With 12 goals in 185 career games, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton will never be mistaken for a sniper like Washington's Alex Ovechkin. So after scoring one of the prettiest goals in Boston's 3-2 triumph over the Capitals in overtime Tuesday night, Thornton found himself being peppered with questions about his scoring prowess.
"Let's not get carried away boys," Thornton said with a smile. "Are you surprised? I don't score unless they are highlight reels."
Thornton picked off Ovechkin in the first period and skated in on Capitals netminder Jose Theodore before roofing a backhand at the left post. Thornton refused to take too much credit for the replay-worthy tally.
"Everyone reads and reacts out there," said Thornton. "I just happened to have a lot of time with the puck. The puck came to me and I wanted to shoot, then somebody was in the lane, so I just held onto it."
And knocking the water bottle off the top of the net, also an accident.
"No, I didn't even know it was up there," said Thornton. "Still don't."
With the goal, Thornton tied his career high of four goals (he totaled four goals and three assists in 58 games last season). Reminded of the accomplishment, he rolled with the punches.
"Yeah, that's pathetic, you're right," said Thornton after a laugh. "Four goals as a career high, that's pretty embarrassing. Hopefully we can move past it."