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Hawks’ John Scott backs away from feud with Bruins’ Shawn Thornton

Hawks winger Daniel Carcillo stands up Jets defenseman Mark Stuart first period as Chicago Blackhawks host Winnipeg Jets Thursday October

Hawks winger Daniel Carcillo stands up to Jets defenseman Mark Stuart in the first period as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Winnipeg Jets Thursday October 13, 2011 at the United Center. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 23, 2012 3:48AM



John Scott is ready to let bygones be bygones.

The Blackhawks enforcer said he hasn’t given a second thought to the war of words he waged through the media with Shawn Thornton in March of last season.

Thornton and the Boston Bruins visit the United Center on Saturday. It will be his first game against the Hawks since the Bruins forward said he would “deal with it in my own way” after an unknown Hawks player yelled something as he left the ice after an inadvertent skate opened up a gash above his right eye.

Scott didn’t take too kindly to the threat or Thorton’s accusation the Hawks are a team that “will chirp a lot.”

“If I’m in the lineup [next time Thornton faces the Blackhawks], he’s more than welcome to come chirp at me. I’ll kick the [expletive] out of him,” Scott told reporters at the time.

But when asked about the dust-up this week, Scott said he hadn’t thought about it.

“I forgot about that,” Scott said. “I don’t expect anything to happen. If I forgot about it, I’m sure he forgot about it. It was an issue at the time, but the press blows things up. Maybe he’s still upset, but I don’t have any bad blood.”

And as for the mystery chirper?

“Oh yeah, I know who it was, but I’m not going to say anything,” Scott said.

Saad to see him go

Coach Joel Quenneville said with Daniel Carcillo back from suspension and expected returns of Viktor Stalberg (knee) and Ben Smith (concussion), numbers played into the decision to assign 18-year-old Brandon Saad back to juniors.

“He had a great camp and deserved a chance to begin here,” Quenneville said. “All of a sudden you’ve got [guys] coming back, so there’s numbers [factored into the decision]. At the same time, the kid’s got a bright future … There’s nothing but upside for him.”

Quenneville said Smith and Stalberg could potentially be ready to play Saturday against the Bruins.

Living the dream

Jonathan Toews said his parents and a few buddies were in town to see him take on the team he grew up watching. Toews was 8 when the Jets left Winnipeg in 1996.

“I remember going to games and you don’t understand what it means how much you’ll ­really miss having a hockey team,” Toews said. “For me, that’s where it all started. The NHL dream kind of came from going to Jets games.”

Birthday gift

Defenseman Sean O’Donnell turned 40 on Thursday and told reporters he had a special gift waiting for him in his locker when he arrived at the rink.

“There might have been a walker in my stall,” O’Donnell said.



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