Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/19/12
BOSTON – The Bruins opened the Stanley Cup Final playing two games without Shawn Thornton in the lineup. They lost both, and desperate for a spark, coach Claude Julien inserted Thornton back into the lineup in Game 3. His early physical play helped set the tone, and the reunited Merlot Line of Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille played a key role as the Bruins won four of the next five games in the series to claim the franchise's first Cup in 39 years. On Monday, the Bruins made sure they won't have to play the next two years without...
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