San Jose (18-16-5) at Boston (16-19-6) 7:00 pm EST
BOSTON (Ticker) -- Joe Thornton was the face of the Boston Bruins
franchise for the better part of a decade. On Tuesday,
Thornton returns to TD Banknorth Garden to face his former team
for the first time when the San Jose Sharks visit the Bruins.
In what was viewed by some as a panic move, Boston made
shockwaves throughout the hockey world by trading Thornton to
San Jose on November 30 for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and
defenseman Brad Stuart.
A three-time All-Star center, Thornton was leading the Bruins in
scoring at the time of the deal. However, team management felt
that a trade was necessary to shake up a Boston squad which had
dropped nine of 10 at the time.
Boston has actually improved its record since the trade, posting
an 8-6-1 mark over that span.
The Bruins exploded for five unanswered goals Saturday en route
to a 6-3 triumph over the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa
Bay Lightning. Rookie defenseman Milan Jurcina tallied twice
while P.J. Axelsson registered a goal and an assist for Boston,
which has won three of its last four.
Meanwhile, the Sharks have won 10 of 15 since acquiring Thornton
and have climbed back into postseason contention in the Western
Thornton has six goals and 20 assists already in his short
tenure with San Jose. He registered an assist Saturday to
extend his points streak to five games as the Sharks rallied for
a 3-2 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings.
Scott Thornton tallied twice and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 27 shots
in the contest for San Jose, which has scored a total of 14
goals during its three-game winning streak.