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Merlot Line Strikes Again in Series Clincher

BOSTON, MA – Prior to Game Five, Shawn Thornton was caught by surprise when he was informed by a reporter that B’s Head Coach Claude Julien had said a few days prior that because the Merlot Line is so important to the Bruins, he didn’t think it was worth it to have them engaged in fights with the Rangers’ fourth line.

“Did he say that? I honestly try not to pay attention to what’s going on outside of the locker room. I try to get away from it, but that’s nice,” said Thornton. “Definitely [it’s a compliment]. I wasn’t aware, so this is kind of shocking. We’ve been contributing so far in these playoffs. We’ve been able to continue to contribute.

“With that being said, if people are taking liberties or trying to take advantage of any of the guys, it doesn’t mean those things are still sewn onto our sleeves.”

In the Bruins 3-1, series-clinching victory over the Rangers on Saturday night, the ‘fourth line’ delivered once again. Gregory Campbell potted a pair of goals, Daniel Paille assisted on one of the tallies, and Thornton, who did decide to drop the gloves with Derek Dorsett in the first period, came a few inches away from a goal late in the third that would’ve secured himself a Gordie Howe hat trick.

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Merlot Does It Again

NEW YORK, NY - Do you hear that record scratching?

This is going to sound like a broken record the entire way through.

The Merlot Line trio comprised of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton (don’t dare call them the fourth line) came up big for the second straight game and propelled the Bruins to their 2-1 win over the Rangers Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden - a place that hasn’t been all too friendly to the Bruins, at that.

They got pucks in deep, forechecked, battled, utilized every inch of the ice time given to them. And led to both of the Bruins’ goals in the victory. Paille earned the game-winner. It wasn’t a “highlight-reel” tally, but it found the back of the net.

"Merlot for everyone, ay?" Thornton would have said.

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We have been playing together for the last two years, which is a rare thing in hockey. We get along off the ice, which is good because it transfers on the ice. We accept our role and know our role. Sometimes it is not an easy job, but we are willing to help the team. It’s a role we take pride in.
BOS 4, NYI 2
When Merlot Goes, So Do the Bruins…..
Coming into tonight, the Bruins were looking to get off to a quick start. It didn’t necessarily pan out the way right from the drop of the puck, but Merlot Liner Shawn Thornton made sure the B’s tide quickly changed. A late second-period goal by Gregory Campbell and third-period surge from captain Zdeno Chara and alternate captain Patrice Bergeron led to the 4-2 victory - and the all-important two points.
Read the full postgame story, with thoughts from the Bruins and Coach Julien, here.
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BOS 4, NYI 2

When Merlot Goes, So Do the Bruins…..

Coming into tonight, the Bruins were looking to get off to a quick start. It didn’t necessarily pan out the way right from the drop of the puck, but Merlot Liner Shawn Thornton made sure the B’s tide quickly changed. A late second-period goal by Gregory Campbell and third-period surge from captain Zdeno Chara and alternate captain Patrice Bergeron led to the 4-2 victory - and the all-important two points.

Read the full postgame story, with thoughts from the Bruins and Coach Julien, here.

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