The Big Bad Bruins were back on Tuesday night, a 7-3 win over the Ottawa Senators at the TD Garden. The two teams racked up a combined 110 penalty minutes, 82 of which came in the final 1:03 of the game, when extracurriculars led to four fighting majors and six 10-minute misconducts being doled out by the officiating crew.
Something seldom seen in today’s NHL, one trying to shed the pugilistic label that has been one of the league’s finest selling points for virtually its entire existence. The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa was delighted to see its brief return on Tuesday.
During the fight, a hockey game broke out. The Bruins hung seven on the Senators in the back end of a home-and-home with Ottawa, the cherry atop the offensive performance being Jimmy Hayes’s buzzer-beating tally at the end of regulation, completing his first career hat trick.
The B’s snapped a three-game losing streak, avoiding their first home-and-home sweep since 2011. Most impressively, the seven-goal onslaught was done sans center David Krejci, who was placed on IR on Tuesday with an upper-body injury. Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com touched on the good sign that came of the effort.
Next up for the Bruins is the Winter Classic, when they’ll take on the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium on New Year’s Day. The ice is now up at Big Razor. Kevin Paul Dupont went into the process of building the rink.
With one of the greatest rivalries in hockey squaring off in the the game, plenty of memories should be made. Not that there haven’t been countless ones made over nearly a century of the B’s-Habs rivalry, and the 97-year-old Milt Schmidt thought of a few when he sat down with Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald.
And hey, while the Winter Classic didn’t come into existence in 2008, there’s been plenty of memories made over its short history.
Get ready for a few more to be made on Friday afternoon in Foxboro. And don’t be surprised if some gloves meet the temporary ice surface.