BOSTON -- Bruins forward Shawn Thornton suffered what appeared to be a right leg injury 22 seconds into the third period during Boston's 5-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of the first round Stanley Cup playoff series Saturday at TD Garden.
Thornton went into the boards awkwardly after attempting to apply a check on the Canadiens' P.K. Subban between the benches. At the last second, Subban ducked and Thornton went crashing into the boards.
A team trainer tended to Thornton, and he needed help off the ice and back to the locker room. He returned midway through the third period and received a standing ovation on his first shift back.
"He's definitely a warrior," said Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron. "It's not necessarily surprising from him, but with that being said he always wants to be out there with us and battling and fighting. It definitely sends out the right message to all the guys."
After the game, Thornton wasn't too pleased with Subban for ducking the check.
"I don't like people ducking," he said. "I think [Brad Marchand] got about five games for it once. I will say, off the draw he apologized afterwards, so there's that. I think it's a dangerous play, personally. But it's playoffs, it's hockey, I'm fine, so we're OK."
After the game, Subban said he didn't know what happened on the play.
"I just tried to shoot the puck around the zone and I sort of lost my footing there," he said. "Obviously you don't want to see anybody go off hurt but he came back, I don't know if he stayed in the game, happy to see that."