Tag: goalie fights

Zdeno Chara, Steve Kampfer, Roman Hamrlik, Max Pacioretty

Bruins’ 8-6 win over Habs had everything: fights, goals and plenty of hate


The Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 8-6 in a game that will stoke the fires of two opposing forces: those who love and hate hockey’s dichotomy between brutality and beauty.

Boston 8, Montreal 6

Before we get to the carnage and goal scoring frenzy, it’s important to note that this game had serious implications on the Northeast Division title race. With this win, the Bruins open up a four-point lead over the Habs and Boston also holds a game in hand.

That four-point lead might be the most important number to come from this game, but there were plenty of others. The second period included eight goals (four for Boston, four for Montreal), including seven in 6:19. That’s the fastest seven goal spree in this historic rivalry. Carey Price allowed the most goals of his career, letting eight Bruins shots pass him by.

But the game wasn’t just a bloodbath in a figurative sense, as the two sides threw enough knuckles that even Carey Price and Tim Thomas got involved. Well, sort of:

Overall, the Bruins finished the game with a staggering 85 penalty minutes while the Canadiens received 55. The contest devolved into a Slap Shot-like brawl, with some questionable fights as some Bruins seemed to take advantage of rarely fighting Canadiens.

Tom Pyatt’s mangled face is probably a pretty good microcosm of a rough game for Montreal. (H/T to Seth Rorabaugh.)

Jacques Martin probably won’t be happy with anything that happened in this game (with the possible exception of Max Pacioretty’s two-goal game), but Boston coach Claude Julien cannot be completely satisfied either. Tim Thomas allowed six goals while finesse forward David Krejci might have put himself in danger of injury by getting involved in the final frame fight fest.

Milan Lucic scored two goals and had an assist while Michael Ryder also scored two goals in a game that provided 14 scores, none of which resulted from an empty net.

While the game had its regrettable moments, it is the kind of night one would expect from a long-time, hate-filled rivalry like the one shared between the Habs and Bruins. There still isn’t much of a gap between the two teams in the Northeast, so their final two games (March 8 and 24th) should be interesting to watch.

Something tells me the league’s office will have their eyes on those two contests, as tonight’s game got out of control.

Goalie fight gone wrong: Rick DiPietro out 4-6 weeks with facial fractures, swelling in his knee

Rick DiPietro, Brent Johnson

It turns out that Brent Johnson hurt more than Rick DiPietro’s pride when he landed a one-punch knockout during their goalie fight on Wednesday night.

The New York Islanders report that their constantly injured netminder will miss four to six weeks with facial fractures from the punch, although the Islanders listed knee swelling as another reason why he will miss a big chunk of time.

While there is certainly some dark humor to the injury, it makes that resounding clip a little bit sad. Then again, DiPietro was probably being pretty foolish when he went into that fight, considering his health problems and previous concussion issues. (Something that Mike Milbury discussed earlier this week.)

This injury could spur the Islanders to make a move for a goalie at some point, although they missed their chance to claim Mike Smith off of waivers. It’s just been one of those years for a franchise that has had quite a few of “those years” and DiPietro is the embodiment of those struggles.

Here’s the video of that fight one more time.

Brent Johnson drops Rick DiPietro with one punch in only goalie fight of season (Oh yeah, and Pens beat Isles 3-0)


Sometimes you can summarize a night (or perhaps even a career?) with a single video clip. If nothing else, Brent Johnson’s one-punch knockout of Rick DiPietro was a pretty good video synopsis of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-0 win over the New York Islanders; DiPietro seemed to have his heart in the right place, but he still ended up flat on his back.

Pittsburgh 3, NY Islanders 0

The Penguins won another game with Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby out of the lineup, showing that they can gut out victories without their two biggest stars. Really, at this point, the team might be wise to consider letting Malkin rest for as long as the other guys keep putting wins together. (Crosby is still far enough away from a return that they can’t really dictate his comeback at this point.)

Tyler Kennedy and Chris Kunitz beat DiPietro for the Penguins’ two first period goals while Maxime Talbot iced the game with an empty-netter. Johnson didn’t settle for beating up DiPietro alone, as he stopped all the 20 shots he faced before Marc-Andre Fleury played out the game’s final 17 seconds.

The goalie fight was the first regular season netminder squabble since 2007, according to James Murphy. Seth Rorabaugh writes that Johnson received the “biggest No. 1 star ovation he’s ever heard in his life.”

Without further adieu, here’s the video of one of the quickest fights since Evander Kane floored Matt Cooke.

(Screen shot via NHL.com.)