OK, I rarely get involved in the reviewing preseason stuff,
(mainly because the leagues' own preseason coverage is so scattery, and often, hard to come by...even for D.S. and his amazing team that run this legendary site),
... but. when it comes to first fight of the year, in a new uniform, no less,
for my nominee, as the ''heir-apparent to Goddard crown''...
(apologies to Boogaard fans everywhere)..I have to make an exception.
Props to Thornton for showing up, and handling himself surprisingly well, considering... but that ''rut'' he caught, could also be described as a ''left''.
Too bad ''19'' was already taken, but here's hoping that this change of scenery will finally allow King a chance to garner the proper amount of respect befitting the ''under-appreciated, pound-for-pound, monster with fragile hands''... that he is.
King dominated early on, but midway Thornton nailed him right on the button with the best shot in the fight. I think DJ had enough at the end and he simply threw Shawn down to the ice like a sack of potatoes.
King was swarming Thornton early, but Shawn may have landed the best punches of the fight. Still, King's activity gives him the win here. Good fight, and the Caps may have someone to hide behind this year, provided King's brittle wrist holds up.