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Bruins’ Kevan Miller and Canadiens’ Nicolas Deslauriers have an old-fashioned fist fight

The Bruins’ Kevan Miller (left) and the Canadiens’ Nicolas Deslauriers went toe to toe in the first period.
The Bruins’ Kevan Miller (left) and the Canadiens’ Nicolas Deslauriers went toe to toe in the first period.(jim davis/globe staff)

Monday’s game, while more of a track meet than hatefest, did feature the best hockey fight seen in the TD Garden this season, and a scrap between two throwback names.

First came Kevan Miller’s decision over Nicolas Deslauriers. The Bruins blue liner (6 feet 2 inches, 210 pounds) and the Montreal fourth-liner (6-1, 221), who fought in 2014 when the latter was with the Sabres, threw haymakers at 16:10 of the first.

“He asked,” Miller said. “I said yes.”

After engaging off a neutral-zone draw, Miller locked his left on Deslauriers’s collar and sent a series of measured rights, popping the Hab’s helmet off while taking a few wild shots himself. The finish to the 22-second brawl will be replayed on highlight reels: They went punch for punch, each landing eight consecutive shots before Miller pounded him down.

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Both players got stick raps from the benches when they emerged from the boxes early in the second.

In the final minute of the second period, the teams came together for a scrum, in which two skilled sons of ex-NHL tough guys dropped the gloves.

Max Domi, son of Tie, threw two punches at Jake DeBrusk, son of Louie, earning a roughing minor. DeBrusk wasn’t penalized.

According to HockeyFights.com, Louie DeBrusk and Tie Domi never fought. Technically, their sons haven’t, either.


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