Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Bruins [Print without images]

Friday, April 30, 2010
Can B's survive without Thornton in lineup?

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- With the addition of Marc Savard back in the lineup for the Bruins for the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston coach Claude Julien will need to make a decision on a healthy scratch in time for Game 1 at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

For the second consecutive practice, Savard centered left winger Daniel Paille and right winger Michael Ryder. Boston’s fourth line has consisted of Vladimir Sobotka in the middle of Steve Begin and Blake Wheeler. Bruins pugilist Shawn Thornton has been working with that line, but he could end up being the odd-man out.

“I didn’t know I made that decision,” Julien said sarcastically when asked about Thornton. “There’s an assumption there, but we’ll see what we decide. That decision hasn’t been made.”

This series will no doubt be a physical one. The Flyers will utilize their tough guy Daniel Carcillo, who had 18 penalty minutes in five games against the Devils in the quarterfinals, so if Thornton is out of the Boston lineup, who will step up when needed?

“I would consider us team-tough. I don’t see any issues any way we go, and if there is, they will be addressed. It’s as simple as that,” said Julien.