Game 55: Defence disappears in Beantown

Bruins’ Nathan Horton pins Canadiens’ P.K. Subban to the ice on Wednesday night. Elsa, Getty Images

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• At a Glance: Boston turned into a shooting gallery on Wednesday night as the Bruins and Canadiens combined for 14 goals as Boston won a wild one 8-6 that also includes an all-out brawl that saw goaltenders Carey Price and Tim Thomas drop the gloves. The Bruins opened up a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals 12 seconds apart by Brad Marchard and Dennis Seidenberg. The Canadiens tied it before the second period was 10 minutes old when Brian Gionta scored 25 seconds after the puck dropped. It was his 20th goal of the season, and 200th of his career. P.K. Subban made it 2-2 with a power-play goal at 8:30. That’s when all hell broke loose in Beantown. Adam McQuaid made it 3-2 Boston at 9:48, but Yannick Weber tied it up again at 3-3 at the 11:01 mark. It was the first goal of the season for both players. Former Canadien Michael Ryder made it 4-3 31 seconds after Weber’s goal, his first against his former team. Milan Lucic then made it 5-3 a minute later. Only five seconds after that, the brawl broke out, resulting in 32 penalty minutes, 12 of which were to the goaltenders. The end result was a Canadiens power play and David Desharnais scored at 12:48 to narrow the gap to 5-4 in favour of the Bruins. But Lucic restored the two-goal advantage at the 14:49 mark, making it 6-4. The goals kept coming in the third period. Max Pacioretty scored his seventh of the season on the power play 7:06 into the period to cut the Bruins’ lead to 6-5. Ryder got that one back 10:01 into the third period with a power-play goal of his own, his second goal of the game. Nathan Horton scored 14:54 into the third period with his 14th goal of the season, Boston’s eighth goal of the game. Pacioretty scored a meaningless goal, his second of the game, with about 10 seconds to play to make it 8-6.

• What It Means: The Canadiens miss a chance to join the Bruins atop the Northeast Division with 67 points and fall to 30-20-5 to remain at 65 points, good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are home to the New York Islanders on Thursday night and welcome the Maple Leafs to the Bell Centre on Saturday.


  1. KenD29 says:

    You got that right! Gauthier and Martin, were you paying attention?! No size, this team is done against the B’s or the Flyers!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  2. MTLForever says:

    theyve each individually had their fair shares of bad games, eller actually has had some great games for the little minutes he was playing earlier. however, this line didnt cost us the whole division. 

  3. Laramy87 says:

    And thier players are just has dirty. You realize how after every fight/scrum or whatever the Bruins got the extra penalty…. They are a dirty bunch of pricks

  4. habs63 says:

    This is an embarrassment for the league. If the NHL ever wants to be taken seriously outside of Canada, they have to clean up games like this.

  5. adam76 says:

    Boston, what a bunch of white tash goons.  USA USA USA USA

  6. zaq007 says:

    Season’s not over yet I know an exciting game but calm down there buddy xD

  7. habs63 says:

    I fail to see how one bad game by one line could cost a whole division title or home ice advantage. Espically since there is still just less than half of the season left.

  8. Laramy87 says:

    Ference should get suspended for that. Two hand to the back of the leg and it started it all. That was dirty and totally not needed

  9. adam76 says:

    Come on Martain, put Eller, Gomez out – they need to get their a$$es pounded.

  10. adam76 says:

    ATTN – Gomez, Eller and Kostitsyn


    Thanks – not only did you cost Montreal the game, you cost us the division and any hope of home ice advantage in the playoffs.  If you jokes of players can’t get pumped up for a game of this magnitude, you don’t deserve to wear that uniform.


    I encourage everyone with a ticket tomorrow, to boo the ever living FRACK out of these three jokes.  They are an embarrassment.

  11. habs81 says:

    this a wake up call get some size on this team!!! what a joke!

  12. MTLForever says:

    theyre all over subban and its not even his fault on that one

    pouliot baby POULIOT! nicely done benny.

  13. MTLForever says:

    i know man

  14. observer says:

    price was the only reason it wasnt bruins 9 habs 0 inj the first period alone.

  15. MTLForever says:

    mannn if desharnais scored earlier in the game and we went 1-0 wouldve been so different.

  16. observer says:

    gainey thought he was well worth over $7 million a year for many years? w3ould you say he is an idiot?

  17. habs81 says:

    Dear Gomez with all due respect you are the worst hockey player I’ve seen your salary is realty but the way I see it you should pay to play hockey.  -4 tonight keep it up brother.

  18. kmachabs27 says:

    HERES a perfect example of how we cant keep up to those top teams……no one can touch Lucic….hes runnin his mouth knockin over price gettin in his face chirpinn our bench and we will end up doing NOTHINGGG about it!! due to the fact that we have no one to do anythingg to Lucic.

