Before the season started DOY Patron Saint and Third Greatest NHLer of All Time Shawn Thornton had this to say about the lockout:
Snazzy coat, Twos.
And, well, he didn't waste much time before dropping the gloves in this season. After the NY Rangers scored on a partial-screen shot to cut the Bs lead to 2-1, Twos Fist of Fury saw an opportunity to right the ship and break the seal, if you will, at the same time. The result was Thornton beating down a much bigger Rupp.
Shortly after, Merlot teammate Campbell did a little jig with his fists. Both fights help stop-thrust the Rangers momentum after their goal and help swing it back toward Boston's favor. Julien was pleased.
“They did exactly what we expect them to do,” said the B’s bench boss. “Shawn has always been there for us, Soupy always like to take on bigger guys than he should, but that just means that he doesn’t back down from everybody. Not only did they score the goal, they did a lot of good things.”
Veteran move by one of the hardest working guys in the NHL.