MONTREAL – What would the Stanley Cup playoffs be without a Boston-Montreal matchup?
That’s tough to say since the Habs and Bruins have already faced each other in the postseason more times than any other two teams in North American professional sports. Add another notch to that tally, with the Canadiens now slated to meet the Bruins in the playoffs for the 33rd time in NHL history when Round 1 kicks off this week. Although many of those epic postseason tilts took place in the Original 6 era, the last half-century has also seen its share of the heated rivalry in the springtime. Since 1984, the two former Adams division rivals have squared off 14 times – with a 15th in 27 years penciled in for the coming series.
Despite having been swept by the Bruins in the 2009 postseason, Montreal still owns a lifetime advantage counting 24 wins in 32 series against the B’s.
Jacques Martin’s troops also took the edge in the regular-season series between the two teams, winning four of six games and going a perfect 3-0 at home against the Bruins. Despite the Canadiens’ winning record, Boston has outscored Montreal 22-20 in games this season. SEE ALSO:Put on your game faceThe Numbers Game - April 9, 2011 The scenic route