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The derisive chanting had started after the fifth goal, after Shawn Thornton — who claimed never to have scored on Tim Thomas even in practice — did just that against the former Bruins goaltender.
It had taken five goals and 2½ periods for the sold-out crowd at TD Garden to go from cheering Thomas upon his pregame introduction to mocking him for a season-worst performance in a place he said still feels like a “home arena.”
And it would only get worse.