Take a second to look at the history between these two, then you will understand why Toews dropped the gloves. Every time the hawks play the sharks jumbo Joe always seems to be head hunting Toews, for some particular reason. It's been a long time coming, but he finally went after Thornton.
Thornton is 230 lbs plus.. He milked that boarding called anyways.
Toews has had plenty of reason to go after Thornton before tonight. The sucker punch last year being the biggest one. Thornton also was practice his swan dive on the boarding call. Toews is in way over his head and cannot fight well but the emotional lift it gives the team is what made the fight stand out. The Captain standing up for himself, no matter how lopsided the matchup, and setting the tone for his team to follow.