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Kevin Paul Dupont

It won’t be easy for Bruins to douse Canadiens’ fire

Shawn Thornton, that little squirt, caused a ruckus Saturday night late in the Bruins’ 4-2 win over the Canadiens at the Garden. Overzealous, and underthinking, Thornton employed his water bottle to treat P.K. Subban to a free facewash as the talented Habs defenseman skated by the Boston bench.

NBC cameras zoomed in on Strongman Shawn and caught him animatedly shaking his shoulders with laughter on the bench as the perturbed — some might say histrionic — Subban professed his objection to a nearby referee. That exaggerated chuckle on Thornton’s part doesn’t fit well with coach Claude Julien’s buttoned-down, respectful approach to standard NHL protocol.

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