Thornton's goal on Thomas may be a first

BOSTON -- It was only his fourth goal of the season, but Shawn Thornton's nifty backhander against former teammate Tim Thomas during Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers at TD Garden was a biggie.

With two defenders draped all over him, Thornton made a nice move out of the right corner and beat Thomas with a strike to the top left side of the net at 8:14 of the third period.

"The next whistle we had a shift down there and he said 'Are you kidding me?' He was actually laughing; he was as surprised as I was," Thornton said.

Thomas, of course, hates when someone scores on him -- whether it's in a game or at practice. That was the case during his eight-year tenure in Boston and Thornton witnessed it firsthand.

"I don’t know if I ever scored a goal on him in five years in practice, so that might have been my first right there," Thornton said with a laugh. "He seemed to stop me a lot in practice.

"Yeah we’ve played with him, we know how he plays," he added. "But that stuff doesn’t really go through my head when I’m coming out of the corner with the puck -- what his tendencies are. I’m kind of just looking for where I can go with it and hopefully it works out. Honestly, on that goal, [Daniel Paille] brought a lot of guys to him and created a lot of space for myself."

The Bruins are 26-4 when Thornton scores a goal.