Bear Knuckle Bouts: Nathan Horton Fights Back During Bruins Loss, Challenges Dion Phaneuf

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Editor?s note: Every day leading up to the start of the 2011-12 season, NESN.com 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.

Nathan Horton hates losing. Six seasons with a losing team will do that to you. So when the Bruins trailed the Maple Leafs 5-1 in late March, Horton wasn?t going down without a fight. Literally.

With just over eight minutes to play in the third, Horton shamed Dion Phaneuf into fighting him. Although Horton lost the bout, it sent a good message to his teammates and the city of Boston: Don't accept losing by four goals.

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