Boston responded a little over a minute later when forward Adam McQuaid sent the puck high and glove side over Canadiens goalie Carey Price.
Canadiens forward Yannick Webber tied the game 73 seconds later at three apiece. That lasted a full 31 seconds until Bruins forward Michael Ryder took the puck and deked Price stick side to put the Bruins up 4-3. Fifty-nine seconds after that, Milan Lucic stuffed in a rebound to further the Boston lead to 5-3.
Then the real fireworks started.
After a check behind the net of Carey Price, a full-on pushing and shoving scrap broke. Price got involved, Thomas came out halfway, then when Price got involved again, it was goalie fight time.
Although the goalie fight was anticlimactic, the result of the full line scrap was 36 total penalty minutes. Both penalty boxes were left with standing room only. Price and Thomas were both allowed back into their nets and after a delay to sort through the equipment and penalties, it was game on.
Just 12 seconds after the line scrap and goalie fight, the Canadiens again scored on their third power play to pull within 5-4 before Lucic stuffed in a short-handed goal to extend the Bruins lead to 6-4.
To finish out the second period, the Boston fans began chanting "USA, USA, USA," even though the Canadiens have more Americans on the team than Canadiens.
At the end of the amazing second period, both teams combined for eight goals and a goalie fight.
Great game. This is the kind of game that even if you allow five goals, you don't want to leave as a goalie because it's backyard hockey.
And how ironic that a crazy game like this happens during rivalry week in a meeting of two of the NHL's biggest rivals, the Canadiens and Bruins.