In a game that feature eight goals in the second period, 11 men in the two penalty boxes at once and a fight between the goalies, the Bruins beat the Canadiens, 8-6, Wednesday night at TD Garden in an epic battle between the two archrivals. Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder each scored twice and Nathan Horton scored and added four assists in a five-point night to help the Bruins extend their lead to four points over Montreal in the division and remain solidly in third place in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins took an early 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Brad Marchand and Dennis Seidenberg just 12 seconds apart. But the Canadiens tied it on goals by Brian Gionta and P.K. Subban. That's when the game took a crazy turn. Adam McQuaid would score just 78 seconds later, beginning a run of five goals by the two teams in three minutes.
Brad Marchand took a run at Montreal's James Wisniewski as Wisniewski...
In a growing trend, there was another fight involving goalies in the NHL and this one involved the Bruins and their archrival Canadiens.
As several skaters battled in a scrum behind Montreal goalie Carey Price, Tim Thomas skated the length of the ice and challenged Price to a fight with 7:24 left in the second period as part of a donnybrook at the Garden Wednesday. The skirmish between lasted just 15 seconds as Price dragged Thomas to the ice and neither one landed any punches of signficance.
Price and Thomas actually talked politely and tapped each other on the shoulder before heading to their benches while the officials spent nearly 10 minutes deciding the penalties. When it was over, six Bruins and five Canadiens were sent to their respective penalty boxes. The Canadiens scored just 11 seconds after play resumed on the power play that resulted from the fracas.
The bout was part...
The Red Sox designated right-handed pitcher Robert Coello for assignment on Wednesday to clear space for Alfredo Aceves on the 40-man roster.
Coello appeared in six games with the Sox in 2010, registering an ERA of 4.76. The 26-year-old pitched for both Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last season, posting a 7-6 record with an ERA of 3.86.
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WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers has heard all the criticism and venom spewed toward Kevin Garnett lately and after practice Wednesday responded to some of it, including recent comments by Suns coach Alvin Gentry that he no longer "respects" Garnett.
"It's amazing," Rivers said. "That's fine. I don't think Kevin cares, one way or another. We sure don't. When I hear a coach saying anything, ask them if they would trade for them. I have a feeling they'd say, 'Yeah, yeah, we'll take him right now.'"
Always known for his brash behavior on the court, this season Garnett has reached a new level. He has been criticized throughout the season for after-the-whistle contact and trash-talking with opposing players. In November, he was accused by Detroit's Charlie Villanueva of using the term "cancer patient" to insult Villanueva and, most recently, he elbowed Dallas guard Jose Barea...
WALTHAM -- The Celtics were reduced to 10 healthy players in practice on Wednesday, one day before their rematch with the Lakers Thursday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce was home sick while Shaquille O'Neal and Semih Erden continue to nurse nagging injuries. O'Neal has a sore right Achilles tendon while Erden is out with a right adductor strain.
On the bright side, Delonte West participated in his first full contact practice since his broken right wrist, suffered on Nov. 24 against New Jersey.
"We had 10," Rivers said following Wednesday's practice. "Paul's is sick so he stayed at home. Semih is out, Shaq is out. Delonte practiced today but he won't play [Thursday] or probably won't play until after the break."
Rivers said he does expect Pierce to play Thursday but not O'Neal or Erden. "I expect him to play," Rivers said of Pierce. "He's just...
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