Shawn Thornton has assumed the role of the Boston Bruins' enforcer, and the B's intimidating winger played a key role in the B's Stanley Cup winning season.
While Thornton only managed 20 points on the season (10 goals), he helped the Bruins set the tone in their series against the Vancouver Canucks in the final five games of the Stanley Cup Final. Boston won four of those games.
Vancouver, on the other hand, didn't provide a similar punch, according to Thornton.
"[Nobody] on that side stepped up," said Thornton. "I don't want to be the sore winner and start badmouthing people over there, but I know if people on [the Canucks] were acting the way I was, I probably would have [come] off the bench and had a word about it . . . " (via CSNNE)
Thornton recorded 16 hits in five games against the Canucks, 10 of which came in the final two games - both of which Boston won.