January 19, 2013
2nd Period - 13:35
2012-2013 Regular Season
Voting Results
Shawn Thornton 72.4% (234 votes)
Michael Rupp 11.8% (38 votes)
Draw 15.8% (51 votes)

Past User Reviews
Posted by sedinfan on January 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Nice to start the year with a good one, great fight. Welcome back everyone.

Posted by staceyb on January 20, 2013 at 07:34 AM

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.

Posted by mudman55 on January 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM

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.

Posted by brazos on January 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

NOt nearly as one sided as the poll would indicate. Draw

Posted by heyoukid on January 21, 2013 at 05:52 PM

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!

Posted by bravesman16 on January 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

seemed pretty even to me, rupp seems to get the jump thornton finished stronger.

Posted by NMBbob on January 20, 2013 at 09:55 AM

Gotta go with draw-just a good first game bout-

Posted by Bakes923 on January 20, 2013 at 12:14 PM

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!!

Posted by the kid 61 on May 15, 2016 at 06:33 PM

good scrap by two tuff boys. Very close. The rangers wish they had a tuff guy like rupp now.

Posted by DARCY T on January 21, 2013 at 06:17 AM

rupp might have landed a little bit more but im going with draw...and 6

Posted by rangers16 on January 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Clear draw.

Posted by Jack o on January 20, 2013 at 05:20 PM

Not sure how everyone's giving this one to Thornton only positive was he ended on top he didn't land anything. Draw

Posted by Crozie1986 on January 30, 2013 at 01:10 AM

good fight, no winner..... if you wait to the end it looks like rupp has a broken nose though

Posted by ahartnack on January 20, 2013 at 08:23 AM

' Rupp with the blood. Thornton with the welts. Draw and a 7

Posted by delneggs on January 20, 2013 at 01:42 PM

Rupp landed more shots but Thornton landed the more effective shots evidenced by Rupps bloody nose. Good fight but edge to Thornton.

Posted by mcdadeds on January 20, 2013 at 06:07 PM

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!!!

Posted by probie4life on January 20, 2013 at 03:03 AM

thornton banged rupp up!

Posted by DIRTYWATAH on January 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Thornton on points.

Posted by Killer Bezz on January 21, 2013 at 05:16 PM

22 all the way. Who's next.

Posted by Joceron on January 19, 2013 at 08:58 PM

Well, Rupp looked old there, and that's not good for NYR.....Thornton and a 5

Posted by Hatebgred on January 19, 2013 at 09:26 PM

St with the win

Posted by B-Bear on June 02, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Thornton wins

Posted by Walt on January 21, 2013 at 01:27 PM

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.

Posted by The DZA on January 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Ben Seaver rocked the bowl cut of all bowl cuts.

Posted by QUIGGS22 on January 20, 2013 at 08:18 AM

Slight edge to Thornton

Posted by MeatPlow on January 20, 2013 at 08:49 AM

Thornton with the win. Rupp is not as good as he used to be.

Posted by fernben8 on January 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

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.

Posted by Binx on January 20, 2013 at 07:23 PM

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.

Posted by mmadced on January 20, 2013 at 02:51 PM

good fight ST edges him with the harder shots

Posted by kinga101 on January 21, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Thornton used his tactical skills to edge out the taller Rupp.

Posted by mtchbx on January 21, 2013 at 07:03 PM

Close fight that really showed how bigger Rupp is than Thornton but Thornton held his own and scored a close decision.

Posted by koolpunch on January 20, 2013 at 09:25 AM

Clinic on how to handle a larger opponent...

Posted by montrealSUCKS on January 20, 2013 at 08:18 AM

Another good fight between these two, but definite win for ST.

Posted by KillSabrehatred on January 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM

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.

