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Ford Tough Performance of the Week

Thornton used fists, scoring touch to thwart Thrashers

Tuesday, 12.28.2010 / 5:38 PM / Ford Tough Performance of the Week

Shawn Thornton's handprints were all over the Boston Bruins' 4-1 win against the Atlanta Thrashers on Dec. 23 -- as well as perhaps the face of his counterpart on the opposing team, Eric Boulton.

Off the game's opening faceoff, Thornton and Boulton dropped the gloves and squared off for the sixth time in their NHL careers. And this wasn't one of those fights that was little more than two players tugging one another's sweaters or a brief flurry of punches before the combatants tumbled to the ice -- Thornton and Boulton traded jabs and uppercuts as they maneuvered around the Bruins' logo at center ice of TD Garden for well over a minute -- one of the longer bouts in the League this season.

Physical play, offensive ability hallmarks for Subban

Tuesday, 12.21.2010 / 11:55 AM / Ford Tough Performance of the Week

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

P.K. Subban generally is known as one of the most entertaining offensive-minded defensemen to enter the League in quite a while.

But Subban knows that to play the game the right way, he has to be responsible over all 200 feet of ice -- it was defensive mistakes that earned him a temporary spot in the press box earlier this month.

Much is expected of Subban, but he's still just 21 years old and 30 games into his first NHL season. However, that full-ice game can be seen in spurts, including a great example Dec. 15 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

On the game's first shift, he threw a seismic body check on Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo, and was smart enough to skate away when Carcillo tried to goad him into a fight.

Dubinsky's toughness cements all-round reputation

Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 7:49 PM / Ford Tough Performance of the Week

Other than perhaps driving the Zamboni between periods, there isn't much Brandon Dubinsky hasn't done for the New York Rangers this season.

With the team in need of a sniper in the early part of the season when Marian Gaborik was out with a separated shoulder, Dubinsky filled the net on a regular basis -- and leads the team with 14 goals.

He's also been one of the Rangers' top set-up men, with his 13 assists leaving him tied for second, one behind Dan Girardi. His 27 points place him four ahead of Ryan Callahan for the team scoring lead.

When the Blueshirts have needed a little toughness on the ice, the job hasn't fallen solely to the guys thought of as "enforcers" -- players like Derek Boogaard, Brandon Prust and Sean Avery.

Bruins' Thomas never gives up on puck or game

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 1:00 PM / Ford Tough Performance of the Week

Compiled By - Staff

"I didn't have time to move my whole body. I was diving and I was able to pick up the puck and follow it into my glove."
-- Tim Thomas

The way this season has gone for Tim Thomas, even when he doesn't win the game, he wins the admiration of teammates and opponents alike.

Such was the case this past Saturday when Thomas and his Boston Bruins played the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre -- although the Leafs claimed a 3-2 shootout victory, Thomas prolonged the game to that stage with an unbelievable diving glove stop on Francois Beauchemin in overtime, a sure-fire candidate for save of the year.

"I didn't have time to move my whole body," Thomas said. "I was diving and I was able to pick up the puck and follow it into my glove."
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