Bear Knuckle Bouts: Shawn Thornton, Matt Carkner Engage in Fight of the Year Candidate

Editor’s note: Every day leading up to the start of the 2011-12 season, will post one fight from the 2010-11 Bruins season. At the end of each week, fans can vote for what they thought was the best fight of the week, and after every fight has been posted, they can vote on which fight was the best of the year.

  Just seven minutes after Nathan Horton took down his right-wing counterpart Jesse Winchester, the Bruins' Shawn Thornton got into it with Ottawa's own tough guy, Matt Carkner. Both players got their punches in during the 40-second battle, although it was Carkner who ended up on top when the refs finally broke it up.

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