Whirlwind continues as B's are toast of town

June, 19, 2011
6/19/11
8:14
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BOSTON -- The celebrations just keep going for the Bruins.

On Saturday, they were toasted by the city in one of the the largest rolling rally duck boat parades the city has had, then on Sunday afternoon they brought the Stanley Cup out on the field at Fenway Park and all got to throw out the first pitches prior to the Red Sox's 12-3 win over the Brewers.

The players then met the media for one last time and had their exit interviews with general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien.

“It was awesome. What a time!” forward Shawn Thornton said. “I never thought I’d get to do that in my life, so it was great. We got to go into the room, we got to see the boys beforehand and stuff. It was pretty cool.”

Thornton and his teammates also got to check out the Red Sox dressing room and meet the players, who wished them congratulations and got their chance to meet Lord Stanley's Cup.

"They’re getting ready for a game, so we didn’t want to take too much time away from them," Thornton said, "but they were pretty happy to get some pictures and stuff with the trophy.”

For winger Nathan Horton, who also got to throw the first pitch at Fenway last June following his trade to the Bruins from Florida, this experience was even better, adding another chapter to what has been an amazing first season in Black and Gold.

“Back then I didn’t know what to expect,” Horton said. “I hadn’t been anywhere else. But having been here all year and experienced it, I just had so much fun and literally since I got here I haven’t stopped smiling because I’ve had a lot of fun and I’ve really enjoyed it. I love being a Boston Bruin and obviously, being in this organization with such great people we have, that just makes it even better.”

The Bruins have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from their fans, and while it’s been a whirlwind last few days, they’re enjoying every moment.

“The parade yesterday was awesome and being at the Red Sox today was nearly as awesome,” goalie Tim Thomas said. “So that has exceeded my expectations. So far it’s been incredibly busy though, and I’m incredibly tired from the playoffs already [laughs], and I’m looking forward to just getting some rest.”

Thornton called the experience a “blur.”

“A blur. It’s been a blur, it’s been fun,” Thornton said. “The city, that parade was awesome. I mean I expected a lot of people but I didn’t expect people would be rammed in there and be that loud, like screaming the whole time. It was good.”

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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