There has been no shortage of full-fledged donnybrooks, let alone fights, between these two teams over the last three-and-a-half years.
The Canadiens have never backed down from the big bad Bruins in that time, and in some cases they’ve even been the aggressors in the teams’ post-whistle altercations.
Back in the 2007-08 season, Steve Begin committed the first questionable hit in the recent rivalry when he crosschecked Marc Savard from behind, breaking a bone in his back. The irony of this is that Begin would end up switching teams and becoming a Bruin the very next season.
It’s reminiscent of how Claude Julien coached the Canadiens earlier in the decade before later joining the Bruins.
The next two seasons saw plenty more fights between the two teams, the most notable being when Milan Lucic knocked out Mike Komisarek and then taunted the Canadiens bench while pumping up the Bruins fans.
Komisarek kept the bad blood between the two players going when he hit Lucic from behind during the 2009-10 season.
However, none of this compares to what transpired during the 2010-11 season.
Max Pacioretty may have planted the seed for what turned out to be a nasty series of Habs and Bruins battles early in 2011 when he shoved Zdeno Chara after scoring an overtime winner on January 8th, 2011.
Just one month after that game, the Bruins and Canadiens took their rivalry to an even higher level when they hooked up for an all-out blood bath. The video footage for all seven fights, one of which featured goaltenders Tim Thomas and Carey Price, and 187 penalty minutes can be viewed here.
However, on March 8th, things turned ugly when Chara ran Pacioretty’s head into the metal partition between the benches. The hit knocked Pacioretty unconscious and caused a criminal investigation by the Montreal police.
Nothing anywhere near that serious has taken place between the two teams so far this season, but that doesn’t mean it won’t in the future. We just hope the bad blood doesn’t cause any serious injuries like it did for Pacioretty.