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Thornton: 'We know we can be better'

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  June 11, 2011 05:54 PM

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The Bruins are back in town following their 1-0 loss to the Canucks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, and several players spoke at TD Garden this afternoon.

Tough guy Shawn Thornton said it was evident on the flight home that the Bruins weren't happy with their performances in Game 5, and they are hoping to use that as motivation for Game 6 Monday.

Here's what else Thornton talked about:

On Game 6:

"It's 3-2, so we'll have to focus on Game 6 and building on the success back here at home," Thornton said. "The rest of the numbers, all that other stuff goes right out the window, it's all about wins and losses this time of year. There's some things to build on. [Goalie Tim Thomas] is playing unbelievable. We know we can be better, but at the end of the day it's really just about wins and losses."

On why the games have been so different in Boston and Vancouver:
"I don't want to take anything away from them, they're a really good hockey team, but I don't think ... the first two games I was upstairs (as a lineup scratch) so I don't have as much of an opinion, but I know we weren't as good as we needed to be yesterday, and I don't think there's an excuse for that."

Was the mood any different flying home today compared to after Game 2?
"We're still down, so no, guys aren't happy with the performance, so I hope we keep that burr for the next game."

On the Canucks diving and trying to draw penalties:
"You guys can make your own assumption on that, I think the refs have done a pretty good job this series, I really do. I don't think they've been affected by the crowd or the other stuff, so I think the refs have done a really good job, actually."

On what the Bruins can do better:
"Every time you lose it's the same stuff, right? We have to be better in a lot of areas. I think we got outworked a little bit, and that can't happen this time of year if you want to be successful."

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