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Shawn Thornton eligible to return

Updated: January 11, 2014, 2:08 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

After serving the final game of his 15-game suspension, Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton is eligible to return to the lineup against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

Thornton, who served the suspension and forfeited $84,615.45 in salary for attacking the Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik during a game at TD Garden on Dec. 7, had appealed the ruling, but commissioner Gary Bettman upheld it on Dec. 24.

"It's been a long five weeks," ...

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