Hours before the Panthers further closed in on the Bruins for what is currently the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Shawn Thornton joined Sunday Skate to discuss his team’€™s odds of catching the B

Hours before the Panthers further closed in on the Bruins for what is currently the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Shawn Thornton joined Sunday Skate to discuss his team’€™s odds of catching the B’s. To hear the interview, click here.

With a shootout loss to the Blues Sunday, the Panthers improved to 24-19-12, bringing them within three points of the Bruins for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have lost three straight games in what’€™s been a big step back for a team that won the Presidents’€™ Trophy last season. Thornton said he figured the Panthers would push for a spot, but he didn’€™t think the Bruins would fall to where they have.

“Honestly, I thought they’€™d be in the top three right now, to be completely honest,” Thornton said of the Bruins. “I did think that we’€™d be pushing for a playoff spot with the players we have, especially after being here. … I thought there’€™d be a couple other teams we’€™d be chasing, not them. Who knows? There’€™s still [27] games left. There’€™s a lot of hockey left.”

Florida could have surpassed the B’€™s by now, but they were losers in two straight entering Sunday’€™s game. Thornton said the Panthers themselves have “found ways to shoot [themselves] in the foot” of late, saying Florida hasn’€™t properly ‘€œtaken advantage of the situation’€ in front of them with the Bruins losing.

The longtime Bruin, who was not brought back in the offseason and signed a two-year deal with the Panthers, said he keeps in touch with his friends on the Bruins. Asked his thoughts on why so many players have underperformed, he said he’€™s watched “maybe five periods” of Bruins hockey this season.

“I can’€™t give you a definite answer of what’€™s going on there,” he said. “I don’€™t ask about that stuff. I don’€™t want to know.”

Despite the Bruins’€™ struggles, Thornton said he doesn’€™t expect them to go away this season.

“I’€™m hoping they absolutely tank because I want to make the playoffs, but I can’€™t see it happening,” he said with a laugh. “œI can’€™t see it happening with the core group of guys they have there, the goaltending. They went through a lot of injuries earlier in the season, too. When you lose your top defenseman and your top centerman, I don’€™t know how many teams in the league can get through that.”

Thornton said that if the Bruins and Panthers were to meet in a series, the Bruins would hold the edge in experience over the young Panthers, whose top points leaders are 22 years old or younger.

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DJ Bean, weei.com, is joined by Joey Mac, ESPN Boston, talks all things bruins

[0:19:05] ... in that category. C.s and go against me as it was because Chris Kelly was not line up I mean who believe people can. And yes you know they can disagree with you know Chris Kelly's player whatever but it's stocks in the room and him not being there was a big reason why. They weren't ready. Four ...
[0:21:06] ... gonna hit a break on the other end. Shawn Thornton of the Florida Panthers is going to join us why because sharp thorn in the Florida Panthers. Stay at a very good chance of being the team that knocks the Bruins out of playoff contention this year. It's a ...




Shawn Thornton joins DJ Bean and Joe McDonald to discuss the playoff race between his current team, the Panthers, and his former team, the Bruins.

[0:01:47] ... soon that you would think that the Panthers could push for a playoff spot this year but did you think that would be the Bruins. It would fall to the point that. You two are battling ...
[0:05:13] ... in in your lineup especially when you're trying to fight. For a playoff spot all or staying a playoff spot I mean how important is that. Yeah I mean. I think people it will certainly the definition curriculum in. You're our senator ...
[0:14:44] ... he doesn't want it got structural lists. Awesome shop Orton of the Florida Panthers shot can't think yet and up to the best guess the we've had in the history this two week show. It's a ...
[0:15:44] ... rest of the season. I shut speaker. That's Shawn Thornton of the Florida Panthers on Sunday skate were going to hit a break. And then on the other rendering get back into the mess that is the 401415. Boston Bruins it's Sunday skate on WB yeah. ...






WEEI.com's DJ Bean and ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald talk all things Bruins.

[0:19:05] ... in that category. C.s and go against me as it was because Chris Kelly was not line up I mean who believe people can. And yes you know they can disagree with you know Chris Kelly's player whatever but it's stocks in the room and him not being there was a big reason why. They weren't ready. Four ...
[0:21:06] ... gonna hit a break on the other end. Shawn Thornton of the Florida Panthers is going to join us why because sharp thorn in the Florida Panthers. Stay at a very good chance of being the team that knocks the Bruins out of playoff contention this year. It's a ...




DJ Bean, weei.com, is joined by Joey Mac, ESPN Boston, talks all things bruins

[0:00:00] ... Soon Shawn Thornton. Will join us at 930 the Florida Panthers because right now the Florida Panthers are relevant to you Bruins fans they're going to. They're they're coming for that eighth and final playoff spot which is not ...
[0:15:38] ... on their scoring the other day. Everybody except for David creaky and Gregory Campbell who Gregory Campbell I think we can all agree blows this season. Every forward except for those two has seen their shooting percentage code council ...
[0:20:08] ... I happen I mean they have the Kirk now that you know Zdeno Chara Patrice Bergeron Manila blue peach. David creature like either guys who can call it you know play at a very high level in this ...
[0:25:14] ... guys what are your thoughts on potentially. Trading. Either Tuukka Rask or Zdeno Chara. If you hurry either one of them you're essentially saying we don't wanna be in any way competitive anymore. You market ought ...






WEEI.com's DJ Bean and ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald talk all things Bruins.

[0:00:00] ... Soon Shawn Thornton. Will join us at 930 the Florida Panthers because right now the Florida Panthers are relevant to you Bruins fans they're going to. They're they're coming for that eighth and final playoff spot which is not ...
[0:15:38] ... on their scoring the other day. Everybody except for David creaky and Gregory Campbell who Gregory Campbell I think we can all agree blows this season. Every forward except for those two has seen their shooting percentage code council ...
[0:20:08] ... I happen I mean they have the Kirk now that you know Zdeno Chara Patrice Bergeron Manila blue peach. David creature like either guys who can call it you know play at a very high level in this ...
[0:25:14] ... guys what are your thoughts on potentially. Trading. Either Tuukka Rask or Zdeno Chara. If you hurry either one of them you're essentially saying we don't wanna be in any way competitive anymore. You market ought ...






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