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Head coach Claude Julien’s 300th game behind the Boston bench Wednesday was one he’ll certainly never forget, and neither will the fans that watched every minute of it from the edge of their seats. Arguably the most entertaining game in the entire NHL this season, the B’s and Habs added fuel to the fire of their rivalry, in an 8-6 slugfest that racked up a whopping 187 penalty minutes between the two teams, including 12 fighting majors.
I’ll get to tonight’s game (Bruins-Red Wings) later in the day, but I have to keep going about Wednesday’s battle with the Canadiens, because there was just so much that came out of that unbelievable game. First of course, the goalie fight… if you want to call it a “fight.” Tim Thomas and Carey Price met at mid-ice and twirled each other around for a bit, neither really landing any good punches. Nonetheless, both goaltenders were assessed five-minute major penalties for fighting, which is pretty much an automatic any time the goalies leave their creases during an altercation. For Thomas, it was his first fighting major of his career. It marked the first fighting major given to a Bruins goaltender since Byron Dafoe back in 2002.
Also a bright spot on Wednesday was the career night from winger Nathan Horton. Horton has been snake bit lately, stuck in a scoring slump for much of the last month or two. His five-point showing against Montreal (one goal, four assists) was a new career high for the former Florida Panther, and it marked the first time a Bruin had five points in a game since Marc Savard accomplished the feat against the Kings, back in October of 2007.