Even in a present information, Instagram, on-demand culture, some aged standbys are value watchful for and savoring — a tasty potion of booze (Merlot of march in honour of a Bruins’ fourth line), a bike float in a orange heat of a comfortable late afternoon, and a Bruins and Montreal Canadiens renewing their solidified blood argument in a Stanley Cup playoffs.
Gentlemen, start your animus. Hockey’s Hatfields and McCoys are during it again, reuniting for a 34th time in a postseason. The Bruins and their almighty antagonists start a second-round array Thursday during TD Garden. In a time of passing pleasantness spans, transitory players, and fungible loyalty, a Bruins-Canadiens adversary still means not only something, though all to a players, fans, and cities involved.
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There is genuine and organic animosity between these teams, not a kind trumped adult by breathless radio promos. This adversary isn’t overexposed like Red Sox-Yankees, overrated like Patriots-Jets, or on a interregnum from aptitude like Celtics-Lakers. Plus, a ante has been upped given it is a initial time given 1992 a teams will accommodate over a initial round.
Bruins brazen Milan Lucic was blunt in proclaiming his feelings for a Canadiens.
“I do [hate them], and if we ask them a same doubt I’m certain they’d give we a same answer about if they hatred us,” Lucic told reporters Wednesday. “It’s only healthy for me. Just being a partial of this classification we only naturally learn to hatred a Montreal Canadiens, and a battles we have had with them over a final integrate of years have really done we hatred them.”
That same quote from a Bruins actor could have been spoken in 1944 or 1974, instead of 2014. The names change, a apparatus evolves, though a adversary stays a same. Well, not wholly a same, many to a service of Bruins devotees.
Bruins-Canadiens is one of a premier rivalries in North American sports, travelling 9 decades, dozens of good players, unconstrained dislike, and large heartbreak for a Spoked-Believers. For awhile this was as rival a adversary as an egg bombard opposite a side of a frying vessel — a same side always cracked.
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The Canadiens have won 24 of a 33 playoff meetings and won 18 true from 1946 to 1987.
The Habs Hex was damaged in 1988. But many of a before 18 array weren’t close.
Eleven were motionless in 5 games or fewer. Two were three-game sweeps underneath a best-of-five format. Four were four-game sweeps. A span of tighten 1970s array consecrate dual of a some-more harmful denouements in Bruins story — a intolerable first-round improved of a fortifying champion Big, Bad Bruins in 1971 and a too-many-men-on-the-ice disaster in Game 7 of a 1979 Stanley Cup semifinal.
That’s because this matchup is a genuine treat, if we cruise looking brazen to stomach-churning, perspiration-generating, heartburn-inducing games a treat.
You can’t censure any Bruins fan who is a hold changeable about confronting a Canadiens. Winning a Stanley Cup in 2011 was positively sweeter when a trail enclosed transfer a hated Habs in Game 7 in a initial spin during TD Garden. But there have been too many sour endings pleasantness of a CH sweaters, formulating for fans of a certain age a kind of pucks post-traumatic highlight disorder
Eliminating a Canadiens, who have won 6 of a teams’ final 7 regular-season meetings, is never easy, though a Bruins are a improved team.
They demolished Detroit in 5 games. They possess 3 arguable lines, arguably a best two-way core in a game, mixed immature puck-moving defensemen, an elite, playoff battle-tested goaltender and a manly energy play.
When a Bruins kick a Canadiens in 2011, they done NHL history, apropos a initial bar to win a seven-game playoff array though induction a power-play goal. The Black and Gold went 0 for 21. The Bruins had a tip power-play commission in a playoffs entering play on Wednesday night. (6 for 16; 37.5 percent).
Even remarkable bother and Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban pronounced these Bruins are improved than a 2011 chronicle that won a Stanley Cup.
By a way, we consider a fascinating examination in fan psychology would be swapping a sweaters of Brad Marchand and Subban. If Subban were a Bruin, he would be a fan favorite, even with his histrionics. If a reckless Marchand were a Canadien, he would be despised. Preferred washing always colors notice with these teams.
It’s easy to dislike a Canadiens, who swept a Lightning, sans Tampa Bay’s Vezina Trophy finalist netminder Ben Bishop. But we have to honour a ability and deception of a Bleu-Blanc-Rouge. They’re not all Frenchmen, though a Canadiens can fly around a ice and wave on it, when required.
Max Pacioretty, a actor who stirred Montreal fans to call 911 in 2011, after he was slammed into a stanchion by Zdeno Chara, is one of a best American idea scorers in a game. Subban won a Norris Trophy final year as a league’s tip defenseman. No one is comparing Carey Price to canonized Montreal goalies Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden, or Patrick Roy, though Price backstopped a Canadian group to a bullion award during a Winter Olympics and has had a stellar season. He’s able of going Dryden.
Plus, a Canadiens acquired remarkable Bruins-killer Thomas Vanek during a trade deadline. Vanek sees a light when he plays a Bruins, a idea light. He has 30 goals and 32 assists in 55 regular-season tilts opposite Boston.
The Canadiens won’t go sensitively into a Hockey Night in Canada. we predict a seven-game series, giving Montreal an additional diversion simply for being Montreal.
But a days of a Bruins being a solidified foil are over.
The Bruins should spin a Habs into another square of story in this rivalry.