The Montreal Canadiens have engaged the Boston Bruins in the postseason more than any other two NHL teams.
These two Original Six rivals have a long history, and the series has been owned by the Canadiens.
They have recorded a 24-9 edge in the series, and many of their victories have been classics.
Perhaps the series is best defined by the 1979 playoff meeting. The Canadiens had won the three previous Stanley Cup championships and they had a magnificent team that featured Guy Lafleur, Jacques Lemaire, Larry Robinson and Ken Dryden, with Scotty Bowman behind the bench.
The Bruins did not have the same level of talent, but Don Cherry's Lunchpail A.C. team was one of the hardest working and most effective teams in the NHL. The Bruins featured Wayne Cashman, Jean Ratelle, Rick Middleton, Stan Jonathan and Brad Park.
The two teams each won at home through the first six games and there was little reason to think the Bruins could win Game 7 at the Montreal Forum. However, Middleton scored with less than four minutes to go to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead.
They could smell victory, but they never were able to enjoy it. The Bruins were hit with a "too many men on the ice" penalty and Lafleur took advantage with a perfect slap shot that tied the score. The Canadiens would win in overtime on a goal by Yvon Lambert.
The Bruins would not beat the Canadiens in a playoff series until 1988. That ended a 45-year drought against the Habs.
The Bruins have won seven of the last 11 postseason meetings between the two teams.