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What is it about the TD Garden in Boston that inspires such hatred between those playing the game on the ice? Perhaps it is the fact that the original Boston Garden was designed specifically for boxing matches. Or maybe it is the sound of that bell, which can be heard every time a fight breaks out. Well whatever it is, it seems to have turned Bruins’ home games into the most entertaining ticket in the NHL.
Less than one week ago it was the Bruins and the Dallas Stars providing hockey fans with three fights and two goals within the opening 80 seconds of their game. As for last night’s meeting between the Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens, there may have been no scoring or fighting within the entire opening 13 minutes, but from that point on fans were treated to a total of 14 goals, two line-brawls and one goalie fight between Carey Price and Tim Thomas.
The rough stuff started 12 minutes into the second period, when a hit by Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand sparked a melee in the corner. Price and Thomas eventually squared off during that same stoppage in play, but their bout didn’t last long after Thomas went tumbling to the ice.
Tensions boiled over once again with only 49 seconds remaining in the game, as players from both teams on the ice exchanged punches. It all started when Travis Moen decided to send a message to Bruins’ defenseman Andrew Ference. That bout was followed up by several of the Bruins’ enforcers taking liberties on the much less experienced fighters from Montreal.
When it was all said and done, 12 fighting majors and 182 penalty minutes were handed out, making it clear that there is no love lost between these two division rivals. Here is a look at how things transpired during each of the game’s two separate brawls.