Shawn Thornton Saves Claude Julien’s Job (For Now)

December 24th, 2010 by Matthew Fairburn Leave a reply »
As drastic as it sounds, Shawn Thornton may have saved Claude Julien’s job, and the Bruins’ season, with his play in Boston’s 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Coming into Thursday night’s game against Atlanta, the Bruins were in disarray. They had lost four of their last five games and were at a crossroads in the season.  Claude Julien was placed firmly on the hot seat, having admitted publicly that he did not know what to do with his team, which had been accused of playing uninspired hockey. There appeared to be much of the same for the Bruins, a talented team that couldn’t put it all together.

Things did not look promising heading into Thursday evening’s game against a Thrashers squad that came into the night as one of the hottest teams in the league and leading the Southeast division. However, Shawn Thornton set the tone for Boston just two seconds into the game, as he dropped the gloves with Atlanta’s Eric Boulton and engaged in a lengthy fight in which neither player could get the other to the ice. What some thought of as a desperate move by a team searching for a boost proved to be jus ...

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