You know that old saying about going to a fight and having a hockey game break out? Yeah, that happened a few times tonight in Boston with the rivalled Habs in town. The battle for the Northeast turned bloody in a hurry before it eventually ended in an 8-6 Bruins win.
This game was difficult to turn away from, and I mean that in the most literal way possible. While working a rare night shift I had other far less important tasks to maintain (like, say, making sure The Score’s website looks remotely coherent). But every time I turned to my computer monitor a goal was scored. This happened 14 times.
Then the fisticuffs and face-bashing began, resulting in multiple yard sales of hockey equipment on the ice, and the Habs having just six players on their bench in the final seconds. This happened 12 times, the final tally for fighting majors handed out. In total the two teams spent a combined 182 minutes in the sin bin, 82 of which were handed out in the third period.
Highlighting the night of punch-ups was the skirmish that included Carey Price and Tim Thomas attempting to fight, before giving up, hugging it out, and discussing their Valentine’s Day plans…
And then the vintage line brawl that featured a knockout punch by Benoit Pouliot on David Krejci, and Gregory Campbell distorting the face of Tom Pyatt…
The hatred was palpable, and thrilling, and at times it seemed as though the play would only be stopped because of a goal or a knockout.
This was just the latest in a long line of bad blood in one of the NHL’s most deep-rooted rivalries. Here’s just a small sampling of the legendary dust-ups, ranging from an embarrassing failed attempt to conquer Milan Lucic, to a 1970′s brawl that required the assistance of the local authorities.
The pinnacle of the one-sided Komisarek/Lucic feud
“We’re gonna have a donnybrook!”
Larry Robinson and Mike Milbury are very big, and very angry
Steve Martinson doesn’t like waiting for the puck to drop
When a large tattooed man wants your stick, you give it to him