At 12:36 of tonight's second period, six Bruins were stuffed into the penalty box, creating a clown-car effect that was the result of an every-man-in tussle. With the Bruins up, 5-3, the fireworks ignited when Brad Marchand decked James Wisniewski into the end boards. That brought Brian Gionta barreling in to flatten Marchand, which ultimately led to Tim Thomas and Carey Price squaring off.
"It was getting into an outnumbered situation," said Thomas, called to duty when Price left his crease to join the jostling. "That's what I was thinking when I was getting down there. He was more than willing to fight. I had this big old plan. I was going to grab his right, then I was going to throw lefts, because I know he's bigger and taller than me and has the reach on me. I thought I could do a better job of throwing lefts than him. When we went to grab, he got a good hold of my right arm and I got nothing. So then I was like, 'Now what do I do?' He's got a big right cocked and ready to come."
With Brent Johnson's recent one-punch flooring of Rick DiPietro no doubt fresh in each fighter's mind, the scrap came to a quick end after some brief grappling. But the Thomas-Price dustup highlighted a night of hate that saw the Bruins score an 8-6 win over the Canadiens. Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder scored two goals to lead the attack. Late in the third, another all-out brawl broke out, although both goalies stayed out of the fracas.
The Bruins scored twice in the first, four in the second, and two in the third.
The Bruins scored twice in a 12-second span in the first. Marchand kickstarted the offense by digging the puck off the wall in the defensive zone and sending a cross-ice pass to Mark Recchi. After Recchi hustled through the neutral zone and charged over the offensive blue line, the right wing dropped a pass to Patrice Bergeron in the slot. Meanwhile, Marchand had been sprinting up the ice to join the rush. As Marchand gained net-front position, Bergeron fed him with a pass. Marchand tucked the puck behind Price at 13:16, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Twelve seconds later, the Bruins struck again. P.K. Subban lost an edge and coughed up the puck to Dennis Seidenberg in the neutral zone. Seidenberg found Nathan Horton, who flung a shot on goal that glanced off Price and popped into the air. Subban tried to bat the puck away but missed. Seidenberg jumped into the play, found the rebound, and hit the back of the net at 13:28.
There were some fireworks at the end of the first. During a Boston power play, Price cross-checked Lucic twice. Lucic responded by popping Price twice, which drew a crowd of Canadiens. Lucic was called for a roughing double minor, while Price was tagged with a two-minute roughing call.
19:19 3d period: Bruins 8-5
More hate. Andrew Ference vs. Travis Moen, which triggers Johnny Boychuk hammering Jaroslav Spacek, and Gregory Campbell whaling away on Tom Pyatt. Shawn Thornton gets in a few licks on Roman Hamrlik. Mark Recchi and Tomas Plekanec nearly get into it.
17:06 3d period: Bruins 8-5
More fireworks, again ignited by Nathan Horton and P.K. Subban. David Krejci and Benoit Pouliot square off away from the pileup. Pouliot with the big right hand to send Krejci to the room.
14:54 3d period: Bruins 8-5
Following a slick dish by David Krejci, Nathan Horton with a lights-out goal on Carey Price. What a shot by Horton.
14:32 3d period: Bruins 7-5
Claude Julien rolling three lines. Gregory Campbell replaces Zach Hamill on No. 3.
10:01 3d period: Bruins 7-5
Michael Ryder's PPG counts this time. Cuts through the slot and goes high on Carey Price. More good work by Brad Marchand to stickhandle up ice from deep in his own zone.
9:18 3d period: Bruins 6-5
Michael Ryder's PPG waved off. Sure looked like Yannick Weber knocked Brad Marchand into Carey Price.
8:06 3d period: Bruins 6-5
Zach Hamill draws an interference call on David Desharnais. Hamill deserving of another look on the third line against Detroit on Friday.
7:06 3d period: Bruins 6-5
Tim Thomas caught leaning the wrong way by a Max Pacioretty PP shot. Good rush by James Wisniewski. Neither goalie having a good night. Stupid penalty by Nathan Horton comes back to bite the Bruins.
6:40 3d period: Bruins 6-4
Tripping on Nathan Horton. Untimely penalty.
