BOSTON -- Looking for an emotional and physical boost, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien inserted forward Shawn Thornton into the lineup in place of rookie forward Tyler Seguin for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Thornton had been scratched every game since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Seguin was a healthy scratch for the first two series against the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers.
After Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron suffered a mild concussion and missed Games 1 and 2 of the conference finals, Seguin stepped in and played well, posting three goals and three assists in those games.
But the rookie did not register a point after that and has looked lost in the first two games of the Cup finals.
Thornton, who won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, was throwing his body around in his first shift and was given a standing ovation from the TD Garden fans.