BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 07: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins and Dale Weise #32 of the Vancouver Canucks fight in the first period on January 7, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tale of the Tape:
Nathan Horton: 6' 2" 229 lbs 21 career fighting majors
Dale Weise: 6' 2" 209 lbs 14 career fighting majors
The first meeting between Boston and Vancouver lived up to the hype with flying colors. It was an emotional game filled with fighting, goals and of course some terrible refereeing. Early in the game Shawn Thornton gets jumped by half of the Vancouver squad when all hell breaks lose with heavyweights Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton and others jump in to defend Thornton. Nathan Horton and Dale Weies end up pulling away from the scrum and decide to drop the gloves with one another.
The fight between Horton and Weise was long lasting and by no means anything spectacular. However the scrap was more symbolic because Horton was the Bruin involved and the last time he shared the ice with the Canucks he was seeing stars. Even though Horton was still fresh off of a season ending concussion, he decided to fight Weise which added even more intensity and energy to an already restless crowd. The two throw a decent amount of punches early in the fight and as the fight mature there is more grappling than punching going on. Weise landed more punches during the bout and Horton earned the take down. Weise takes the slight advantage over Horton in an entertaining fight that send the two into the sin bin for five.
It wasn't so much about winning or losing this fight for Nathan Horton. He saw one of his teammate extremely out numbered and he didn't hesitate to jump right in the pile and grab an opponent for himself. While the rest of the players fought within the group, Horton looked like he wanted a piece of any Canuck after his early exit from last years Finals. It may have been a bit scary for a player with a concussion history to fight so soon after injury. Horton however was fighting for a sense of pride for himself and respect from his team and every person that calls themselves a Bruins fan.
Dale Weise fights Nathan Horton Jan 7th, 2012 (via puckfights)