Wednesday night's game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins featured 14 goals -- including eight in the second period alone -- 14 fighting majors, 192 penalty minutes and even a goalie fight, between Tim Thomas and Carey Price. Albeit a disappointing one, but still: goalie fight!
The showdown between Price and Thomas came shortly after a Milan Lucic goal, when a big pile-up formed after Bard Marchand went in hard on an icing touch-up. Stanley Cup of Chowder takes it from there:
The players paired off in some pushing and shoving, before Thomas skated out of the crease and down the ice to challenge Carey Price. The two goalies jarred at each other a bit, shed some equipment, and squared off. Unfortunately, no real punches were thrown in the somewhat disappointing goalie fight. Despite the lack of punches, both net minders were assessed fighting majors and minors for leaving the crease.
After the game, Thomas spoke of his "big ol' plan" for the fight.
"You just can't let it be an outnumbered situation," Thomas said after the game. "That's what I was thinking when I went down there. He was more than willing to fight."
"I had this big ol' plan," Thomas said with a grin. "I was going to grab his right and I was going to throw lefts because I know he's bigger and taller than me and has a reach on me, and I thought I could do a better job of throwing lefts on him. When we went to grab, he had a good hold on my right arm, and I got nothing.
"So then I was like, 'Oh, now what do I do?' I know he's got a big right cocked and ready to come, so I tried to switch arms, get my right free, and I grabbed him by the back of the shirt. When he threw the right, I was trying to pull him off balance. His shirt came off over his head and then I fell."
The game's other big line brawl came just before the end of the game, and it left hands bruised and faces bloodied.