Fight Cub (Feb. 1, 2009)

Boston’s Shawn Thornton tangles with Montreal’s Alex Henry. (AP)

As colleague Kevin Paul Dupont writes in this morning’s Bruins notebook: Shawn Thornton isn’t known for using his hands to score, because too often they are otherwise occupied rearranging the faces of his opponents.

Thornton proved to be a multitasker Sunday as he both scored the winning goal in Boston’s 3-1 triumph over the Canadiens and engaged in some spirited fisticuffs with Montreal’s Alex Henry.

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Tale of the Tape

LW Position D
31 Age 29
6-2 Height 6-5
217 lbs. Weight 220 lbs.

The experts’ take

  • Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe: Shawn Thornton and Alex Henry throw down gloves for a long battle in the Boston end. The two pugilists trade some bombs, with Thornton getting the better of his opponent late in the match. Henry finally gave out, willingly yielding to linesmen Mark Shewchyk and Dan Schachte.
  • Rob Longley, Toronto Sun: So it’s not for everybody, but that scrap between Boston’s Shawn Thornton and Montreal’s Alex Henry, a recent callup from the Hamilton Bulldogs, was a nice tilt on the Super Bowl undercard.

The not-so expert’s take

  • Chris Forsberg, Another slow start for Thornton, who spilled to the ice early in a tussle against New Jersey’s Bryce Salvador last week, and Henry uses his reach to land some early rights. But the big guy seems to expend too much energy early on and Thornton throws a reverse before unloading with lefts as Henry looks to the refs to intervene.

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