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Video: Chara, Boyle drop gloves in Thanksgiving throwdown

Nov 29, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT

Late in the second period of the Bruins-Rangers Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC, Boston captain Zdeno Chara and New York’s Brian Boyle engaged in some fisticuffs:

While the fight didn’t last long and Boyle looked overmatched, it’s still fair to call this one of the biggest tilts of the year — Boyle (6-foot-7, 244 pounds) is listed as the fifth-tallest player player in the league while Chara (6-foot-9, 255) tops the list.

It’s possible the Bruins got a lift from the scrap, as Patrice Bergeron scored just 1:35 into the third period to even the score at two. Brad Marchand opened the game’s scoring at 11:42 of the first period, but New York responded quickly with a pair of tallies from Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh — scored roughly 90 seconds apart — to take the lead.

  1. slaugin - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Don’t poke the Bear!

  2. slaugin - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Told ya! Big Z!!

  3. ironyisadeadscene - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Here come the predictable comments about who chara doesn’t fight from the butthurt fans of teams the bruins have stomped a mud hole in over the past few years

    • rtookey - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Speaking of butthurting and stompings… how about them Blackhawk Stanley cup champs

  4. dropthepuckeh - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Almost felt bad for Boyle there as he looked liked he wanted nothing to do with Chara. Almost. But at 6’7″ and going after Krejci you have to expect the heat. Good to see he wasn’t hurt in the end.

    • geejon - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Boyle might be tall but he’s not much of a fighter. Chara gets much respect from this Rangers fan as he had several opportunities to tag Boyle when he was on the ice but never did. He didn’t swing til Boyle got back up.

      • matt14gg - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:39 AM

        It’s good to see some people get it, cuz there are a lot that don’t. A lot of players don’t follow the code and in the case of Chara, if he didn’t he could hurt some guys, Boyle included. Chara would not hit Boyle until he had the chance to defend himself and as soon as Boyle was in trouble the fight was over. That’s the right way to do it, and Chara always plays the game the right way.

  5. skinsfolife - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Why didn’t the refs let that fight go on like they let biron beat the crap out of holtby? I wish chara broke his eye socket.

  6. kp20520 - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, chara wins that fight 99/100 times, but was Boyle at the end of a shift? Just looking for some context to that rag dolling. I expected a better show than that!

    • drewzducks - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      Good question. But Boyle and most of the Rangers changed up at about 5:11 and the “fight” started at 5:03 so I have no idea why he was flopping around and not trying to put up some kind of fight.

  7. mornelithe - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I thought Thanksgiving was yesterday? Wouldn’t it be a Black Friday showdown?

  8. slysipops - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    CHARA was throwing before BOYLE knew he wanted to really go for a change ! DON’T GET YOURSELVES ALL LATHERED UP B-FANS! always remember how the BLACKHAWKS brought CHARA down out of the treetops. maybe he would like basketball more ?

  9. slysipops - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM


  10. blackhawks2010 - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Chara destroyed him, almost as embarrassing as what the Hawks did to Chara in the Cup finals, almost.

    • drewzducks - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      The Hawks are about as relevant to this conversation as are the 1 1/2 piss poor baseball teams in Chicago.

      • slysipops - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        not really……the topic was lordship of the ring CHARA wasn’t it ? BUT, why bring baseball into a hockey site ? besides if you think you are pissing me off about the cubs or sox …think again………… the only CHICAGO sports team worthy of honor …THE BLACKHAWKS……………GO HAWKS GO ! ………….. now just go back to your crayolas !

  11. rkdjr - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    The hawks won because they stayed healthier than the Bs…both played hard and coulda went either way…we got there and nothing to be ashamed about…collapse????)you must be talking about Toronto.

  12. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    God I hate Chara. God I wish Chara was on my team.

  13. amityvillefun - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Chara is in a class by himself. I love that they put him in front of the net on the power plays lately. He’s a great captain and the Gordie Howe hat trick was just what this team needed.

    C’mon Chicago fans, stay classy. Yeah, you won in the finals fair and square, but jeeze, Bergeron played with a fricken punctured lung and cracked ribs. If you think you could own the Bruins or sweep them in a series when they are fully healthy, you’re crazy. The Bruins lost, but they clearly are a great team when motivated and healthy. I hope we get another chance at Chicago this year. It was a great series and the Bruins deserve respect.

    • slysipops - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      hang on ……i’ll go get my violin ! this wine ( or whine ) needs music !

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