BOSTON, MA –Wednesday’s Bruins-Canadiens game was taken to the extreme and certainly surpassed Alex Rodriguez’s blow-by-blow with Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. In fact, this particular game may have even replaced all those overplayed moments of Kevin McHale “close lining” Kurt Rambis, but once the horn sounded to conclude 60-minutes of hockey, Boston escaped with an 8-6 victory.
“Winning a game like that had to be entertaining for the fans. It was a weird one to be in. I don’t think anybody saw that coming,” said Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.
Wednesday’s contest was not your typical NHL or Boston Bruins game, but instead, it was an outrageous evening filled with constant fighting, jabbing, jarring and goal scoring.
“It [was] a good win, a good win for us,” said Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “We needed that [and] went out and got it.”
The Bruins and Canadiens combined for 14 goals, 24 assists and 77 shots on goal. Both teams had their chances on 14 power plays, which seemed more successful for Montreal than Boston, as the Canadiens scored four of the eight times when having an extra man on the ice.
The Bruins were able to watch Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder combine for half of their point total, as they each scored two goals of their own. In fact, 10 different players between both Boston and Montreal scored 10 different goals.
“We could have been better defensively you don’t want to give up that many goals against,” said Boston Bruins defeseman Adam McQuaid. “At the same time, we were able to create a lot of offense and it was a pretty physical game, so I guess that everybody could probably agree that it was a more exciting game to watch than a 1-0 game.”
Not only did this game feature a lot of physical hockey, but it also included a fight between both team’s goalie, which is something fans don’t ordinarily witness in the NHL.
“You never like to see your goaltender get into [a fight], but not certainly sitting here and condoning [Thomas] for doing that [because] it’s the heat of the game and they’re both willing combatants and you live with it,” said Julien.
“I’ve been playing a long, it’s just never a situation where it’s worked out like that, but it did,” said Thomas.
Overall, this was not your typical hockey game, but instead, just another classic reminder of why the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry is so special. Today’s game may feature more stricter rules and regulations, but certainly, both Boston and Montreal play their own style of hockey, which keeps the fans begging for an encore every single time these two teams step onto ice.
“There’s a rivalry that exists between these two teams [and] it’s still there, so we came out and played our game. I thought we did a good job of getting pucks behind [the Canadiens defense] and had good support and were able to score eight goals,” said Julien.