Posted by nait on January 20, 2013 at 09:48 AM

Thornton held his own and ducked the big swing, Rupp got a bloody nose. Good fight from both win Thornton

Posted by OrionsQwest on January 20, 2013 at 06:25 PM

Good first bout of season for Thorny, Rupp is a tough customer

Posted by dontpokeTheBear on January 25, 2013 at 11:52 PM

There is nobody more consistent than Thorty. As usual, beats a bigger opponent.

Posted by Doforos on January 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

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.

Posted by Roadglide on January 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

ok fight the best so far

Posted by Dr_Gonz9 on January 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM

What kind of NY homer votes Rupp on this? Thornton beat him handily.

Posted by Great Murray on January 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM

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.

Posted by RAF8838 on January 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM

good brawl by two tough guys

Posted by terrystanjohn on January 20, 2013 at 07:30 AM

Thorts with the strategic win.

Posted by Jellyczar on January 22, 2013 at 07:34 PM

thornton with a win ..over a bigger dude

Posted by ETR on January 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Rupp early, Thornton late and with the most effective punch gives Shawn the edge.

Posted by pmarz1 on January 19, 2013 at 08:59 PM

@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.

Posted by FotiuNystrom on January 19, 2013 at 09:34 PM

Pretty even bout But Shawn catches Rupp with the cleaner harder shots. Close, but win for Thornton

Posted by bruins rule on January 19, 2013 at 11:00 PM

thornton gets the win in this fight

Posted by smashem on January 21, 2013 at 04:30 PM

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.

Posted by lefthook25 on January 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Rupp with the quantity, but Thornton with the quality...edge to Thornton!

Posted by RCSheppy on January 20, 2013 at 06:49 PM

Thornton gets the Rupp monkey off of his back in this one. Win Thornton.

Posted by Nick_Fotiu on January 20, 2013 at 08:57 AM

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

Posted by TrueBlue26 on January 20, 2013 at 02:44 PM


Posted by lb1631 on January 20, 2013 at 03:06 PM

fight was a draw

Posted by Gunslinger on January 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM

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.

Posted by Oil Can Henry on January 20, 2013 at 01:31 AM

...Rupp had the better of him till falling down,....was ahead on points, I guess,....

Posted by bmcgowan89 on March 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

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

Posted by H.i.t.m.a.n 514 on January 19, 2013 at 09:47 PM


Posted by pepsigenerate on January 20, 2013 at 01:24 AM

even bout,both throwing a few punches

Posted by BruinsBeatdown on January 20, 2013 at 07:48 AM

Just like the B's, Thorty starts the season with a W. Go B's!

Posted by 777Big on January 19, 2013 at 09:45 PM


Posted by MilburyKOMyKid on January 21, 2013 at 09:34 PM

Thornton comboing off the jersey jabs.

Posted by beretta804 on January 19, 2013 at 09:23 PM

Another case where Shawn lets the guy off the hook.

Posted by fenians79 on January 20, 2013 at 07:23 AM

Thornton gets the W here more energy and more clean shots.

Posted by Mrmom on January 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

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

Posted by Paulo1989 on January 19, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Thornton won!!!

Posted by Andros666 on January 20, 2013 at 01:38 PM

Classy move by Thornton not to beat Rupp when he went to the ice.

Posted by JSCOTTISTHEBOSS on January 20, 2013 at 02:00 PM

Mere payback from last year when Rupp absolutely whooped that middleweight (at best) Thornton's ass.

Posted by NSalBB91 on March 05, 2013 at 03:09 AM

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.

Posted by The Chief on January 20, 2013 at 08:00 AM

Way to be Thorton. Glad you made that beak leak.

Posted by kingpintoo on January 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

very close. Thornton wins last 20 seconds and take down. Good job for both.

Posted by EdNo on January 21, 2013 at 09:39 AM

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?)

Posted by bruins34 on January 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

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.

Posted by mpdeane9 on January 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM

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!

Posted by Kordic64 on March 29, 2013 at 09:31 PM

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.