0:00 3d period: Bruins 6-4
Carey Price in goal to start the third.
20:00 2d period: Bruins 6-4
And thus ends one of the nuttier periods at the Garden. Wouldn't be surprised to see old friend Alex Auld start the third.
14:49 2d period: Bruins 6-4
Milan Lucic whistles a shot through Carey Price. Price looks cooked.
12:48 2d period: Bruins 5-4
David Desharnais, from a bad angle, beats Tim Thomas with the PPG.
12:36 2d period: Bruins 5-3
Six Bruins stuffed into the penalty box. Looks like a clown car.
12:36 2d period: Bruins 5-3
Equipment littered all over the Garden ice. Sparks start when Brad Marchand hits James Wisniewski. Brian Gionta flies in and decks Marchand. Highlight is Tim Thomas dropping the mitts with Carey Price. Not much of a scrap between the two, but can't get better than a goalie fight.
12:31 2d period: Bruins 5-3
Carey Price stops Nathan Horton's offspeed shot. But Milan Lucic on the doorstep to jam home the rebound.
11:32 2d period: Bruins 4-3
Big-league dish by Zach Hamill to Michael Ryder for a beauty of a goal. Hamill attacks with speed and flips a backhand pass to Ryder. Sweet deke by Ryder, who tucks a forehand shot past Carey Price.
11:01 2d period: 3-3
Yannick Weber hammers a shot through traffic to beat Tim Thomas. Lots of Bruins bodies in front.
9:48 2d period: Bruins 3-2
Adam McQuaid takes a dish from Nathan Horton in the high slot and finds the back of the net. McQuaid's confidence growing with each game.
8:30 2d period: 2-2
P.K. Subban blasts an off-wing one-timer that hits off traffic in front and beats Tim Thomas.
7:48 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Brad Marchand dumps P.K. Subban. Small pinch of payback for Subban's tooth-rattling hit.
7:32 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Nathan Horton off for hooking. First PP for Montreal.
0:25 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Tim Thomas kicks out a James Wisniewski shot. Brian Gionta in the right spot for the rebound.
20:00 1st period: Bruins 2-0
Fireworks at the end. Carey Price cross-checks Milan Lucic on the PP. Lucic comes back and pops Price twice, which draws a crowd. Roughing minor on Price. Roughing double minor on Lucic. Travis Moen tagged with 10-minute misconduct.
18:37 1st period: Bruins 2-0
During a two-on-one rush, Nathan Horton shoots a close-range puck into Carey Price's chest. Snakebitten. Have liked Horton's jam the last two games.
14:26 1st period: Bruins 2-0
Scott Gomez off for tripping. First look at new PP.
13:28 1st period: Bruins 2-0
Milan Lucic and Travis Moen off for cross-checking before faceoff.
13:28 1st period: Bruins 2-0
Dennis Seidenberg joins the rush and pops in rebound of a Nathan Horton shot.
13:16 1st period: Bruins 1-0
High-skill fireworks from the Patrice Bergeron line. Brad Marchand starts the play by digging it off the wall in the defensive zone. Cross-ice pass to Mark Recchi, then dish to Bergeron. Marchand drives the net and taps in Bergeron feed.
10:05 1st period: 0-0
Roman Hamrlik slow to get off after Brad Marchand checks him into the boards. Hamrlik remains on the bench.
7:55 1st period: 0-0
Johnny Boychuk gets his slapper blocked by Andrei Kostitsyn. Boychuk not getting enough pucks through and on net.
5:40 1st period: 0-0
Interesting to see Johnny Boychuk sliding down to third pairing. Another poor game and Boychuk could sit in favor of Mark Stuart.
4:29 1st period: 0-0
P.K. Subban in the middle of a dustup. Subban takes exception to Dennis Seidenberg's shot on Carey Price after an offside call. Blake Wheeler jumps to Seidenberg's defense. No penalties.
3:56 1st period: 0-0
Another sharp Tim Thomas stop, this time on Roman Hamrlik's point shot with traffic in front.
2:22 1st period: 0-0
Beauty of a left-pad save by Tim Thomas on David Desharnais. Robbery.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Tyler Seguin and Mark Stuart are the healthy scratches.