MONTREAL-- After going the distance and polishing off the Bruins, the Canadiens now finally know who they will face in the Eastern Conference semifinals: the New York Rangers.
Though a dozen seasons may have passed since the Canadiens and Rangers last went toe-to-toe in the playoffs, these Original Six rivals have had their fair share of springtime battles over the years. After a first encounter in 1930, the Habs and Rangers will now be facing off for a 15th time in the postseason. The teams have split their meetings down the middle thus far, each having earned seven series victories apiece.
While New York had the upper hand during the 2007-08 regular-season calendar, winning three of four matchups against Montreal, the Canadiens made a statement on February 19 at the Bell Centre. By erasing a 5-0 deficit to earn a thrilling 6-5 shootout win, the team registered the biggest come-from-behind victory in franchise history.