|Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas picks up helmets and gloves from the ice after fights between players in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens during an NHL hockey game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. The Bruins won 8-6. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) |
Two hours and 52 minutes, 182 penalty minutes and 14 goals later, the Bruins win.
Wednesday night, TD Garden played host to a Bruins vs. Montreal game that saw a post-game score sheet littered with penalties and goals. In the end however, it was the Bruins who walked away with the 8-6 victory, their first against the Canadiens this season.
“ A good win for us," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, postgame. "We needed that, and we went out and got it.
“You know whatever happened, happened and I guess there is a rivalry that exists between these two teams and it’s still there.
“So, we came out and played our game and I thought we did a good job of getting pucks behind them and had good support and were able to score eight goals,” he said.
Twelve different Bruins had a point and five Boston players recorded multiple-point games.
The Bruins line of Milan Lucic
, Nathan Horton
and David Krejci
combined for 11 points and Horton led the way as the game’s First Star with a 1-4-5 line.
“It was just working hard and I think we were ready to go," Horton said of the B's breakout performance on offense. "We talked about it as a line, before the game, we need to start playing and start contributing.
“I think we did that tonight, but it’s only one game and hopefully we can continue to keep bringing it.”
Boston jumped out to an early lead 2-0 lead in the first, but two quick second period goals from Montreal turned the rest of the second frame into a back and forth match-up. Combined, eight total goals and 15 penalties for 36 minutes were recorded in the second period.
However, everything came to a head at 12:36 in the second when a large scrum broke out to the tune of 13 penalties, including five-minute fighting majors for Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas
and Montreal netminder Carey Price.
The penalty box was, literally, standing room only.
“It was funny. Half of us couldn’t even sit down we had so many guys in there," said B’s forward Brad Marchand
who earned minors for charging and roughing during the fracas.
"When guys step up like we did for each other and everyone’s getting in there it’s good," added Marchand. "It’s a good feeling when you’re sitting in the box.”
It took until 10:01 in the third period before Bruins winger Michael Ryder scored the eventual game-winner on a power play, shortly after his would-be second of the night was waved off due to a goaltender interference call.
“I think it’s been a while since I scored and I was getting some chances, but tonight it finally went in," Ryder said.
"It took me two tries on one power play to get the second goal, but I think that when I’m skating and working hard...I’ll find the back of the net again.”
In the end, the Black & Gold come away with two points, while also preventing Montreal from gaining two points, creating a four-point swing in the Northeast Division.
Thanks to the victory, the Bruins now lead the division by four points, in front of the second place Canadiens.---Hannah Becker