Bruins Fight Way To Win Over Canadiens

BOSTON (AP) — Milan Lucic scored twice in a wild second period, and Nathan Horton had a goal and four assists for Boston as the Bruins outslugged and outlasted the Montreal Canadiens to win 8-6 on Wednesday night.

All-Star Tim Thomas allowed a season-high six goals, making up for an off-night in the net by squaring off with Montreal counterpart Carey Price during a second-period fight that left the penalty boxes overflowing and the ice littered with equipment.

Photo Gallery: Bruins-Canadiens Fight Night

Michael Ryder had two goals, and Brad Marchand, Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid also scored for Boston, which beat its Original Six rival for the first time this season. David Krejci had three assists.

Max Pacioretty scored two of Montreal’s four power play goals, and Brian Gionta scored his 200th NHL goal as the Canadiens lost in regulation for just the third time in 10 games.

P.K. Subban, Yannick Weber and David Desharnais added goals for Montreal.

Thomas stopped 27 shots. Price made 26 saves. The teams combined for 187 penalty minutes, with the Bruins holding a 97-95 edge. Boston had 24 penalties, and Montreal was called for 21.

Postgame Reaction: Bruins Talk About Their Fights

Ryder beat Price another time on a goal that was waved off because Marchand crashed into the crease; replays showed Weber pushed him there.

That wasn’t the only contact the goalies saw as the teams played for the lead in the Northeast Division; with the win, Boston held off the Canadiens and extended its lead to four points. During a second-period brawl that left five Bruins and four Canadiens in the penalty box, Thomas sprinted down the ice and challenged Price.

The players spent more time shedding their gloves and masks than actually punching.

Another fight broke out with 41 seconds to play, with eight players squaring off — four of them receiving game misconducts. At the end, the Bruins had just five skaters left on the bench and
Montreal six.

Marchand and Seidenberg scored 12 seconds apart to give Boston a 2-0 lead in what turned out to be a relatively tame first period. That was neutralized when Gionta scored 25 seconds into the second period and Subban tied it 8 minutes later.

Then things got weird.

In quick succession, the Bruins went ahead; Montreal tied it; Boston took the lead again and then made it 5-3 on Lucic’s first goal — and Horton’s third assist — with 7:29 left in the second. Five seconds after the faceoff, players began squaring off in the corner at the Canadiens’ end and, after Price skated over, Thomas sprinted at his Montreal counterpart.

Just a punch or two later, Thomas was on the ice. And 12 seconds into the resulting Montreal power play, Desharnais cut the deficit to 5-4. But Lucic made it a 6-4 game two minutes later on a
short-handed goal.

In all, the teams combined for eight goals in the second period — seven of them in a 6:19 span — as the game went from a 2-1 duel to a 6-4 shootout.

Pacioretty made it a one-goal game with 12:54 left. But just a minute after Ryder’s would-be goal was waved off, he scored one that counted and restored Boston’s two-goal lead.

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  • jim

    The gratuitous violence is sickening. The glorification of it is worse.

    This isn’t “sport” It’s disgusting.

    • Anon

      You enjoy your sports, we’ll enjoy ours.

    • Andrew

      Maybe you should go watch Golf. Violence is a part of most major sports in America. If you don’t like it don’t watch it.

      • jim

        I don’t like it and I don’t watch it. I lost interest in pro sports mostly due to the violence and lack of sportsmanship.

        The focus should be on skill and talent. not the violence that’s used by those who lack ability.

        It’s sad that this is where we’re at as a society. They we glorify these thugs, pay them millions and encourage our kids to look up to them as heros and role models.

        Does anyone wonder why kids and society in general are so messed up? Look where our values are.

        True athletes and sports don’t require violence. Society shouldn’t tolerate and glorify it. We’ve lost track and focus about what’s important and instead cater to the lowest common denominator.

  • james

    Yes, Jim, exactly right! My son has become interested in hockey as a result of watching pickup games at the local outdoor rink. There, players of all ages play pickup hockey with no pads, no goal nets, and using a boot for the goal. The emphasis is on skill, and hitting is prohibited. It’s very fun to watch!

    I will not allow my son to watch pro hockey, because it reinforces the idea that the way to win or resolve problems is through violence. This is utterly wrong.

    I spent eight years moving furniture in Chicago, eleven years as an amateur bodybuilder and powerlifter, ten years in the rough-and-tumble music scene in Chicago (bar fights anyone?). I’ve had both knives and guns pointed at me, and have been in my fair share of fights in self-defense. My son is currently a green belt in Tae Kwon Do. I do not believe that violence in society is going away anytime soon, and I’m not afraid of violence. I am ashamed of it, though, and its prevalence in our society. To use violence in a sporting event is a joke. Use it when someone’s threatening you in real life.

    These jarheads need to grow up and become role models.

    Nice work, PK Subban, by the way. He should be proud of himself for not taking part!

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