Nice to start the year with a good one, great fight. Welcome back everyone.
Thornton is one tough SOB. After watching Rupp get his head handed to him last spring by Jody Shelley I have to believe the Rangers will miss Brandon Prust.
The best scrap of opening night. Thornton always seems to hold his own against taller guys. This fight was much closer than I first thought. But the Mayor of Charlestown gets the W.
NOt nearly as one sided as the poll would indicate. Draw
Rupp appeared to have the better of at first, but when the big boy's get tired, it's easy to get caught. Rupp gets caught in the end. Slight edge Thornton!
seemed pretty even to me, rupp seems to get the jump thornton finished stronger.
Gotta go with draw-just a good first game bout-
Didnt see a Thornton win like most people did,looked like a draw to me,not many landed on either side,a lot of jersey jabs,this wont be their last fight this year!!
good scrap by two tuff boys. Very close. The rangers wish they had a tuff guy like rupp now.
rupp might have landed a little bit more but im going with draw...and 6
Not sure how everyone's giving this one to Thornton only positive was he ended on top he didn't land anything. Draw
good fight, no winner..... if you wait to the end it looks like rupp has a broken nose though
' Rupp with the blood. Thornton with the welts. Draw and a 7
Rupp landed more shots but Thornton landed the more effective shots evidenced by Rupps bloody nose. Good fight but edge to Thornton.
Not sure how Thornton came away with such a parge vote as winner. great fight, but really a draw. Rupp up front, and Thornton in the second half. Side note: Just glad to see it before Sept of this year!!!
thornton banged rupp up!
Thornton on points.
22 all the way. Who's next.
Well, Rupp looked old there, and that's not good for NYR.....Thornton and a 5
St with the win
Rupp is usually tough to beat when he gets that initial jersey grab and his long arm locked but Thornton is pro's pro and prevails in the end.
Ben Seaver rocked the bowl cut of all bowl cuts.
Slight edge to Thornton
Thornton with the win. Rupp is not as good as he used to be.
I like these two players... Win to Thornton. Difference in the win was how Thornton changed things up with the upper-cut and jersey jabs. Rupp stayed with the over-hand right that never connected. Nice respect at the end by Shawn.
Two guys doing the job they are paid to do. Good showing by both. Rupp did a great job of locking up Thornton's right hand until Thornton threw the short left. Rupp didn't see it coming, lost grip, and payed the price with a pretty decent right hand. Edge Thornton, but great showing for both. Hell of a way to start the season.
good fight ST edges him with the harder shots
Thornton used his tactical skills to edge out the taller Rupp.
Close fight that really showed how bigger Rupp is than Thornton but Thornton held his own and scored a close decision.
Clinic on how to handle a larger opponent...
Another good fight between these two, but definite win for ST.
Close early, Rupp with more shots, the sheriff came back late and took the edge. Class act not popping Rupp when he went down. Eastern conf. is loaded with heavyweights, should be a fun short season.
Thornton held his own and ducked the big swing, Rupp got a bloody nose. Good fight from both win Thornton
Good first bout of season for Thorny, Rupp is a tough customer
There is nobody more consistent than Thorty. As usual, beats a bigger opponent.
Pretty nice fight. Rupp dominated at the beginning with his size. But then he kinda loosen it and Shawn could turn the fight around with couple of nice hits. Shawn got this one.
ok fight the best so far
What kind of NY homer votes Rupp on this? Thornton beat him handily.
Thornton is one tough dude. Fun to watch him fight. He wins this one...makes up for getting punched up by Rupp last year...I'm sure Edwards doesn't remember that one. There are lots of really good play-by-play people. Too bad Boston can't find any of theem.
good brawl by two tough guys
Thorts with the strategic win.
thornton with a win ..over a bigger dude
Rupp early, Thornton late and with the most effective punch gives Shawn the edge.