  19. MTLForever says:

    hitting gionta everywhere. need some goals quick boys.

  20. observer says:

    7th goal TYPICAL MARTIN STUPIDITY!!! 20 seconds left and penalty was killed off and martin has half his team caught up the ice in the bruins zone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! el stupido with el stupido as his gm boss!

  21. mcmikel says:


    Take the salary hit and get these cancers out the locker room

  22. MTLForever says:

    Carey Price’s fault? No way. Not tonight. If someone blames him, oh man then they did not watch this game. 

  23. pmaraw says:

    how bout some defence?  this is ridiculous.

  24. deuce6 says:

    Is there a reason why Martin doesn’t pull Price?

    —————— Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  25. observer says:

    why has that stubborn gauthier not REALLY bolstered this defense by now? LIKE THAT FRAUD GAINEY BEFORE HIM FOR 7 YEARS?

  26. MTLForever says:

    if we dont get a dman were in troubleeeee

  27. Laramy87 says:

    Pouilot one punch and Krejci was out, atta boy.

    I HATE HATE HATE Lucic, why does he have to be such a douche and always jump in from behind. Ya he is a tough kid, but from behind are you serious?

  28. observer says:

    old and slow like the brain of the dufus who was the previous gm.

  29. MTLForever says:

    both goalies have let in a number of them tonight plus not even careys fault, our team forgot how to play defense.

  30. MTLForever says:

    youre dirt. seriously. yah they didnt play well at all but f off 

  31. observer says:

    one thing i never saw before on this team with martin restraining them – this team is full of guys with guts!

  32. MTLForever says:

    WTF?!!!!!! holy smokes guys we need someone who can fight. i applaud our guys for trying but holy 

  33. zaq007 says:

    Man love the heart from our team players that can’t fight for their lives still on the ice

  34. adam76 says:

    one bad game?  ONE BAD GAME?  Are you new to this team?  

  35. adam76 says:

    8 goals on how many shots?

  36. habs63 says:

    ok, they have played more than one game. Is the season over? They are only 4 points behind Boston and I’m sure they are close to 4th place as well if you are worried about home ice advantage.

  37. observer says:

    next bruins game call up that college player from hamilton, dress him send him out there to beat the crap of the smallest player on the bruins just like chara is 4 feet taller than any hab and idiot edwards jumps for joy on nesn and urges bruins to get subban and pacioretti.

  38. adam76 says:

    Bs are up 4 with a game in hand.  

  39. Storm Man says:

    STFU…… Dont you come on here taking shots at Price you two-faced donkey.

  40. habs81 says:

    last night the islanders and the leafs game there was a goalie that got hurt, a lines mans got hurt and a ref, the american fas were chanting USA USA USA why I have no idea. American fans are retards!  

  41. Mike D says:

    Given the TOR/ANA trade that just took place it got me wondering what moves we could make by the deadline to improve our club. Let me preface this by saying that I don’t think PG should (or will) make any major moves or sacrifice a pick or prospect for a rental to go on what’s likely to be an unsuccessful cup run given the injuries to Marky and Josh. This move though I think would be great because it would solidify our D for the playoffs, and at the very least help us immensely for next year’s cap: Spacek to the Blues for Brewer.

    Not sure if it doable unless we throw in a mid-level prospect or something like a 3rd or 4th round pick, but what do you guys think? Is it possible? Would you do it? Would we have to throw anything else in or can we do it straight up?

    – Honestly yours

  42. Bugs says:

    Over/under time in game when Poolio replaces Eller: 24:18.5

    Call it.

  43. adam76 says:

    I asked a simple black and white question.

  44. zaq007 says:

    I doubt the blues would want Spacek this year let alone for next year also

  45. Mike D says:

    I can understand that.  The other side of that is they would get a veteran presence and lots of playoff experience on what is a very young D core.  Unless they plan to resign Brewer, and he plans to stay, this is better than losing him for nothing.

    This isn’t to say that it’s a doable deal, but I don’t think it’s as impossible as it seems.  Even if we have to throw in a 4th round pick or something, I would do it.

    – Honestly yours

  46. JohnBellyful says:

    My mystical calendar is at it again. Here’s what it says for Wednesday, Feb. 9:

    On this date in 2011, the Montreal Canadiens edged the Boston Bruins 3-2 on a powerplay goal by Lars Eller.

    Weird, eh? Eller on the powerplay.


  47. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Depends on whether this is one of the games Poolio show’s up in.

  48. RC-51 says:

    Refs doing a great job tonight!

  49. habs63 says:

    Lets assume Bs win that game. What is to say that the habs cannot win 3 more games then the Bs for the rest of the year? And even if we don’t get home ice, does it really matter looking at recent history.

  50. saskhabfan says:

    Could have been worse,if we still had halak we would have lost by a converted touchdown and been out of the playoff race a month ago.

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