has been subpar recently, there have been positives seemingly hidden amongst the bad. With only seven games remaining in the regular season, the main concern is getting the … Keep Reading
With 17 games left before the playoffs, the Bruins skated into Toronto and looked to end a two-game skid. Boston was sitting around the top of the Eastern Conference, while Toronto was scraping at a Wild Card spot. Bruins forward Daniel Paille would miss his second straight game because of an upper-body injury. Due to a lower-body … Keep Reading
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