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01-14-2013, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Therick67 View Post
Spot on IMO.

Fighting sure looks like it works for the Bruins. I've watched enough hockey in my life to know a good scrap can wake up a team or cause a momentum swing.

Some things can't be quantified with stats, that doesn't mean thy don't exist.
i respectfully disagree: if you're claiming that something that is measurable as a stat ("When Thornton fights, the Bruins win more often") it is measurable by a stat; it's a tautological argument

if your argument is that stats don't show your argument, you're either 1) looking at the wrong stat or 2) wrong

that having been said: from 2010 to 2012, there appears to be about a 6.5% boost in winning % when shawn thornton plays and fights versus when shawn thornton plays and does not fight

i will agree that on first glance when shawn thornton plays the bruins are better when he fights; i haven't taken any weighting for who is being played or things of that nature

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