Bear Knuckle Bouts: Penguins’ Michael Rupp Takes Down Shawn Thornton in March Fight at TD Garden

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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.

Shawn Thornton can usually be relied upon to win a big fight for the Bruins. Usually. On March 5, though, Michael Rupp pulled out some punches not seen from him in a long time and connected with Thornton on a couple of big blows before recording a takedown.

Thornton seemed as caught off as anyone by Rupp, as the Penguins forward got Thornton good with an uppercut. A few right hooks later and this fight was over with a clear winner.

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