Video: Thunderous first period hits show Bruins-Habs rivalry is alive and well (Updated)
In case you didn’t already know, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins don’t like each other.
Example No. 1,437: Tempers flared between the two long-time rivals during Monday’s game after a couple of massive hits within the span of just a few seconds during the first period.
It started with Alexei Emelin stepping up and delivering a heavy but clean hit on David Pastrnak along the boards. Seconds later, Andrew Shaw was hit in the open ice by Torey Krug.
Shaw went immediately to the dressing room, in obvious distress, and it will be interesting to see if the league deems this a hit worthy of supplemental discipline. There was no call on either hit.
What happened shortly after shouldn’t surprise anyone. Brendan Gallagher challenged Krug to a fight, with both players dropping the gloves and quickly hitting the ice.
You’ll recall during Saturday’s game between Montreal and Colorado that Emelin, with his team up 10-1 at the time, threw a controversial hip check on Joe Colborne, drawing a response from Jarome Iginla.
Updated: Per reports, Shaw has returned to the Montreal bench in the second period.