BOSTON -- The Rivalry didn’t disappoint.
In fact, the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens staged an incredible display of grit, determination, toughness and offensive skill in 60 dazzling minutes that ended with the Bruins earning a critical two points en route to an 8-6 win Wednesday night at TD Garden.
It was the first time this season (four games played) the Bruins have beaten the Habs, in a battle of the top two teams in the Northeast Division.
This game had it all.
Even goaltenders Tim Thomas and Carey Price got into a fight during all-out scrum at 12:36 of the second period. At one point, a total of seven goals were scored in six minutes and 13 seconds during the second period.
Boston received goals from Brad Marchand, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid, Michael Ryder (2), Milan Lucic (2) and Nathan Horton. David Krejci posted three assists and got into a fight in the waning minutes of the third period. Horton finished the night with five points.
RAPID FIRE: The Bruins wanted to get off to a quick start and gain the early momentum. Boston was able to accomplish that and scored a pair of goals 12 seconds apart to take a 2-0 lead in the first period. Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron and Marchand combined for one of the sweetest goals of the season, using precise tic-tac-toe passing that resulted in Marchand’s 15th of the season at 13:16 for a 1-0 advantage. It didn’t take Boston long to gain a two-goal lead when Seidenberg crashed the net and showcased his hand-eye coordination, chipping a bouncing puck past Price at 13:28. The two goals in a 12-second span equaled the Bruins’ fastest two tallies in a game this season. The previous time was Jan. 10 against the Penguins in a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh.
PROVING HIS WORTH: Bruins coach Claude Julien said recently he had no intention of changing his top six defensive corps. As a result, veteran blueliner Mark Stuart was a healthy scratch for the seventh consecutive game Wednesday night. A big reason for that is the play of McQuaid. He’s been solid defensively, adds an element of toughness and he chipped in offensively Wednesday night with his first goal of the season, the second of his career.
PRICE IS NOT RIGHT: According to ESPN Stats & Information's Vincent Masi, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price's eight goals allowed were the most given up by a Habs goalie since Patrick Roy allowed nine goals Dec. 2, 1995 against the Detroit Red Wings. When Roy was pulled from that game, he went right up to team president Ronald Corey and told Corey that he'd played his last game for the Canadiens. Roy was suspended the next day before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 7.
SEGUIN SITS: Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch for only the second time this season. Julien said after the morning skate “there’s a lot on his plate right now,” so the coach thought it best to give the No. 2 overall pick from June’s draft the night off. Fellow prospects Zach Hamill and Jordan Caron were both in the lineup Wednesday night. Hamill, who was recalled from Providence on Friday, registered his first assist of the season and second of his career.
UP NEXT: The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Bruins this week. Boston will host the Red Wings at 7 p.m. ET on Friday night at the Garden. The teams will then play a matinee at Detroit on Sunday.