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Video: Hard-hitting game between Bruins and Canadiens

Mar 24, 2014, 10:56 PM EDT

As is typically the case, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens were involved in another feisty contest. The visiting Habs came away with the two points, defeating their Original Six rival 2-1 in the shootout and stopping the Bruins’ winning streak at 12 games.

The bad blood between these teams started brewing early.

Canadiens’ defenseman Alexei Emelin caught Bruins’ power forward Milan Lucic with a hip check in the first period, initiating a reaction from Zdeno Chara, who was called for roughing.

As per Joe Haggerty of, Lucic called Emelin a “chicken” for the hip check after the game.

Now, here is the open-ice neutral zone hit from Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver on Bruins’ forward Dan Paille in the second period.

Despite these two big hits from the Canadiens, it was the Bruins that led the way with 36 registered hits to Montreal’s 24.

There was also a case of Lucic apparently spearing Emelin late in the third period. That can be viewed by clicking on this link.

  1. laxnhockey - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Another great game between these two teams. I just wish the refs wouldn’t influence the game with the phantom calls.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:28 PM


    • bildomatic - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      First off, unbelievable game last night with an amazing pace, emotion from both teams just going at each other from the opening drop I loved every second of it. As far as the hit on Lucic I’m a Bruins fan and I didn’t take issue with it, sure Emelin went low and Looch doesn’t like it, but it’s a legal hip check with no real intent to injure so just file it away for another day Lucic. By the same token the “spear” that’s been bandied about today wasn’t vicious and I don’t think he clipped him in the holy grail, I think he definitely was giving him a tap, but I don’t think he clipped him so, Emelin can relax like he was getting circumcised. Finally, would love these two squads to square off in the postseason and I love the fact that this rivalry has found itself again after what felt like some lackluster games in the past.

    • 101starmymedic - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      The calls were such garbage. The too many men on the ice…how can you NOT call that? It shows blatant favoritism. I can see not calling a high-stick or a hook/trip/cross-check/whatever because it’s open to interpretation. But too many men is NOT open for interpretation, it’s just like shooting the puck over the glass, there is not a determining factor, it either happened or it didn’t. It clearly happened, regardless of whether the guy is injured and skating off the ice.

      All told though, great game, Bruins should have had it, had the puck not jump over every single stick. I swear that thing had mexican jumping beans in it any time the bruins tried to pass to one another for a one-timer down low.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        The “too many men” was a good no call, neither guy was involved in the play and both were within a couple of feet of the bench; no advantage, no impact, no call.

        The worst was the phantom “hold” on the great play Gallagher made to strip Campbell of the puck and clearly demonstrated Montreal’s superior speed, which Boston just can’t match so the refs have to show their blatant favoritism and insert themselves into the game where they don’t belong.

  2. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Have to agree with lax. Still can’t believe they missed that high stick on Reilly Smith or Vanek not dropping his broken stick when he was supposed but B’s were due to lose eventually so might as well get a point out of it and get ready for the champs on Thursday.

  3. slaugin - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    It’s all on the refs… Phantom calls on the Bs early led to phantom calls on the Habs late… Just let them play

  4. slaugin - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    But if I were the Canadiens I’d want to play the special team game too consideri they got out shot 20-6 playing 5 on 5… Not a misprint 20-6

  5. jpat2424 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Nice hits

  6. 101starmymedic - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    The easiest thing for players to do when they have a disagreement, even better than a fight, is joust.

    Before the next face-off they agree to a joust. Then when the puck drops, they each skate behind their respective goalies, and skate full-blast at each other trying to hit each other as hard as possible, when they hit, whoever goes down, loses.

  7. kingcobraman - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    ur an idiot… joust …. its the 21st century not medieval times ….

    • 101starmymedic - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Yea cuz fighting is always so satisfying. The amount of good fights that actually have connecting punches, knock-outs, or a general ass kicking are so rare. It’s almost always them wrestling around, missing blows, and just slipping and falling, boom, AWESOME FIGHT. Not.

      • 101starmymedic - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:46 AM

        Also, they’re not jousting with their sticks, they’re jousting with their bodies. Trying to body check each other as hard as possible. If neither goes down, THEN drop the gloves.

    • habsmansboyfriend - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      EXACTLY. In medieval times they NEVER had fights…….just jousts….

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