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Bruins 8, Canadiens 6

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 8, Canadiens 6
Montréal Canadiens 6, Boston Bruins 8

BOSTON (AP) - Milan Lucic scored twice in a wild second period, and Nathan Horton had a goal and four assists for Boston as the Bruins outslugged and outlasted the Montreal Canadiens to win 8-6 on Wednesday night.

The teams combined for 182 penalty minutes, including seven apiece for Thomas and Price during a second-period fight that left the penalty boxes overflowing and the ice littered with equipment.

"I think we were just play-fighting more than anything," Price said. "Neither of us really wanted to get hurt, but we are out there doing whatever we had to do, I guess."

Michael Ryder had two goals of the career-high eight Price allowed. David Krejci had three assists, and Brad Marchand, Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid also scored for Boston, which beat its Original Six rival for the first time this season and extended its lead in the Northeast Division to four points.

Boston had 24 penalties, and Montreal was called for 21.

"Today was a big game. A lot of points were on the line. Important points," said Canadiens forward Brian Gionta, who scored his 200th NHL goal. "It's just an emotional game, and that's what you saw out there."

Max Pacioretty scored two of Montreal's four power play goals as the Canadiens lost in regulation for just the third time in 10 games. P.K. Subban, Yannick Weber and David Desharnais added goals for Montreal; it was a season-high in goals allowed for Thomas, who leads the NHL in save percentage and goals-against average.

Ryder had another goal waved off because Marchand crashed into the crease; replays showed Weber pushed him there.

That wasn't the only contact the goalies saw. During a second-period brawl that left five Bruins and four Canadiens in the penalty box, Thomas sprinted down the ice and challenged Price.

The players spent more time shedding their gloves and masks than actually punching.

"He fought with 'fighter's manners,' as far as not hitting you when you're down," Thomas said. "We were just in the All-Star game together. We're on friendly terms. It was business. But once business is done, it's done."

A more conventional fight broke out with 41 seconds to play, with eight players squaring off - four of them receiving game misconducts. At the end, the Bruins had just five skaters left on the bench and Montreal six.

Marchand and Seidenberg scored 12 seconds apart to give Boston a 2-0 lead in what turned out to be a relatively tame first period. That was neutralized when Gionta scored 25 seconds into the second period and Subban tied it 8 minutes later.

Then things got weird.

In quick succession, the Bruins went ahead; Montreal tied it; Boston took the lead again and then made it 5-3 on Lucic's first goal - and Horton's third assist - with 7:29 left in the second. Five seconds after the faceoff, players began squaring off in the corner at the Canadiens' end and, after Price skated over, Thomas sprinted at his Montreal counterpart.

Just a punch or two later, Thomas was on the ice. And 12 seconds into the resulting Montreal power play, Desharnais cut the deficit to 5-4. But Lucic made it a 6-4 game two minutes later on a short-handed goal.

In all, the teams combined for eight goals in the second period - seven in a 6:19 span - as the game went from a 2-1 duel to a 6-4 shootout.

Pacioretty made it a one-goal game with 12:54 left. But just a minute after Ryder's would-be goal was waved off, he scored one that counted and restored Boston's two-goal lead.

Notes: Thomas is the first Bruins goalie to get a fighting major penalty since Byron Dafoe in 2002. ... Montreal D James Wisniewski, who missed the previous two games with the flu, returned to the lineup. ... Bruins forward Tyler Seguin, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, was a healthy scratch. ... It was Claude Julien's 300th game as Bruins coach, seventh-most on the team's career list.

