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Thornton pounces on Flyers' Rinaldo

3/9/2013
Shawn Thornton took issue with Zac Rinaldo's hit on Johnny Boychuk. AP Photo/Anthony Nesmith/CSM

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are 9-3-1 this season when the team is assessed a fighting major, and Saturday Bruins pugilist Shawn Thornton was more than willing to drop the gloves.

With Boston holding a 3-0 led in the second period, the Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo demolished Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk with a clean body check. Thornton jumped in and went toe-to-toe with Rinaldo. Thornton connected on a few good punches before the Flyers’ forward fell to the ice.

“I was just reacting to the hit,” Thornton said. “I thought they were running around a little bit and I thought I’d address it. I don’t think it was a dirty hit by any means, but it was probably the third or fourth [hit] by him, so I tried to address it.”

In the last two seasons, the Bruins are 39-15-2 when they fight.

“It was a good job by him to step up and do that,” Boychuk said. “He did a good job on that. Their whole line played extremely well tonight, and they were ready and Shawn did a good job there.”