Shawn Thornton was not happy after somebody chirped at him from the Chicago bench while he was leaving the ice Tuesday night. Thornton, who was bloodied after getting his face mangled by Fernando Pisani‘s blade, said after the game that he wanted to find out who it was, and has since said that the Blackhawks like to chirp. One Blackhawk took exception to it with some colorful language.

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, who recieved around 40 stitches for a gash above his right eye after being cut by a skate in Tuesday's game, is not medically cleared to return to the lineup and will not play Thursday against the Maple Leafs. Coach Claude Julien said the forward is considered day-to-day. In Thornton's place, Michael Ryder will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last two games. 

The final games of the regular season are about a few different things for a team gearing up for the playoffs. To the naked eye, the most obvious thing that stands out is that the Bruins are within three points of the Capitals for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.



Bruins forward Mark Recchi, who passed Paul Coffey for 12th all-time in NHL regular-season points Tuesday, said after the game that he intends to retire if the Bruins win the Stanley Cup this season. 

"If we win a championship, I’m gone," Recchi said.

Recchi has won the Stanley Cup twice in his career, hoisting the coveted trophy as a member of the Penguins and Hurricanes. He said that he likes the idea of winning it with an Original Six team, and that if the Bruins don't win this season he could consider coming back. 

Just moments after he fell on the back of Fernando Pisani's skate blade, ripping open his forehead above the right eye, Shawn Thornton said Blackhawks players were taunting him from their bench. Thornton sustained a nasty gash that required 40 stitches on the inside and outside of his skull. He did not return following the injury in the second period. 

"If I ever find who it was, I'll deal with it my own way," Thornton said. 

Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk scored just over two minutes apart in the second period to break a scoreless tie while Tim Thomas recorded his ninth shutout of the season to lead the Bruins to a 3-0 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks Tuesday night at TD Garden. 

Tim Thomas made 32 saves for his 26th career shutout and his 33rd win this season. Thomas, who leads the NHL in goals against and save percentage this season, is now just three wins shy of matching his career-high total of 36 two seasons ago. 

The Bruins clinched a playoff spot Sunday, and the news barely moved the needle. That's the way it should be.



Brad Marchand made his 20th goal of the season count, as he broke a late tie to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Flyers in Philadelphia Sunday night. With the win, Boston clinches a playoff spot.

A source has told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that Bruins center Marc Savard is dealing with "real memory problems and he's quite worried about it."

Trap games can usually be seen coming from a mile away. Some thought Saturday could be such a contest, but with the Bruins’ stretch of three Eastern Conference playoff teams in four nights, one would think would be no room for a trap game.