Bruins Pip Habs in 14 Goal Thriller
It could only happen in the NHL.
Last night saw the Boston Bruins edge out the Montreal Canadiens in a 14 goal thriller at the TD Garden, a pulsating game that saw six fights punctuate the scoring.
Unfortunately for Montreal, it was the Bruins that got the best of both as they outscored and outfought their opponents to secure their first win in four attempts versus the Canadiens this season thanks to Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton’s heroics.
The former scored twice while the latter notched a goal and four assists on a topsy-turvy night in which the Bruins roared into a two-to-nothing lead in the first period courtesy of Brad Marchand’s backhander and a snap-shot from Dennis Seidenberg.
The Canadiens were roused in the second period and duly levelled matters through Brian Gionta and P.K. Subban’s power play goal, but a crazy five minutes saw the Bruins reclaim the lead, lose it, go two goals up, concede again and end the scoring.
In the midst of all the goals, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas made up for an off-night by squaring off against Montreal counterpart Carey Price in a fight that left both penalty boxes overflowing with players and the ice strewn with discarded equipment.
It was one of many flashpoints on the night as tempers frequently boiled over, but when the third period began two more goals for either side rounded out the scoring as the Bruins maintained their advantage to win the exciting clash by eight goals to six.
It was an uncharacteristically offensive display from two of the league’s most defensive teams and, as Montreal’s Gionta mused, “It doesn’t happen too often”.
For the sake of the league, however, we’re sure glad that it did.