@lcp_bradly....you may be right about the blood comment but that left/right combo that cracked Rupp's nose was clearly the most significant punches thrown. Not sure what "Thornton looking pissy" even means but he sure looked like he would have gone a few more rounds if Rupp didnt take the dive, not sure you could say the same about Rupp.
Pretty even bout But Shawn catches Rupp with the cleaner harder shots. Close, but win for Thornton
thornton gets the win in this fight
Good beef, anyone saying draw or giving it to Rupp is just a Bruin hater. But like i said good beef. Thorts takes this 1.
Rupp with the quantity, but Thornton with the quality...edge to Thornton!
Thornton gets the Rupp monkey off of his back in this one. Win Thornton.
Love the early stick tap from Thornton to Halpern......"kid, get outta hear and take the draw. send Rupp over here". Thornton with a strong debut
fight was a draw
Rupps reach gives Thornton some problems. Even with the bloody nose I call it a draw. Both caught as good as they gave. Not sure if it was the final punch from Thornton that put Rupp down or a lack of balance. Until otherwise conviced I give it a draw.
...Rupp had the better of him till falling down,....was ahead on points, I guess,....
I'm a diehard Bruins fan, but I can't honestly see how Thornton won or how this fight is rated a 6.5 at the time of this post. It sucks saying it but IMO average fight, if anything Rupp lands 75% of the punches then loses balance. Just my opinion: average fight and draw
even bout,both throwing a few punches
Just like the B's, Thorty starts the season with a W. Go B's!
Thornton comboing off the jersey jabs.
Another case where Shawn lets the guy off the hook.
Thornton gets the W here more energy and more clean shots.
MRMoms first review and it hurts to say that Rupp is clearly not in as good of shape as Thorton and gets his nose handed to him. Ouch
Classy move by Thornton not to beat Rupp when he went to the ice.
Mere payback from last year when Rupp absolutely whooped that middleweight (at best) Thornton's ass.
Thornton controlled the fight its that simple. He staggered Rupp twice with 2 great sweater jabs that IMO gave Thornton the win. Thornton looked really focused in this fight and more ready to go than Rupp. Win Thornton but close.
Way to be Thorton. Glad you made that beak leak.
very close. Thornton wins last 20 seconds and take down. Good job for both.
When I saw it live, I thought Thornton dominated, as it didn't look like Rupp connected on any quality swings, so when I get to the site and see votes for Rupp i'm like "oh yeah, Bruins Hatin' starts early" , but looking at it a few times it WAS a pretty close bout... Friggin Rupp is a BIG guys with a long reach... Thorton wins a great fight by a nose (get it?)
Great fight. I was surprised. Rupp seemed to have Thornton's number the last couple of times out, but Thornton does a great job of keeping close and landing the better shots. Assuming the NHL doesn't launch another major pussification campaign, this should be a good year for fighting.
The fight kind of started in Rupp's favor, Thornton could get anything going, tied up with Rupp ...then somehow or another, Thornton got going, tagging the much taller Rupp, got him on the nose too..Thornton is a beast and he showed Rupp once again who's boss, Rupp was bleeding like a faucet in the box, holding his shnauuze!
Seems to me Rupp clearly won the start of the fight, Thornton with his 1-2 combo took the middle round, and Thornton edged Rupp at the end. Ergo, Thornton winner.
quote from Hockeyfights.com "The Rangers had a combined listed advantage of eight inches, but it looked more along the lines of a foot." and they have a pic of Rupp with a shot on Thorny, yet Thornton won the fight, think some of the guys at Hockeyfights.com need to watch the fights better. lol
Good fight edge to thorton!
Thornton with the win.Rupp with that size.Hopefully he will put it to use this year with his mouth to Lucic or Chara or Mac. They lost Prust and Scott is he really a solution for the Rangers. GOOD LUCK.Rangers fighting this year drops by 25-30.Goes down to 3rd place.
Thornton gets the Win over Mr. Irrelevant Rupp.
Thorty with the edge. Great season opener bout for him. Combo worked out great. Welcome back everyone!!!
