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Broad Street bully hits Yawkey Way

Thornton takes Carcillo’s call

By Fluto Shinzawa
Globe Staff / January 2, 2010

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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.’’

Roar for Orr
As the Bruins’ honorary captain, Bobby Orr drew one of the biggest hands when he walked out of the dugout and onto the ice prior to the Classic.

“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 signing close
While he has yet to sign, Miroslav Satan, last seen winning the Cup last season in Pittsburgh, is close to becoming a Bruin, according to a team source. The 35-year-old was recently named to Slovakia’s Olympic roster despite not being involved in competitive hockey this season. The Bruins are 27th in the NHL in scoring (2.5 goals per game), and Satan could be an inexpensive acquisition as an offensive-minded winger.

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.

Ring leaders
Yesterday, USA Hockey became the last federation to name its Winter Games roster. In all, the Bruins will send five players to the Vancouver Olympics: Chara (Slovakia), Tim Thomas (US), Patrice Bergeron (Canada), David Krejci (Czech Republic), and Marco Sturm (Germany). Of the five, Sturm will have the hardest fight to return with a medal around his neck. Germany opens in a group with Sweden, Finland, and Belarus. Sturm is one of five NHLers on the German roster. The others are Christian Ehrhoff (Vancouver), Marcel Goc and Alexander Sulzer (Nashville), and Dennis Seidenberg (Florida). “It’s going to be tough,’’ Sturm said with a smile. “I think we’re just glad to be there. It’s always been like that. It will be nice to be there.’’ . . . Sturm has five goals in the last six games . . . Adam McQuaid was the Bruins’ healthy scratch. Prior to the third period, McQuaid, Milan Lucic, and Mark Stuart emerged from the dugout and watched the game next to the Bruins’ bench . . . Yesterday’s game featured three Canadian Olympians: Bergeron and the Flyers’ Chris Pronger and Mike Richards. “Everyone’s said it, and you can’t say it enough, that there isn’t anyone who’s met him who isn’t happy for him,’’ Thornton said of Bergeron. “That probably speaks more about him than anything. He’s such a good guy. He works so hard. There’s a lot of guys who work hard. But we appreciate what he brings every day. It’s good to see.’’ . . . Players from both teams said the ice was good, even though the puck took some funny bounces. There was a patch at one faceoff dot that required maintenance throughout the game . . . Krejci and Marc Savard each won 10 of 14 faceoffs . . . With NBC’s Mike Emrick assuming control of the microphone yesterday, NESN’s Jack Edwards was silenced for the day. “Little bit,’’ acknowledged Edwards, when asked of any regret about not calling the game. “But there are some things that are out of your control.’’ Edwards, however, was jacked up about being on the wrong end of a snowball yesterday morning chucked by NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell. “One of the highlights of my career,’’ Edwards said . . . The Legends Classic will take place today at 2 p.m. at Fenway. Julien, currently on the Black roster, participated in a bag skate earlier this week in Tampa, joking that he needed a tuneup.

Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com.

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