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Bruins outscore, outfight Canadiens 8-6

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Bruins outscore, outfight Canadiens 8-6
Montréal Canadiens 6, Boston Bruins 8

Fourteen goals. Six fights. Just another wild night between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.

The Bruins got the better on both counts -- Milan Lucic scored twice and Nathan Horton had a goal and 4 assists as Boston outslugged and outlasted the Montreal Canadiens in an 8-6 victory on Wednesday night.

It was the Bruins' first win against the Canadiens in four tries this season and increased Boston's lead over the Habs in the Northeast Division to four points.

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

"I think we were just play-fighting more than anything," Price said. "Neither of us really wanted to get hurt, but we are out there doing whatever we had to do, I guess."

Michael Ryder had two goals, and Brad Marchand, Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid also scored for Boston, which got 3 assists by David Krejci.

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.

"Today was a big game. A lot of points were on the line. Important points," Gionta said. "It's just an emotional game, and that's what you saw out there."

The 14 goals were the most scored in a Boston-Montreal game since the Bruins won 8-6 on Dec. 5, 1985.

Thomas stopped 27 shots. Price made 26 saves. The teams combined for 187 penalty minutes, with the Canadiens taking 95 to 87 for the Bruins.

"It was old-time hockey, end to end, scrapping it out," Price said. "It was actually pretty fun to play in, but the end result wasn't what we were looking (for)."

Boston grabbed a 2-0 lead after one period on goals 12 seconds apart by Brad Marchand and Dennis Seidenberg. Montreal tied it when Gionta scored 25 seconds into the second period and Subban tied it with a power-play goal at 8:30 -- starting a run of seven goals in a span of 6:19.

McQuaid put the Bruins back in front at 9:48, but Weber snapped home the first of his career to get the Canadiens even at 11:01.

The tie didn't last long, as Ryder put the Bruins ahead to stay at 11:32 and Lucic got his first of the night and 22nd of the season 59 seconds later.

The Price-Thomas fight highlighted a melee that broke out five seconds after Lucic's goal and saw nine players -- five Bruins and four Canadiens -- banished to the penalty box. Thomas sprinted down the ice and challenged Price, though there was more wrestling than punching.

"He fought with 'fighter's manners,' as far as not hitting you when you're down," Thomas said. "We were just in the All-Star Game together. We're on friendly terms. It was business. But once business is done, it's done."

Montreal came out of the 10-minute melee with a power play and Desharnais connected at 12:48. But Lucic restored the Bruins' two-goal lead at 14:49.

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

Another melee broke out with 41 seconds to play, with eight players squaring off -- four of them receiving game misconducts. The Bruins had just five skaters left on the bench and Montreal six when Pacioretty scored a 5-on-3 goal in the final seconds.

"It doesn't happen too often," Gionta said of the uncharacteristic offensive bonanza between two of the NHL's best defensive teams.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
13:16
BOS
Brad Marchand (15) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (26), Mark Recchi (27)
1 - 0 BOS
13:28
BOS
Dennis Seidenberg (5) ASST: Nathan Horton (18)
2 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
00:25
MTL
Brian Gionta (20) ASST: Roman Hamrlik (18), James Wisniewski (30)
2 - 1 BOS
08:30
MTL
PPG - P.K. Subban (7) ASST: Brian Gionta (10), Tomas Plekanec (26)
2 - 2 Tie
09:48
BOS
Adam McQuaid (1) ASST: Nathan Horton (19), Milan Lucic (14)
3 - 2 BOS
11:01
MTL
Yannick Weber (1) ASST: Mathieu Darche (12), David Desharnais (3)
3 - 3 Tie
11:32
BOS
Michael Ryder (15) ASST: Blake Wheeler (14), Zach Hamill (1)
4 - 3 BOS
12:31
BOS
Milan Lucic (22) ASST: Nathan Horton (20), David Krejci (29)
5 - 3 BOS
12:48
MTL
PPG - David Desharnais (4) ASST: P.K. Subban (18), Yannick Weber (8)
5 - 4 BOS
14:49
BOS
Milan Lucic (23) ASST: David Krejci (30), Nathan Horton (21)
6 - 4 BOS
3rd Period
07:06
MTL
PPG - Max Pacioretty (7) ASST: James Wisniewski (31), Carey Price (2)
6 - 5 BOS
10:01
BOS
PPG - Michael Ryder (16) ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (19), Steven Kampfer (5)
7 - 5 BOS
14:54
BOS
Nathan Horton (14) ASST: David Krejci (31)
8 - 5 BOS
19:46
MTL
PPG - Max Pacioretty (8) ASST: David Desharnais (4), Yannick Weber (9)
8 - 6 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
13:28
BOS
Milan Lucic  Cross checking against  Travis Moen
13:28
MTL
Travis Moen  Cross checking against  Milan Lucic
14:26
MTL
Scott Gomez  Tripping against  Mark Recchi
19:31
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Interference against  Blake Wheeler
20:00
MTL
Carey Price  Roughing against  Milan Lucic
20:00
BOS
Milan Lucic  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
20:00
BOS
Milan Lucic  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
20:00
MTL
Travis Moen  Misconduct (10 min)
2nd Period
07:32
BOS
Nathan Horton  Hooking against  Hal Gill
12:36
BOS
Tim Thomas  Goalie leave crease against  Carey Price
12:36
BOS
Steven Kampfer  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
12:36
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
12:36
BOS
Brad Marchand  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
12:36
BOS
Brad Marchand  Charging against  Brian Gionta
12:36
BOS
Mark Recchi  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
12:36
MTL
Carey Price  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Thomas
12:36
MTL
Carey Price  Goalie leave crease against  Tim Thomas
12:36
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Roughing against  Brad Marchand
12:36
MTL
James Wisniewski  Roughing against  Mark Recchi
12:36
MTL
Brian Gionta  Roughing against  Mark Recchi
12:36
MTL
Brian Gionta  Roughing against  Mark Recchi
12:36
BOS
Tim Thomas  Fighting (maj) against  Carey Price
17:52
BOS
Steven Kampfer  Cross checking against  Scott Gomez
3rd Period
06:40
BOS
Nathan Horton  Tripping against  Jeff Halpern
08:06
MTL
David Desharnais  Interference against  Adam McQuaid
17:06
BOS
Milan Lucic  Misconduct (10 min)
17:06
BOS
David Krejci  Fighting (maj) against  Benoit Pouliot
17:06
BOS
Nathan Horton  Cross checking against  Benoit Pouliot
17:06
MTL
Benoit Pouliot  Fighting (maj) against  Adam McQuaid
17:06
MTL
P.K. Subban  Misconduct (10 min)
19:11
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Game misconduct
19:11
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Fighting (maj) against  Johnny Boychuk
19:11
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Game misconduct
19:11
MTL
Tom Pyatt  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
19:11
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
19:11
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Game misconduct
19:11
MTL
Tom Pyatt  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
19:11
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Roman Hamrlik
19:11
BOS
Johnny Boychuk  Game misconduct
19:11
BOS
Johnny Boychuk  Fighting (maj) against  Jaroslav Spacek
19:11
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Roughing against  Roman Hamrlik
19:11
MTL
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Ference
19:11
BOS
Andrew Ference  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
19:11
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Pyatt
19:35
BOS
Adam McQuaid  Roughing against  Max Pacioretty
19:35
BOS
Adam McQuaid  Roughing against  Max Pacioretty
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 30
PIM: 9PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .765SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 7PP: 3 - 7
SV%: .818SH: 1 - 1