Montreal played in Boston tonight. It started out as a hockey game, but became something else. Boston, well known as one of the top two cheap shot teams in the NHL, decided beforehand to cement their well deserved reputation.
200 minutes in penalties. 7 fights. 7 misconduct penalties. 6 game misconduct penalties. And one very lucky Boston goalie.
Montreal won the fights, 5-2, lost the game 8-6. Take that for what it's worth.
What get's me is why Boston insists on the cheap shots. They're a really good team, but insist on playing like, well, idiots. Everytime there was an altercation on the ice, Boston got the extra penalty or penalties for starting it, or doing something stupid.
For example, the third period was disgraceful by the Bruins. If I was a fan of theirs, I would've shut off the tv. Marchand and Subban were about to dance, and Milan Lucic, the biggest cheap shot guy in the league besides Matt Cooke, comes crashing in from behind and earns a third man in and a misconduct.
David Krejci jumps Benoit Pouliot from behind, but then goes down after one punch from Pouliot.
Andrew Ference hits Travis Moen from behind, then gets pummelled after Moen gets back up.
Then Boychuck and Thornton do away with the Canadiens defence pairing of Spacek and Hamrlik, with Thornton jumping Hamrlik after a linesman ties up Hamrlik.
And finally Adam McQuaid nailing Max Pacioretty from behind, throwing punches while the play goes on. He gets 4 minutes, Pacioretty scores on the power play.
All of these are from behind. Maybe that's how the Bruins prefer things. Don't ask, don't tell and all that. But Montreal got 5 power play goals because of this. It just goes to the class and character of an organization. In the Pouliot fight, Benoit knocked him down and out after two punches, and then did nothing. He did not hit him anymore.
As you'll see in the Price / Thomas fight, one punch and down goes Thomas. Everyone in the league knows how tough Carey Price is, and Price really wants nothing to do with it. He spends most of the time laughing.
The Bruins? Every time a Habs player was on the ice, they were swinging. Hitting while they were down, or while an official had them tied up. That, and about 18 Stanley Cups, is what seperates Montreal and Boston.
and can anyone tell me why Thomas was not ejected from the game as is the rule? At the end of the video you can see backup Tukka Rask getting ready to go in, but the ref said no. Brent Johnson got tossed when he went down to challenge DiPietro the other day, why does Thomas get the preferential treatment?