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Bruins Win Insane War Against Habs

Carey Price vs Tim Thomas in a rather rare goalie fight. (Elise Amendola / Getty Images)

I have never seen anything like that. There hasn’t been action that chaotic in Boston since the Royal Rumble 10 days prior. The final victory, 8-6, seemed more like something Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford will put up in a few months. These two teams are supposed to be built on defense, but they scored like the Celtics and racked up more penalty minutes than there have been minutes in the history of the universe.

You could tell the game would be fun when every few minutes to start the opening frame, heated arguments and almost-fights broke out, keeping the officiating crew quite busy. The spark that lit off the game came at 13:16 into the 1st, when Brad Marchand hit a backhand into the net for a 1-0 lead. In addition, Dennis Seidenberg swatted the puck out of the air 12 seconds later for the 2-0 lead. Before the face-off could even happen, Milan Lucic and Travis Moen received matching cross checks.

Things really got rough right at the end of the period. Carey price deliberately exited the crease to shove Milan Lucic in the numbers, twice, followed by a similar shot from P.K. Subban. All shoves looked suspiciously like cross checks, and as a result of everything that happened, Carey Price was called for roughing, Lucic for two roughings and Travis Moen for misconduct.

Montreal roared back to tie the game, but Adam McQuaid gave the Bruins the lead once again, 3-2. After Montreal tied it at three, Boston took the lead again 31 seconds later. After the Bruins retook a two-goal lead, 5-3, then all hell broke loose. Reminiscent of Survivor Series, a massive 5-on-5 brawl broke loose, with Carey Price looking around in amazement. That was, until Tim Thomas came wandering over to join in the fun. Neither Price nor Thomas was used to fighting, but they still took a few nice swings and got the jerseys off while Thomas slipped and fell to the ground. At one point while things were being sorted out, six Bruins could be spotted in the penalty box together.

The Canadiens just wouldn’t go away, and when it looked like Boston had just gone up 7-5 with 10:42 left in the 3rd Period, the official looking on called interference on Brad Marchand, which took away Michael Ryder’s goal. The thing was that Marchand could be seen being pushed right into Price. It’s not like there were bodies in the way; it was just a blatantly blown call, and the crowd made that abundantly clear. Ryder scored anyway 43 seconds later, so whatever.

Up 8-5 with 2:54 left, the Habs, obvious frustrated, vented some frustrations with the second 5-on-5 brawl of the night. And if that weren’t enough, with 40.5 seconds remaining, Andrew Ference crushed Travis Moen, which sparked the third 5-on-5 slug-fest of the night. Tom Pyatt of Montreal was cut open pretty cleanly on his right cheek.

Montreal caught Thomas napping with 14 seconds to go, but at 8-6, there was nothing the Hab nots could do in that time. Get all that? No? Don’t feel bad.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game: The Game

It’s a good thing the stat sheet was electronic, or we would have had to completely deforest the world to print all of it.

But even if it is a bit dull compared to the rest of the action, you have to unconditionally love a good goalie fight.

Bruins Banter:

