The hub of hockey will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins regular season games of 2010-11, followed by the top ten playoff games of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Today we take a look at No. 1: February 9, 2011, Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins.
Eight second period goals, 14 in all, six fights, including a Price vs. Thomas matchup, and 187 penalty minutes makes for a pretty good evening in Boston, eh?
The number one Bruins game of the regular season was a no brainer. The B’s 8-6 fight-filled win certainly had a little bit of everything.
13:16 into the game the Bruins took the lead on Brad Marchand’s 15th goal of the season. 12 seconds later Dennis Seidenberg would too find the back of the net giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead which they took into the first intermission.
The Canadiens kicked off a memorable second period with a goal by Captain Brian Gionta 25 seconds into the period cutting the Bruins lead in half. P.K. Subban would tie things up for the Habs with a power play goal midway through the second.
Less than a minute later Adam McQuaid would take the lead back for the Bruins with his first goal of the season.
The lead wouldn’t last long as Yanick Weber tied it again with his first career NHL goal.
The theme of the night continued as the tie game was short lived when Michael Ryder beat Canadiens goalie Carey Price with a beautiful move. 59 seconds later, Milan Lucic would score for the Bruins giving the black and gold their second two-goal-lead of the night, that’s when things would get interesting.
Five seconds after the faceoff that came after Lucic’s goal, all 10 players who were on the ice squared off behind the Canadiens net. Gloves were flying and punches were landing. Price decided to jump in on the fun and got involved. Realizing it was a 6-5, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas had to even things up and skated towards the Canadiens end.
Price met him half way and the two goalies began to dance. Punches were thrown but none connected, Thomas lost his balance and fell to the ice taking Price with him. 15 different penalties were handed out in the brawl as the penalty boxes looked like frat houses.
12 seconds after play was finally resumed the Canadiens cut the lead in half once again with a power play goal by David Desharnais. Two minutes later, Lucic would score his second of the night restoring the Bruins two-goal-lead. Lucic’s goal would end a 6:19 span that saw the longtime rivals combine for seven goals.
Max Pacioretty and Michael Ryder would trade power-play-goals midway through the third before Nathan Horton wrapped up the win for the Bruins later on in the period.
Bruins Goal Scorers: Marchand, Seidenberg, McQuaid, Ryder -2, Lucic -2, Horton
Canadiens Goal Scorers: Gionta, Subban, Weber, Deshanais, Pacioretty -2.
Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk played in his 100th career NHL game.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien coached his 300th Bruins game.
Canadiens Captain Brian Gionta’s first period goal was his 200th career goal.
Tim Thomas became the first Bruins goal since Byron Dafoe in 2002 to receive a fighting major.
The Montreal Canadiens were 4-8 on the power play.