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Friday, April 2, 2004
Thornton questionable for season finale

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston captain Joe Thornton is listed as day-to-day with an apparent wrist injury and isn't expected to play in the Bruins' final home game.

Coach Mike Sullivan said Friday that Thornton would miss Saturday's game against New Jersey. He didn't know if the forward would be back for Sunday's regular-season finale in New Jersey.

Thornton did not practice with the team Friday, and Sullivan didn't explain the injury in any greater detail than he did after Thornton was hurt in Thursday night's 3-3 tie with the Washington Capitals. The team would only describe it as an "upper body injury."

Thornton was slashed on the right wrist by Todd Rohloff as he crashed the net 3:25 into the third period and fell backward, hitting the ice hard.

Thornton left the ice with a trainer but returned for another shift and made a cross-ice pass to Glen Murray to set up a goal that made it 2-2 at the 5:23 mark. A few minutes later, Thornton left the bench and didn't return.

The Bruins ended Thursday night in first place in the Northeast Division and second place in the Eastern Conference with 102 points.

Tampa Bay has clinched first-place in the conference. Boston can finish anywhere from second to sixth place among the eight conference teams that will make the playoffs.