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I've always hated the "I went to a boxing match and a hockey game broke out" joke, but Game 3 between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens embodied the classic Rodney Dangerfield more so than any game in recent memory.
Line brawls broke out, and players resorted to taking penalties while trying to hurt each other in what was one of the most embarrassing displays of "hockey" ever witnessed on national television. There were outright muggings taking place on the ice, with players using their sticks as weapons and intentionally attempting to injure one another.
The third period became a mess after the Sens took a commanding lead, going up 4-1 on a Kyle Turris goal. Montreal coach Michel Therrien responded by putting an all-goon line out on the ice. Paul MacLean countered with his tougher players, and a line brawl erupted.
All told, there were 210 PIMs in the third period alone, 14 fighting majors and eight ejections.
Montreal never recovered from the embarrassing loss, dropping every game after the moronic display and eventually losing the series.