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Bruins spring back to life

Emotion, energy played large role in Boston's win over Thrashers

Updated: December 24, 2010, 1:51 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Even before the opening faceoff between the Boston Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night at TD Garden, the respective teams' pugilists were jawing at one another.

As soon as the puck was dropped, so went the gloves.

The Bruins' Shawn Thornton and the Thrashers' Eric Boulton went toe-to-toe at center ice and produced a spirited bout. It was one that Boston desperately needed to set the tone of the game.

The Bruins have been lackluster of late and they needed ...

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