Thornton: Fight a 'heat of battle' sitation

Thornton: Fight a 'heat of battle' sitation
May 5, 2013, 12:45 am
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The game was pretty much over.

With only .5 seconds on the clock, a faceoff was coming but it was more of a formality. Until a commotion sprung up behind the Toronto net where Shawn Thornton had dropped the gloves and was busy throwing haymakers at Mark Fraser.

"[It was just a] heat of the battle thing," said Thornton. "Those things happen in hockey. I wasn't even aware how much was left on the clock."

When pressed further, Thornton said it had nothing to do with sending a message or in response to any frustration.

"It's part of the game. Obviously part of the game I'm supposed to do. No overthinking it, it just happened."