---with edits by bostonbruins.com

scoring summary
1st Period
13:16
BOS
Brad Marchand (15) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (26), Mark Recchi (27)
1 - 0 BOS
13:28
BOS
Dennis Seidenberg (5) ASST: Nathan Horton (18)
2 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
00:25
MTL
Brian Gionta (20) ASST: Roman Hamrlik (18), James Wisniewski (30)
2 - 1 BOS
08:30
MTL
PPG - P.K. Subban (7) ASST: Brian Gionta (10), Tomas Plekanec (26)
2 - 2 Tie
09:48
BOS
Adam McQuaid (1) ASST: Nathan Horton (19), Milan Lucic (14)
3 - 2 BOS
11:01
MTL
Yannick Weber (1) ASST: Mathieu Darche (12), David Desharnais (3)
3 - 3 Tie
11:32
BOS
Michael Ryder (15) ASST: Blake Wheeler (14), Zach Hamill (1)
4 - 3 BOS
12:31
BOS
Milan Lucic (22) ASST: Nathan Horton (20), David Krejci (29)
5 - 3 BOS
12:48
MTL
PPG - David Desharnais (4) ASST: P.K. Subban (18), Yannick Weber (8)
5 - 4 BOS
14:49
BOS
Milan Lucic (23) ASST: David Krejci (30), Nathan Horton (21)
6 - 4 BOS
3rd Period
07:06
MTL
PPG - Max Pacioretty (7) ASST: James Wisniewski (31), Carey Price (2)
6 - 5 BOS
10:01
BOS
PPG - Michael Ryder (16) ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (19), Steven Kampfer (5)
7 - 5 BOS
14:54
BOS
Nathan Horton (14) ASST: David Krejci (31)
8 - 5 BOS
19:46
MTL
PPG - Max Pacioretty (8) ASST: David Desharnais (4), Yannick Weber (9)
8 - 6 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
13:28
BOS
Milan Lucic  Cross checking against  Travis Moen
13:28
MTL
Travis Moen  Cross checking against  Milan Lucic
14:26
MTL
Scott Gomez  Tripping against  Mark Recchi
19:31
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Interference against  Blake Wheeler
20:00
MTL
Carey Price  Roughing against  Milan Lucic
20:00
BOS
Milan Lucic  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
20:00
BOS
Milan Lucic  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
20:00
MTL
Travis Moen  Misconduct (10 min)
2nd Period
07:32
BOS
Nathan Horton  Hooking against  Hal Gill
12:36
BOS
Tim Thomas  Goalie leave crease against  Carey Price
12:36
BOS
Steven Kampfer  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
12:36
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
12:36
BOS
Brad Marchand  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
12:36
BOS
Brad Marchand  Charging against  Brian Gionta
12:36
BOS
Mark Recchi  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
12:36
MTL
Carey Price  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Thomas
12:36
MTL
Carey Price  Goalie leave crease against  Tim Thomas
12:36
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Roughing against  Brad Marchand
12:36
MTL
James Wisniewski  Roughing against  Mark Recchi
12:36
MTL
Brian Gionta  Roughing against  Mark Recchi
12:36
MTL
Brian Gionta  Roughing against  Mark Recchi
12:36
BOS
Tim Thomas  Fighting (maj) against  Carey Price
17:52
BOS
Steven Kampfer  Cross checking against  Scott Gomez
3rd Period
06:40
BOS
Nathan Horton  Tripping against  Jeff Halpern
08:06
MTL
David Desharnais  Interference against  Adam McQuaid
17:06
BOS
Milan Lucic  Misconduct (10 min)
17:06
BOS
David Krejci  Fighting (maj) against  Benoit Pouliot
17:06
BOS
Nathan Horton  Cross checking against  Benoit Pouliot
17:06
MTL
Benoit Pouliot  Fighting (maj) against  Adam McQuaid
17:06
MTL
P.K. Subban  Misconduct (10 min)
19:11
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Game misconduct
19:11
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Fighting (maj) against  Johnny Boychuk
19:11
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Game misconduct
19:11
MTL
Tom Pyatt  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
19:11
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
19:11
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Game misconduct
19:11
MTL
Tom Pyatt  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
19:11
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Roman Hamrlik
19:11
BOS
Johnny Boychuk  Game misconduct
19:11
BOS
Johnny Boychuk  Fighting (maj) against  Jaroslav Spacek
19:11
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Roughing against  Roman Hamrlik
19:11
MTL
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Ference
19:11
BOS
Andrew Ference  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
19:11
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Pyatt
19:35
BOS
Adam McQuaid  Roughing against  Max Pacioretty
19:35
BOS
Adam McQuaid  Roughing against  Max Pacioretty
goalie stats
Carey Price
Carey Price
26-18-5
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 30
PIM: 9PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .765SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 7PP: 3 - 7
SV%: .818SH: 1 - 1