Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller and Canadiens forward Nicolas Deslauriers made sure the season series finale between the century-old rivals did not disappoint on Monday, dropping the gloves in what was one of the absolute best scraps of the season to date.
In one corner, you had the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Miller, and the 6-foot-1, 221-pound Deslauriers in the other.
Neither one, as it turns out, is particularly unfamiliar with the art of throwing hands, and proved it with a Garden-erupting fight.
The duo have a brief history of sorts, too, as it was in an Oct. 2014 fight with Deslauriers (then with the Buffalo Sabres) that Miller suffered a shoulder injury that put him on the shelf for 12 games, and essentially derailed his entire 2014-15 season when a flare-up of the injury left as a spectator for the final 26 games of the season.
Revenge or not, the fight even brought a smile to the face of Handsome Ralph, Canadiens coach Claude Julien.
The Bruins entered Monday's action with the third-most fighting majors in the NHL this season, with 13.