Thornton is so small compared to rupp.. Rupp nailed him a couple times... But Thornton drew blood, and ended up on top at the end.
Clash of the titans right here, hopefully there is a rematch this year.
Goes to thornton bringin blood out of the nyr rupp winner is thornton,
shawn thornton took rupp to the woodshed for a beatdown
If you were watching rupp in the box he defenitly got his nose broken and these MSG commentators suck jack Edwards and Andy Brinkley were better at calling the fights
well well well here we go, thorty rocked that rag lol leaking all over td garden SLAP SLAP BANG GOOD NIGHT MR RUFF LOL LOL
rupp has size and still got his @$$ kicked by the way in which world is your face bleeding after a fight but you still won 12.1% of you are retarted
Thornton DID NOT win this fight, open your damn eyes!
Rupp landing the only power punch here. Thorton with some jabs..
You guys are hilarious. I pride myself, despite being a Ranger fan on giving credit where credit is due, but come on. 73% of you say Thornton WON this? Thats alarming. More of a draw than anything. Jesus you Boston Fans are clowns.
Ok ....its really kinda funny how things change in exactly a year ....Go back see last years fight ....Thornton did better in it and people gave it to Rupp Hmmmm ...This year, close fight Rupp maybe landing more !? I'll call a draw .... Everyone vote Thornton!!!! WTF ????? Bottom line is I love Thornton he is Tuff as nails buit he has a Ruppf Haha time with Rupp :) He hasnt beat him clean in any of the fights on here and he got SMOKED once !!!
Rupp lands early ..Thornton lands hard at 48 secs _..that and the jersey jabs might have stolen it but i say draw...blood don"t count.
Rupp landed more but Thornton had the bigger shots. Draw.
Excellent jab work from Thornton to go with those bombs. And the class not to hit when Rupp was on the ice. Win Thornton!
thorty did work
You pu$$y homers and B-haters! This was not even close. ST broke Rupp's nose w/ right cross that sent him down; watch again and enjoy the NY carnage/roadkill!
Rupp ran out of gas. Win for Thornton.
Thornton with the edge this time, once again showing that although he gives up size in nearly every fight, he'll take on anyone..... Welcome back gentleman.... And let us not forget to welcome back "les dames" of Montreal and Vancouver!!!! Adjust those thongs ladies, it's going to be another year of beat downs....
Good fight to start off the year
Pretty close fight here but Rupp's broken beak gives Thornton the win...
Thornton wins here...landed some better shots...Rupp stood his ground though until the end.. you could tell he was outmatched and tired...kudos to both for dropping the gloves
Thorty definitely caught him with that combo. Good solid bout. Edge Thornton.
Allday Shawnee T....Welcome back Bruins Nation...Hell yeah!
Thorny hung in there taking some glancing blows until rupp was gassed and then thorny clearly lit him up. Thorny and a 7.
Not a lot connected early, but when it did, POW right on the button. Rupp left bloody
Rupp had the edge early but Thornton came on strong late and gets the nod. Pretty good fight. I gave it a 7.
Thornton was smart and patient for the win
pretty good fight. at the end a good combo from thornton! win thornton
thorny starts right up where he left off. given his size, rupp is not that good. and shut the hell up Lucic_Power, you don't deserve to use lucic's name.
thornton win this .plz go watch( Embellishment City )on youtube for see real bruins
Close fight and i scored it an honest none homer draw!Thortons last punched missed and he pulled Rupp to the ice. Watch it in slow motion Homers!
another beantown beatdown
The juice finally kicked in and finally "i'm a man"Thorny gets brave. Next Wednesday we will really see Gregorys Daddys baby sitting Zebras sucking up to their commander in chief ... Fully expect O'Halloran and O'Rourke to be on the Bruins Bench soon.
@pmarz1 the combo was good but the fight general was punch for punch. And Thornton looking pissy was when he was in the box. It was pretty even fight to me.