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Horton hears a bell

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins brought Nathan Horton here to help spark the offensive.

He’s done that.

The Bruins didn’t bring him here to drop the gloves.

He’s done that.

Horton dropped the gloves with Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf at 10:58 of the second period of the Bruins' 2-0 win Thursday. Right off a face-off, the two went at it as Horton dragged his adversary to the ice. While Phaneuf was lying on his back, he threw a punch and connected. Horton didn't like that too much and returned fire, resulting in a 10-minute misconduct. Horton’s quickly proving he can handle every role in Boston.

“It’s part of the game,” Horton said. “It just kind of happened. Honestly, it was just part of the game.

“I want to do anything to help give my teammates a boost. Obviously we were winning, but just pick the right spots I guess and it kind of happens.”

Phaneuf didn’t think much of their fight, either.

“It’s part of the game,” he said. “We were talking there and it was kind of a mutual thing. He gave me a shot earlier in the game, and I gave him one back. I’ve battled against him for a long time. I’ve known him for a long time. He plays hard, and like I said, it’s part of the game.”