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