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.

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