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Thornton punches up his game

No longer just an enforcer, Bruins forward is letting his stick do the talking

Updated: April 1, 2011, 12:31 PM ET
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- With the exception of taking a skate blade to the forehead Tuesday night and needing 40 stitches, and having to miss Thursday's game, it has been quite a successful season for Shawn Thornton, who once again is proving that he can do more than just fight and protect his teammates. After scoring only one goal in 74 games last season, Thornton has nine goals and nine assists in 76 games this season and is having fun while serving as an inspirational leader to his teammates.

"I was ...

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