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First period analysis: Physical play

Updated: January 1, 2010, 2:46 PM ET
By Matt Kalman

BOSTON -- He played coy when asked about it Thursday after practice, but you knew that Bruins winger Shawn Thornton was going to find a way to make history by getting into the first-ever Winter Classic fight Friday at Fenway Park.

It took just 12 minutes and one second into the hard-hitting first stanza for Thornton and Philadelphia tough guy Daniel Carcillo to drop the gloves. While Carcillo got the upper hand in the bout, the fans got their biggest thrill of the day and Thornton ...

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