Five years ago today, the Montreal Canadiens skated into the Garden. The Bruins were two points ahead of Montreal in the standings, with the teams sitting at #5 and #6 in the East, respectively. The previous meeting between the two sides had been a touchy one, with Zdeno Chara going after Max Pacioretty after he gave Chara a shove in the back following his OT goal at the Bell Centre.
Emotions were high. People were looking forward to the game that night at the Garden and, for once, the expectations were exceeded.
The Bruins and Canadiens played one of the wildest games in recent NHL history that night, combining for 14 goals, 182 penalty minutes, a goalie fight, seven misconducts and thirteen major penalties.
Take a trip down memory lane and relive that wild night with the highlight videos below, courtesy of dafoomie.
First, the rough stuff...
...then all 14 goals.
Look at the penalty summary:
Notable happenings in this game:
- In a span of just three minutes in the second period, the game went from being tied at 2-2 to a 5-4 Bruins lead. At one point, Yannick Weber scored to tie it at 3-3, then Michael Ryder scored 31 seconds later to make it 4-3. After the Bruins went up 5-3, David Desharnais scored 17 seconds later to make it 5-4. As Jack Edwards said, he was "having the vapors."
- Zach Hamill had an assist, which was cool.
- Nathan Horton led all players with five points (1G, 4A).
- Only 13 players emerged from the game without any penalty minutes. One of them was Patrice Bergeron (of course).
The Bruins would go on to lose their next three games before rattling off seven wins in a row. The Habs ended up beating the Bruins 4-1 in their next match-up in April, a game that's remembered for the Chara-Pacioretty turnbuckle incident.
Of course, the two teams met again in April, and we all remember how that turned out...