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It’s one of the oldest rivalries in sports and one of the few that crosses international borders. The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, two of the NHL’s original six, have been involved in on-ice battles since the Bruin’s formation at the beginning of the 1924-1925 season. Since then the teams have met an NHL record 888 times in the regular season and playoffs combined. The Bruins’ record in the series is 337-400-103-7 giving Montreal the edge all-time.
The teams have played 170 games in 33 post-season series. During the 1978-1979 playoffs, the Bruins and Canadiens faced off in the Stanley Cup semi-finals. With four minutes remaining in regulation and with his Bruins up by one goal, Boston Coach Don Cherry made the fatal error of putting too many men on the ice. Montreal would score on the ensuing penalty and again in the overtime period to propel the Canadiens to eventually win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup. The move gaff would cost Cherry his job.
The rivalry has at times turned violent. The first incident involved Montreal star and future Hall of Famer Maurice “the Rocket” Richard, Boston’s Hal Laycoe in the 1954-1955 season. After a high-sticking penalty by Laycoe on Richard a fight ensued that involved Richard knocking out one of the game’s referees. After being escorted to the locker room, Boston Police attempted to arrest Richard but were blocked by his Canadiens teammates. This incident would eventually lead to riot later in the season leaving Rue Ste-Catherine in Montreal destroyed. The teams met in the playoffs later that season where Laycoe had to be escorted everywhere by police.
The most recent Bruins-Habs slugfest occurred in the 2010-2011 playoffs in the first round of the playoffs. The Candiens would end up winning the game 4-1, but the game featured seven fights including one where all-star goalies Tim Thomas and Carey Price squared off at center ice. Things turned especially ugly as time dwindled in the second period when Bruins defenseman, Captain Zdeno Chara checked Montreal’s Max Pacioretti into one of the metal uprights between the team benches. The hit would end the series early for Pacioretti as Chara avoided suspension. The Bruins would win the game in seven games on their way to winning their first Stanley Cup since the 1972.
As the rivalry continues into 2013, the Bruins and Canadiens will play each other four times in the shortened season. The first meeting ended with a 2-1 Bruins win in a game at the Garden. Their next meeting will be March 3rd in Montreal.