October 23rd, 2010 by

Video: Thornton surpasses 500 PIM with fight vs. Boogaard

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Despite a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers tonight, two Bruins milestones were set ion this one.

One: Dennis Seidenberg regiustered his 100th career NHL assist.

And two: With his first fighting major of the 2010-11 NHL season — and 73rd during his tenure in the NHL — against Rangers’ Derek Boogaard, Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton surpasses joined the 500 penalty minutes club with his 503rd PIM.

“I didn’t even know that.” Thornton laughed when asked about the 500 club after the 3-2 loss tonight.

Five-hundred penalty minutes may seem like a lot, but not compared to Thornton’s minor league career, where he has over 3,100.

“I don’t think it’s that much of a milestone after 300 games or whatever competitively to the minor league numbers.” Thornton joked.

“He’s [Boogaard] arguably the toughest guy in the league, there’s no doubt about it – He’s a big man. He’s got six inches, 60-pounds. I usually try and fight smart anyways, but you have to be a little bit more careful with a guy like that.”

Thornton finished the game with four hits, two shots on goal, and 6:53 of total ice time.

(Video: hockey-fights.com)

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