BOSTON - When it comes to Boston-Montreal, you know the penalty box is going to be a busy place.
That was certainly the case in Game 2, as 15 penalties were called between both sides, nine on the Bruins.
Were there some that went uncalled? Sure. Bruins fans thought as much on a number of occasions where it looked like the Canadiens got away with a little extra. But rarely did the B's get off the hook, and by the end of the second period - with the B's having previously allowed a power play goal with two men in the box to go down 2-1, Claude Julien had enough.
At 18:09, Shawn Thornton made his way to the penalty box, but not because he did anything wrong.
Julien picked up a bench minor after airing out his grievances.
"The referee, I kind of told him that I didn't agree with his calls," Julien said to a round of laughs from the media after the game.
Prior to the bench minor, Torey Krug and Andrej Meszaros were in the box for roughing during a Canadiens' power play goal. Then, Jarome Iginla got into it with Brendan Gallagher.
Those were probably two of the many moments that came to mind when after the game, Julien commended his team for battling through "a lot of crap that we put up with today."
Krug's penalty was called after he went at Lars Eller for spraying snow in Tuukka Rask's face with his skates. Eller went to the box as well for unsportsmanlike conduct. It was the second roughing penalty of the night for Krug, who went to the box early in the first period, too.
Rask said after the game that he turned his head to avoid the spray, and wasn't sure if Eller deliberately tried to spray him. He also said that he was glad his teammates responded accordingly to protect him.
"I think it's just a little game within the series," Krug said of the emotions. "It's a big part of it. It's not necessarily the X's and O's, but it's the emotional side of things. We got to understand that it's another opponent that we have to go through to get to our eventual goal and we can't treat them any differently. I think we're realizing that and at the same time we play with an edge and that's what makes our team successful for sure."
The last thing Boston needed was to go on another penalty kill and potentially go down 3-1 heading into the third period. But it's an emotional game, and Julien felt he needed to be heard perhaps in hopes that it would pay dividends later down the road.
The B's were only called for one more penalty - a Dougie Hamilton interference call - the rest of the way.