Bruins' fourth line puts Rangers in deep hole

Boston Bruins players celebrate a goal by Johnny Boychuk (55) against the New York Rangers in the...

Boston Bruins players celebrate a goal by Johnny Boychuk (55) against the New York Rangers in the third period of Game 3 of their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal playoff hockey series in New York May 21, 2013. (REUTERS)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:46 AM ET

Yes, Boston Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton does have a strong side when it comes to faceoffs.

He doesn’t take draws often, but he won one when it counted Tuesday night.

Thornton beat New York Rangers centre Derick Brassard in the Rangers zone, right before Boston’s Daniel Paille scored the winner that put the Rangers in an 0-3 hole in their Eastern Conference semifinal.

The Bruins fourth line — which combines Thornton and Paille with Gregory Campbell — was on the ice for both Bruins goals in the third period as they came from behind for the 2-1 win to push the Rangers to the brink.

“We have confidence in that line, we’ve said it a million times,” said Julien. “Tonight was no exception. They’re on for both goals. The first one is a good screen, again working hard. You look at Dan Paille’s speed, he puts defences on their heels. Thornton is a smart player. He gets pucks out; he pokes in the right places.

“We utilize them because they’re good, not because we have to.”

The Bruins can close out the Rangers Thursday at Madison Square Garden.


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