Posted by Bostonslugfest on January 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

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

Posted by lbachand on January 20, 2013 at 08:57 AM

Good fight edge to thorton!

Posted by bammer24 on January 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM

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.

Posted by Boston Garden on January 19, 2013 at 08:59 PM

Thornton gets the Win over Mr. Irrelevant Rupp.

Posted by allgd20 on January 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Thorty with the edge. Great season opener bout for him. Combo worked out great. Welcome back everyone!!!

Posted by Blankshell on January 21, 2013 at 11:14 AM

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.

Posted by mikebones138 on February 01, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Clash of the titans right here, hopefully there is a rematch this year.

Posted by Redneck70 on February 06, 2013 at 04:35 PM

Goes to thornton bringin blood out of the nyr rupp winner is thornton,

Posted by DEREK SWISLOSKY on January 20, 2013 at 05:44 PM

shawn thornton took rupp to the woodshed for a beatdown

Posted by FN_Five_seveN on January 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

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

Posted by joe the boss 63 on January 23, 2013 at 06:13 AM

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

Posted by mcquaidfan12 on March 04, 2013 at 05:31 PM

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

Posted by flyerguy on January 20, 2013 at 01:51 PM

Thornton DID NOT win this fight, open your damn eyes!

Posted by letsdance24 on January 21, 2013 at 07:28 PM

Rupp landing the only power punch here. Thorton with some jabs..

Posted by dstew1980 on January 21, 2013 at 12:08 AM

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.

Posted by muskokadangler on January 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM

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 !!!

Posted by Fourinarow on January 21, 2013 at 12:11 AM

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.

Posted by samtheman on January 20, 2013 at 07:04 AM

Rupp landed more but Thornton had the bigger shots. Draw.

Posted by WickedMonstah on January 23, 2013 at 03:11 PM

Excellent jab work from Thornton to go with those bombs. And the class not to hit when Rupp was on the ice. Win Thornton!

Posted by RespectDaStache on January 20, 2013 at 01:48 AM

thorty did work

Posted by habssuck on January 20, 2013 at 03:42 PM

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!

Posted by mike2323 on January 20, 2013 at 06:15 AM

Rupp ran out of gas. Win for Thornton.

Posted by SouthPaw017 on January 21, 2013 at 05:02 AM

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....

Posted by wzc32798 on January 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Good fight to start off the year

Posted by grocerystick on January 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Pretty close fight here but Rupp's broken beak gives Thornton the win...

Posted by Senatorfan2013 on June 28, 2013 at 02:22 PM

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

Posted by niftyweave on January 19, 2013 at 08:54 PM

Thorty definitely caught him with that combo. Good solid bout. Edge Thornton.

Posted by chad420 on January 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Allday Shawnee T....Welcome back Bruins Nation...Hell yeah!

Posted by Highstick1 on January 20, 2013 at 06:33 PM

Thorny hung in there taking some glancing blows until rupp was gassed and then thorny clearly lit him up. Thorny and a 7.

Posted by pvdrummer2000 on March 04, 2015 at 02:13 AM

Not a lot connected early, but when it did, POW right on the button. Rupp left bloody

Posted by FHgrad99 on January 20, 2013 at 03:32 AM

Rupp had the edge early but Thornton came on strong late and gets the nod. Pretty good fight. I gave it a 7.

Posted by kkdowning on January 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Thornton was smart and patient for the win

Posted by tomnuetten on January 20, 2013 at 06:21 AM

pretty good fight. at the end a good combo from thornton! win thornton

Posted by travist on January 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM

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.

Posted by flamesgoon on March 07, 2013 at 08:17 PM

thornton win this .plz go watch( Embellishment City )on youtube for see real bruins

Posted by rocky 1 on January 20, 2013 at 02:16 AM

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!

Posted by Bruins3717 on January 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

another beantown beatdown

Posted by Custombreaks on January 19, 2013 at 11:26 PM

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.

Posted by lcp_bradly on January 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM

@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.