The dislike between the Bruins and Canadiens goes back a century
WHEN THE BRUINS MET the Montreal Canadiens for Game 5 of their second-round playoff series last spring, it marked the 900th time the two teams have squared off. And we use the term “squared off” literally, since that’s usually what they do when they play one another.
The rivalry goes back to the Bruins inception 91 years ago, but much of it germinated during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s when the Canadiens dominated the Bruins. To be sure, Boston fans hate the Canadiens far more than the Canadiens hate the Bruins. After all, who doesn’t love his little brother, even though he beats on the guy all the time?
If you need affirmation of the hate the Bruins have for
the Habs, just watch last year’s playoff series and see the pitchforks fly. It was a series chock with dastardly deeds, from water bottle squirts to sticks to the junk. And it went the distance before the Canadiens won. The rivalry has evened out in recent years as the Bruins improved. But there will always be fireworks.
The two teams meet Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Nov. 22 and Feb. 8.