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Easily one of the best fourth lines in the NHL for the second straight season, this line brings energy every single shift they get. Thornton and Campbell once again took on a big part of the team sparking role with well timed fights while Paille does his best work while penalty killing. Part of the reason that the Bruins role four lines is because these three guys can handle the ice time.
For a guy like Thornton, a rough and tough guy who is arguably one of the best pound for pound fighter in the league, to only miss one game is absolutely remarkable. Thornton finished the season tied for first in fighting majors, a good portion of those fights came with the Bruins in need of a wake up call. Thornton chipped in with 13 points and scored on a penalty shot with a beautiful forehand backhand move that got a rise out of the Garden and his teammates.
A statistical drop off from last season, but everything else was there. Campbell answers the bell with any opposing player and gets his job done. The fourth line center is not out there to put up points. He is out there to bring energy, get pucks deep, and take the body every chance he gets. Campbell does all that, he is a talented player with a decent shot and a great understanding of the game. Campbell notched 8 goals and 16 points this season way down from his 29 points the year before.
With only 9 goals and 15 points, Paille seemed to have a lackluster season, but that is not the case. He plays hard every shift and is one of the best penalty killing forwards on the team. His speed produces many scoring threats while short handed, more than enough to disrupt any teams power play. His great special teams play earned him a new three year contract recently. A former first rounder playing on the fourth line, if he stays healthy don’t be surprised if he pots 20 goals in the next three years.
In only 48 games Caron had 7 goals and 15 points. He showed flashes of a player that can score and he showed that he still is not that player. With more time and more confidence, Caron can be a good player in this league. He needs to make a big jump next season to show what he’s got or he could find himself out of the Bruins organization just as Zach Hamill did. Caron did make a huge and noticeable improvement on his game this season, but now he needs to make a bigger one to stick around.