Bruins forward Shawn Thornton talked with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about the hit on Brad Marchand‘s knee, flopping and more. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Even though the Bruins dominated on Tuesday, winning 3-0 and going up in the series 2-1, there was a moment during the second period when Marchand went down with what looked like a knee injury after Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith tripped him, hitting his left leg. The only issue was Marchand grabbed his right leg. Thornton isn’t sure what happened, theorizing that Marchand may have injured himself on the fall.
“When he tried to jump around him, I don’t know if he twisted something or if he just fell awkwardly when he came down,” Thornton said. “I don’t know. I know Marchy has a reputation that will probably follow him forever. After the penalty was called, I don’t think he would have laid there if he wasn’t in a little bit of pain.”
While hockey isn’t known for flopping, it does occur in the game. Thornton isn’t a fan of embellishing in general, but he admits that sometimes it helps to get the referees’ attention and get the correct call.
“You shouldn’t have to fall down every time you get slashed or cross-checked to get a call, but depending on where you are in the situation, it seems that sometimes you don’t go down, you don’t get the call,” Thornton said. “I think a lot of the reason we didn’t get as many power plays as maybe we should have during the year is because we, as a group, probably just played through things instead of rolling around on the ground.”
During the game, the Bruins attacked the Red Wings quickly, producing two goals in the first period for the early lead. However, Thornton saw Detroit play well in the second period and knew the Bruins had to perform better in the third period, evidenced by the Blue Jackets losing to the Penguins 4-3 on Monday despite leading by two in the first period.
“They had a pretty good second period,” Thornton said. “We look around the other games around the league, Columbus was up 2-0 in the middle of the night and I think there was another game, too. This time of year you can’t really take anything for granted. So I know our talk after the second period was, it wasn’t really good enough, we better play better in the third or it’s going to come back and bite us. I thought they put up a pretty good fight.”
Thornton sees the Bruins as a good team that simply needs to take things game by game and perform the way they’re used to performing.
“We know that we can be a very effective hockey team when we’re moving, we’re skating and playing physical,” Thornton said. “And that’s kind of been the focus — just play our game, not worry about anything else. Just play our game. That’s usually the focus around our locker room for the last few years anyways; just play the way we play.”