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Opponents

BOSTON BRUINS

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Cups won against
1930
 
2-0 VS Boston 3rd
1946
 
4-1 VS Boston 6th
1953
 
4-1 VS Boston 7th
1957
 
4-1 VS Boston 9th
1958
 
4-2 VS Boston 10th
1977
 
4-0 VS Boston 20th
1978
 
4-2 VS Boston 21st
 
Statistics (as of 2012-2013 season)
SEASON
 
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
HOME 360 206 104 47 462 1203 855
AWAY 361 142 159 56 344 982 1054
TOTALS 721 348 263 103 806 2185 1909
SEASON
 
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
HOME 87 64 23 128 294 198
AWAY 83 38 45 76 215 223
TOTALS 170 102 68 204 509 421
The intensity permeating a match-up between Boston and Montreal is derived from a lifetime of rivalry.  No two teams in the history of the NHL have faced off against each other more often than the Bruins and the Habs, as the clubs have squared off over 600 times. 

The Boston-Montreal rivalry is particularly strong in the postseason, as the Canadiens have emerged victorious in 24 of the 32 series.  From 1946 to 1987, the Habs won all 18 playoff series between the two bitter opponents.   

During this sequence, the Canadiens collected six Stanley Cups at the hands of the Bruins, but Boston has never been able to return the favor.

The Bruins enjoyed more success in the early 1990s, winning five series over the Habs in six seasons.  Since then, Montreal has found its way back on top, offing Boston in three of the last four series.

Here are a few key moments in the history of the Montreal-Boston rivalry:

-    On March 13, 1955, during an altercation with Boston’s Hal Laycoe, Maurice Richard strikes the linesman who is restraining him.  The league suspends the “Rocket” for the remainder of the season, includingthe playoffs.  Judging the decision to be unjustly harsh, Montreal fans seethe with anger, reaching their boiling point in a game against the Red Wings two days later and sparking a riot in the streets.  

-    In 1971, during Game 2 of the quarterfinals, the Canadiens erase a 5-1 deficit to defeat Boston 7-5.  The game proves to be a turning point in the series, as Montreal would go on to oust the top-seeded Bruins in seven games.

- Leading 4-3 on May 10, 1979, late in Game 7 of the semifinals, the Bruins are whistled for a too-many-men penalty.  Guy Lafleur records the equalizer on the ensuing power play and a few minutes later, Montreal’s Yvon Lambert notches the game-winning goal in overtime.