Fight video: Adam McQuaid vs. former Bruins teammate Shawn Thornton

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Proponents of fighting – and also quite a few people who aren’t moved either way – believe that, every once and a while, a rousing bout can turn the momentum of a game.

There’s also the possibility that those moments can be coincidental, but what fun is that?

Whatever importance you attach to this fight, it has added meaning as Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with former Boston Bruins teammate Adam McQuaid.

You can watch the video above.

And, again, some feel as though the Florida Panthers received energy in particular from that tilt.

And now for some comic relief:

Video: Ovechkin given boarding major for hit from behind on Bruins’ Miller

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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was given a major penalty for boarding after he hit Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller from behind during the second period Saturday.

The incident occurred as Miller came off the blue line and pinched down along the boards to keep the puck in the Washington zone.

Ovechkin didn’t receive a game misconduct, while Miller left the game and hasn’t returned.

According to Rule 41.5 (Boarding – Game Misconduct Penalty) of the NHL rulebook, “When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.”

Bruins stay busy, acquire Devils’ leading scorer Stempniak

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Just when it looked like Boston was going to stand pat at the trade deadline, GM Don Sweeney flipped the script.

Shortly after getting veteran d-man John-Michael Liles out of Carolina, Sweeney acquired New Jersey’s leading point-getter, Lee Stempiak, per TSN.

Update: Per Sportsnet, 2nd- and 4th-round picks are going back to New Jersey.

Stempniak, 33, is enjoying a terrific campaign with the Devils and has emerged as one of the league’s best bargains. After going to New Jersey’s training camp on a PTO, the veteran winger scored a one-year, $850,000 deal and has since gone on to rack up 16 goals and 41 points in 63 games played.

That Boston was interested in Stempniak is no surprise. Prior to landing with the Devils, there were rumblings he would instead attend Bruins camp on a professional tryout.

As for the Bruins, today’s moves give a pretty clear indication of where Sweeney thinks the team is at, at least in terms of being a playoff contender. He didn’t move pending UFA forward Loui Eriksson, as many expected, and instead acquired two veteran rentals to help with postseason play.

Stempniak has been to the playoffs in each of the last two seasons — in ’13-14 with Pittsburgh, and ’14-15 with Winnipeg.

Bruins add d-man depth, get Liles from Carolina

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The Boston Bruins, long rumored to be in the market for blueline help at the deadline, have acquired veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles from Carolina, per TVA.

Update: The ‘Canes acquire ’11 third-round pick Anthony Camara, a third- and fifth-round pick, per ESPN.

Liles, 35, has enjoyed a good season in Carolina — he’s been durable (averaging over 20 minutes while appearing in all 64 games) and his offense has been decent, with six goals and 15 points.

Head coach Bill Peters was full of praise for the 35-year-old, calling Liles “a real good pro,” that’s been “excellent with our young guys.”

The former Avalanche, Maple Leaf and Hurricane should provide some good experience for the B’s come playoff time. He’s appeared in 40 career contests, most of which came with Colorado.

Liles is in the last of a four-year, $15.5 million deal with a $3.875M cap hit. It’s worth noting his salary is only $2.75M this season.

 

Special Effort: Bolts use a pair of power play goals to take down Bruins

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It was another difficult night on home ice for the Boston Bruins.

Not only did they give up two power play goals to the Lightning on Sunday, they also gave up a goal on a penalty shot to Steven Stamkos.

Boston opened the scoring in the first period when Kevan Miller beat Ben Bishop with a shot from the point.

But it was all downhill from there for the Bruins.

Alex Killorn tied the game with a power play goal just over five minutes later and Ryan Callahan scored the go-ahead goal after Adam McQuaid turned the puck over in the offensive zone.

Steven Stamkos also added a goal on a penalty shot.  To watch Stamkos’ goal, click here.

The Bruins have been awful on home ice. Tonight’s 4-1 loss to the Bolts dropped their record to 13-16-3 at the TD Garden in 2015-16.

Boston’s loss is Tampa’s gain.

This was a huge win for the Lightning who came into tonight’s action tied with the Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division.

Callahan led the way for the Bolts, as he had two goals and an assist tonight.

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The victory extends Tampa Bay’s winning streak to six games.