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No ri­valry in the NHL matches that of the Bru­ins and Cana­di­ens

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

DE­FENSE­MAN P.K. SUB­BAN said it best when talk­ing about the Bos­ton Bru­ins. “It’s good for the game, it’s good for the fans to know th­ese guys are mak­ing mil­lions of dol­lars but it’s real,” Sub­ban said of Mon­treal’s most in­tense ri­vals. “Guys want to win. It’s com­pet­i­tive.”

The Cana­di­ens have pretty much had their way with the Bru­ins over the years, but that one-sided as­pect of the ri­valry is be­gin­ning to even out. Max Pa­cioretty re­ferred to the Bru­ins as a “mea­sur­ing-stick team” for the Cana­di­ens. Not many play­ers still cir­cle dates on their cal­en­dars, but Pa­cioretty does that when the NHL sched­ule comes out and he sees the word “Bos­ton” on it be­side the Cana­di­ens.

You won’t find a more heated ri­valry. That’s be­cause the his­to­ries of th­ese Orig­i­nal Six teams have in­ter­sected so many times. They’ve al­ways played in the same di­vi­sion and, with a few ex­cep­tions, both have been com­pet­i­tive at the same time. Even when the Bru­ins are su­pe­rior, win­ning against Mon­treal is never easy.

The two teams meet Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Nov. 22 and Feb. 8.

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