It was about this time last year that the Boston Bruins found themselves in a similar predicament as this year. They were 5-6 and searching for that one game that would give them the spark they needed to surge to the top of the Eastern Conference.
With the Bruins leading 4-1 late in the third things started to get nasty.
The main instigators were Steve Ott and none other than Sean Avery. Ott had been talking trash the entire game but when the challenge was brought to him he simply backed down and skated away. Then just a few minutes later Sean Avery checked Milan Lucic into the boards and all hell broke loose with Marc Savard immediately jumping Avery and throwing a few punches albeit he still had his gloves on. It led to an all out line brawl with all 10 guys getting in on the action highlighted by Shane Hnidy's beating of Matt Niskanen.
The Bruins would go on to win the game 5-1 and proceed to win 24 of the next 27 games, reaching the top of the Eastern Conference, and never leaving it after that.
This was the game that brought the Bruins together as a team and turned the season around. With the B's sitting at a mediocre 2-3 right now a dose of Dallas is just what they might need.
The two teams square off Friday night in Dallas for the first time since the infamous game last November. There's no reason the B's need to get into an all-out brawl again this game as they have shown they can win games. They still seem to be searching for that spark though and what better way to do it then with an old foe who helped jump start last season's amazing run.