BROSSARD, Que. (AP) - Nobody has called 911 yet. Can this possibly be a Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens playoff series?
With Boston holding a 3-2 lead in the first-round series heading into Tuesday night's game in Montreal, play between the two Original Six rivals has been so close that neither team is willing to risk giving the other a needless power-play opportunity.
The inexcusable and dangerous - not to mention illegal - use of the emergency telephone number by Canadiens fans in the wake of Zdeno Chara's devastating hit of Max Pacioretty on March 8 was one of the most extreme examples of the bitter rivalry spilling over into the real world.
Five games into this 33rd playoff series between the Bruins and the Canadiens, there is little to separate the margin of play between the two bitter rivals.