Broad Street bully hits Yawkey Way
Thornton takes Carcillo’s call
Shawn Thornton wasn’t looking to make history. Daniel Carcillo was.
With zero fights taking place in the first two Winter Classics, the Flyers’ tough guy pledged prior to yesterday to be the first to throw down in an outdoor game. After inquiring with several Bruins in the first period, Carcillo found a willing partner in Thornton at 12:01.
“It wasn’t about that,’’ Thornton said of being involved in the first fight. “He was out there and asked a couple guys. I don’t think it’s anybody else’s job to do that. There’s nobody on the team that has the same role as me. So I went and obliged. Yeah, first one ever, I guess. You’ve been reminding me about it for the last six months. It happened. Now it’s over and we can stop talking about it.’’
The fight, which had the Fenway Park fans roaring in approval, saw the players grab each other’s jerseys with their left hands and throw several rights. Thornton then switched to his left, which opened him up for Carcillo to land a solid right hand to end the fight. Once Carcillo arrived in the penalty box, he raised both hands and gestured to the crowd.
For the Bruins, it was an early flicker of emotion that didn’t reappear until the third period when they made their charge.
“We play our best when we have that emotion and passion,’’ said Zdeno Chara. “That’s when we get going and really push each other even harder. That’s when we’re at our best.’’
“Everybody who knows him knows what a special person he is, and is fortunate to know him and be friends with him,’’ said Mark Recchi. “I just wish I could be as classy as he is. He’s one of the best people I’ve ever met and one of the best hockey players to ever play. So it was great to have him out there and it was great to have him as our team captain. It was an honor.’’
Bobby Clarke served as Philadelphia’s honorary captain.
Satan tallied 17 goals and 19 assists in 65 regular-season games for the Penguins last season. For salary cap reasons, Satan was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton March 4, then brought back to Pittsburgh for the playoffs. In 17 postseason games, Satan scored one goal and had five assists.
Satan has 354 goals in 1,012 NHL games.
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