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Christopher L. Gasper

It’s time for NHL to end fighting

Despite his tough-guy image, crusty exterior, and wit sharper than a skate blade, Bruins forward/enforcer Shawn Thornton is one of the genuine nice-guy athletes in this town.

The Black-and-Gold’s resident ruffian, Thornton got his bell rung in his last fight, a slugfest with Buffalo Sabres heavyweight John Scott during a 7-4 Boston loss Jan. 31. Thornton suffered a concussion facing the 6-foot-8-inch, 270-pound brawler who lands far more blows than shots on goal.

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