BOSTON — Whenever a Boston Bruins player whose main attribute is skill gets into a fight, you have to straight to the Bruins’ “Commissioner of Fighting” to get a review.
So what did Shawn Thornton, the Bruins’ leader in fighting majors, think of Patrice Bergeron’s beatdown of Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges?
“Patrick Cleary, eh? Crazy Irishman,” said Thornton after the Bruins’ 5-1 win over Montreal in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the two hated rivals at TD Banknorth Garden. “He’s a good lefty; straight lefts. Pretty impressive. I didn’t doubt him for a second.”
That’s right, Bergeron’s a southpaw. And if Gorges didn’t know it, he does now. You can check out the video here:
Bergeron’s only previous two scraps at the pro level occurred during his season in the AHL in 2004-05. One was in a line battle where he got matched up with the wrong guy — an enforcer — and got beat up. In the other, he held his own against someone more in his weight class.
This time around, with 10:03 elapsed in the third period, he was clearly the victor. While he didn’t earn any Lady Byng votes with the fight, Bergeron definitely showed he won’t let anyone mess with him.
“Yeah, well he finished that check on me and he was kind of looking at me and I don’t know … I mean I guess the emotion, the intensity of the game kind of made us fight and I guess it’s better doing that than doing some cheap shots or forcing some bad hits,” said Bergeron.