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.”