“By the time they get to the penalties, it’ll be like a filibuster in the Senate.” – Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley bantering during the penalty fiasco in the 2nd.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
13:16 BOS Brad Marchand (15) Backhand – Assists: Patrice Bergeron (26) & Mark Recchi (27)
13:28 BOS Dennis Seidenberg (5) Snap Shot – Assists: Nathan Horton (18)
2nd Period
0:25 MTL Brian Gionta (20) Snap Shot – Assists: Tomas Plekanec (26) & James Wisniewski (30)
8:30 MTL PPG – P.K. Subban (7) Slap Shot – Assists: Brian Gionta (10) & Tomas Plekanec (27)
9:48 BOS Adam McQuaid (1) Snap Shot – Assists: Nathan Horton (19) & Milan Lucic (14)
11:01 MTL Yannick Weber (1) Slap Shot – Assists: Mathieu Darche (12)
11:32 BOS Michael Ryder (15) Wrist Shot – Assists: Blake Wheeler (14) & Zach Hamill (1)
12:31 BOS Milan Lucic (22) Wrist Shot – Assists: Nathan Horton (20) & David Krejci (29)
12:48 MTL PPG – David Desharnais (4) Tip-In – Assists: P.K. Subban (18) & Yannick Weber (8)
14:49 BOS SHG – Milan Lucic (23) Snap Shot – Assists: David Krejci (30) & Nathan Horton (21)
3rd Period
7:06 MTL PPG – Max Pacioretty (7) Snap Shot – Assists: James Wisniewski (31)
10:01 BOS PPG – Michael Ryder (16) Snap Shot – Assists: Dennis Seidenberg (19) & Steven Kampfer (5)
14:54 BOS Nathan Horton (14) Snap Shot – Assists: David Krejci (31)
19:46 MTL PPG – Max Pacioretty (8) Snap Shot – Assists: David Desharnais (3) & Yannick Weber (9)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
13:28 BOS Milan Lucic: Cross checking – 2 min
13:28 MTL Travis Moen: Cross checking – 2 min
14:26 MTL Scott Gomez: Tripping – 2 min
19:31 MTL Max Pacioretty: Interference – 2 min
20:00 MTL Carey Price served by Tom Pyatt: Roughing – 2 min
20:00 MTL Travis Moen: Misconduct (10 min) – 0 min
20:00 BOS Milan Lucic served by Shawn Thornton: Roughing – 2 min
20:00 BOS Milan Lucic: Roughing – 2 min
2nd Period
7:32 BOS Nathan Horton: Hooking – 2 min
12:36 MTL Brian Gionta: Roughing – 2 min
12:36 MTL Brian Gionta: Roughing – 2 min
12:36 MTL James Wisniewski: Roughing – 2 min
12:36 MTL Max Pacioretty: Roughing – 2 min
12:36 MTL Carey Price served by Roman Hamrlik: Goalie leave crease – 2 min
12:36 MTL Carey Price served by Roman Hamrlik: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
12:36 BOS Mark Recchi: Roughing – 2 min
12:36 BOS Brad Marchand served by Shawn Thornton: Charging – 2 min
12:36 BOS Brad Marchand: Roughing – 2 min
12:36 BOS Zdeno Chara: Roughing – 2 min
12:36 BOS Steven Kampfer: Roughing – 2 min
12:36 BOS Tim Thomas served by Patrice Bergeron: Goalie leave crease – 2 min
12:36 BOS Tim Thomas served by Patrice Bergeron: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
17:52 BOS Steven Kampfer: Cross checking – 2 min
3rd Period
6:40 BOS Nathan Horton: Tripping – 2 min
8:06 MTL David Desharnais: Interference – 2 min
17:06 MTL P.K. Subban: Misconduct (10 min) – 0 min
17:06 MTL Benoit Pouliot: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
17:06 BOS Nathan Horton: Cross checking – 2 min
17:06 BOS David Krejci: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
17:06 BOS Milan Lucic: Misconduct (10 min) – 0 min
19:11 BOS Andrew Ference: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
19:11 MTL Travis Moen: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
19:11 BOS Shawn Thornton served by Zach Hamill: Roughing – 2 min
19:11 BOS Johnny Boychuk: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
19:11 BOS Johnny Boychuk: Game misconduct – 0 min
19:11 BOS Shawn Thornton: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
19:11 BOS Shawn Thornton: Game misconduct – 0 min
19:11 MTL Travis Moen: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
19:11 MTL Jaroslav Spacek: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
19:11 MTL Jaroslav Spacek : Game misconduct – 0 min
19:11 MTL Tom Pyatt: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
19:11 MTL Roman Hamrlik: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
19:11 MTL Roman Hamrlik: Game misconduct – 0 min
19:35 BOS Adam McQuaid: Roughing – 2 min
19:35 BOS Adam McQuaid : Roughing – 2 min

Goalie Stats


Goalie Save Total TOI
MTL Carey Price (L) 26/34 60:00
BOS Tim Thomas (W) 27/33 60:00

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
MTL 8 16 9 33
BOS 18 11 5 34

Game Notes:

  • Montreal now has eight 4-on-4 goals, tying them with the Islanders for the best in the NHL. Boston remains the only team without one.
  • The 12 seconds between goals in the 1st Period matches Boston’s closest goals of the season.
  • Nathan Horton had five points on the night. The last Bruin to do that was Marc Savard against the Kings on October 12, 2007.
  • Adam McQuaid’s goal was his first career home goal. Well, second if you include what should have been his first against the Stars on that blatantly wrong interference call.

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3 comments for “Bruins Win Insane War Against Habs”

  1. Look at that insane penalty summary! What a crazy game.

    Posted by KC Downey | February 10, 2011, 12:48 am
  2. […] 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 […]

    Posted by A Look Back: Bruins’ Wild 8-6 Win Over Habs | Sports of Boston | February 11, 2011, 1:02 pm
  3. hi!!!

    Posted by Gekly | February 1, 2012, 8:51 pm

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