Bruins forward Shawn Thornton talked with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about the end of the regular season, the physical nature of the playoffs and more. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Bruins have been on a hot streak lately, going 15-0-2 in the month of March. The run has secured a division title for the Bruins with seven games to go. It has come at a cost, however, as the players are a little sleep-deprived after all the traveling and back-to-backs.

“You get sore, you get tired,” Thornton said. “I think the change in time zones — last week or the week before we were in four different time zones in five days. It just screws up your sleep pattern.”

With Zdeno Chara now 37 years old, there has been speculation that the defenseman will be rested over the next few games.

“He’€™s one of the hardest-working guys I’ve ever met,” Thornton said. “He wants to win at the end of the day, though, and I think that’€™s the most important thing. I’€™m not sure what’€™s going to happen, whether he’€™s going to get some games off or some road trips off or what they’€™re going to do, but I’€™m sure it’ll be a civil conversation.’€

Thornton enjoyed the extra playing time in March due to all the back-to-backs. It was not only helpful for him, but for his line as well.

“I always want to play,” Thornton said. “The month of March, actually, with so many games is pretty good, too. Our line got a fair amount of ice time through the whole thing as well with all the back-to-back stuff. The more I can play, the happier I am. I always want to be out there.”

Jarome Iginla, one of the Bruins’ best players this season, has become a fan favorite a year after he almost landed in Boston via a trade. Thornton appreciates the veteran’s abilities and offensive skills.

“I noticed over the year of practice, even in simple drills, when he gets over the blue line, he’€s looking see where he’€s going to shoot on the goalie,” Thornton said. “I talked to him about it, that’s something that comes natural to him. I get over the blue line, I’€™m just hoping the puck is still on my stick. I think he’€™s got a natural ability to read the play offensively and read goalies and know where to put pucks. He’€™s got an unbelievable shot. I don’€™t think that everybody is gifted with that.”

With the NHL awards to be decided upon soon, Thornton was asked who he thinks is most deserving on the Bruins.

Tuukka [Rask] and the Vezina. … I think he should have had it a few times and he hasn’t,” Thornton said. “I think he’s finally starting to get some recognition he deserves. Not that he needs it, but he’s been so good for a lot of years. Kind of just flew under the radar, now people are definitely taking notice.”

With the playoffs only weeks away, there will be a noticeable change in playing style, according to Thornton.

“Pucks are optional for the first 10 minutes of the first game, usually, depending on who you’re playing, I guess,” Thornton said. “There’s a lot more physicality out on the ice in the playoffs, everybody is finishing their checks. Not just the guys that are expected to finish their checks, but everybody sacrifices themselves to win that game.”

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Arjuna Ramgopal
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network joined the show to give the latest on Johnny Manziel's visit to Foxboro.

Reilly Smith has 19 goals this season. (AP)When Reilly Smith was leading the Bruins in goals in early January and on pace to push for a 30-goal season, general manager Peter Chiarelli -- the guy who knew better than others that Smith would be a very good NHL player -- cautioned that “half a season does not a player make.” 



WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Jarome Iginla has been named the NHL‘s First Star of the Month for the month of March.

Iginla led the NHL with 13 goals in 17 games during the month, scoring on an absurd 31 percent of the 42 shots he took. He also had four assists to total 17 points in March. He was named the league’s third star of the week two weeks ago.

WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Jarome Iginla has been named the NHL‘s first star of the month for the month of March.

Iginla led the NHL with 13 goals in 17 games during the month, scoring on an absurd 31 percent of the 42 shots he took. He also had four assists to total 17 points in March. He was named the league’s third star of the week two weeks ago.

Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist and Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux were the second and third stars, respectively.

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DJ Bean

WILMINGTON – Claude Julien said he’s going to start resting players leading into the playoffs, and that started with Tuesday’s practice.

David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Loui Eriksson and Jarome Iginla were all kept off the ice Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena. Julien also sat out the skate.

Ryan Spooner, who was recalled on an emergency basis earlier in the day, was on the ice. He wore a gold second-line sweater with normal second-liners Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith. Milan Lucic, who was the only first-liner practicing Tuesday, wore gold as well.

With Eriksson out, Jordan Caron wore a grey sweater with third-liners Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly. The Merlot Line was the only trio with all three members present.

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DJ Bean

WILMINGTON — The Bruins recalled forward Ryan Spooner from Providence Tuesday morning, suggesting the team will start giving their regular forwards rest from games as soon as Wednesday against the Red Wings.

Spooner has played 22 games for the Bruins this season, most of which were spent playing on the third line when Chris Kelly was injured in December. In his 22 games, Spooner had zero goals and 11 assists for 11 points with a minus-1 rating.

WILMINGTON — The Bruins recalled forward Ryan Spooner from Providence Tuesday morning, suggesting the team will start giving their regular forwards rest from games as soon as Wednesday against the Red Wings.

Spooner has played 22 games for the Bruins this season, most of which were spent playing on the third line when Chris Kelly was injured in December. In his 22 games, Spooner had zero goals and 11 assists for 11 points with a minus-1 rating.

In 42 games for Providence, Spooner has 10 goals and 30 assists for 40 points and a plus-11.

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DJ Bean

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was named the NHL‘s Second Star of the Week for the week ending on March 30.

Bergeron had five goals and one assist for six points in four games during the week. He is currently on a seven-game goal-scoring streak and has 27 goals and 29 assists this season for 56 points.

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was named the NHL‘s Second Star of the Week for the week ending on March 30.

Bergeron had five goals and one assist for six points in four games during the week. He is currently on a seven-game goal-scoring streak and has 27 goals and 29 assists this season for 56 points.

The honor marked the second consecutive week in which a Bruins player was one of three stars, as Jarome Iginla was the Third Star in the previous week.

Ottawa forward Kyle Turris was the First Star of the Week, while Blues forward T.J. Oshie was the Third Star.

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DJ Bean