There are few words to describe the chaos that unfolded during the second period of Boston's 8-6 win against Montreal on Wednesday night. The two Original Six rivals had a six-minute stretch that included seven goals and a line brawl that was capped off with the NHL's second goalie fight in the past week. According to the Versus intermission report, there was one goalie fight in the previous seven years.
It all started when Montreal's James Wisniewski went back for a touch-up on an icing call when he was drilled into the glass on a late hit by Boston's Brad Marchand. That hit sparked a massive brawl that ultimately filled both penalty boxes, while the two starting goaltenders, Boston's Tim Thomas and Montreal's Carey Price, decided to join the fun. (It's not like they were stopping any pucks during the period, so why not get into the action?)
Both players received fighting majors, but there really weren't any punches thrown or landed, so Pittsburgh's Brent Johnson still owns the NHL's goalie fighting crown after his one-punch knockdown of Rick DiPietro last week.
Here's a look at the Thomas vs. Price bout, if you really want to call it that...
Both goalies received two-minute minors for leaving the crease along with their fighting majors, while there was also a debate on the TSN broadcast as to whether or not they had their jersey's properly tied down -- they both came off -- which could have resulted in a game misconduct.
Rule 46.13 states the following:
A player who engages in a fight and whose jersey is not properly "tied-down" (jersey properly fastened to pants), and who loses his jersey (completely off his torso) in that altercation, shall receive a game misconduct penalty. If the player loses his jersey despite the tie down remaining in tact and attached to the pants, the game misconduct is not applicable, however this must be reported to the League office so that the jersey and the tie down can be examined.Goalies, however, are exempt from that rule according to TSN. The second period featured a total of eight goals and 37 penalty minutes, most of which were the result of the line brawl.
The referees clearly lost all control as the game progressed as there were a number of other fights throughout the third period, including another line brawl in the final minute that saw Boston's Gregory Campbell use Tom Pyatt's face as a punching bag.
The next meeting between the two teams? March 8 in Montreal. Circle that date.