Boston Bruins: 5 Best Fights of 2012 (Video)

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IDecember 24, 2012

Boston Bruins: 5 Best Fights of 2012 (Video)

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    The Boston Bruins finished second in the NHL last season in fighting majors with 61, four behind the New York Rangers.

    Since the Bruins have about seven or eight guys willing to drop the gloves and fight an opposing player, it's not surprising that Boston is regularly among the leaders in fighting majors.

    Let's look at the Bruins' five best fights of 2012.

Milan Lucic vs. Mike Komisarek

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    This was Mike Komisarek's first fight with Milan Lucic as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the outcome was no different than the other two fights he had with the Bruins forward back when Komisarek was with the Montreal Canadiens.

    One of the linesman was trying to prevent the fight from happening, and unfortunately for Komisarek, he went straight for Lucic any way.

    After a few fierce uppercuts that resulted in a convincing defeat, don't expect Komisarek to ever fight Lucic again.

Shawn Thornton vs. Jody Shelley

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    This was one of the Bruins' most entertaining fights of the season, and I would give a slight advantage to Shawn Thornton.

    However, Jody Shelley proved to be a worthy opponent, as both men traded some powerful punches.

    Thornton led the Bruins with 20 fighting majors this season, which also tied him for the most in the league with Brandon Prust of the New York Rangers.

Adam McQuaid vs. Ryan White

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    There weren't many exciting fights between the Bruins and Canadiens last season, but this bout between Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid and Montreal forward Ryan White was a great one.

    Both players were determined to win this fight and weren't afraid to be aggressive. McQuaid has established himself as one of the Bruins' most valuable defenseman, and he might even be the best fighter on the team.

    That's impressive when you consider the fact that the Bruins have several other heavyweights on the roster such as Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara.

Milan Lucic vs. Tom Sestito

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    Give a lot of credit to Tom Sestito in this fight because it's not easy to take some huge punches from a player like Milan Lucic and still have the stamina and strength to last over another minute.

    Sestito did well to hang in there for a while, but in the end, Lucic was the clear winner. There were plenty of great bouts between the Flyers and Bruins last season, and hopeful the lockout ends soon so their rivalry can resume in just a few weeks.

Nathan Horton vs. Dale Weise

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    The 2011 Stanley Cup Final rematch was arguably the best regular-season game of 2011-12, and there were several fights over the 60 minutes of intense action.

    One of more lengthy and exciting bouts was between Bruins forward Nathan Horton and Vancouver Canucks forward Dale Weise. Both men traded some good punches, but neither player established himself as the clear winner.

    Weise did well in this fight, but when people think of him from this game, they remember his refusal to fight Shawn Thornton later in the first period.