Bruins vs. Canadiens: Ranking the Top Playoff Clashes Between Historic Rivals

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Bruins vs. Canadiens: Ranking the Top Playoff Clashes Between Historic Rivals
Charles Krupa

Boston and Montreal are facing off this postseason for the 34th time in history. The bar for this series is set awfully high with the amazing contests these two great teams have had since their first playoff encounter back in 1929. How do they all rank?

Selecting the top clashes in the game's greatest rivalry is no easy task. They have involved some of the best teams in NHL history, seven Stanley Cup contests, 10 series that went the distance and at least a dozen shocking upsets.

In the end, I've combined all those elements to select the 10 most gripping chapters in this great rivalry's history. If this year's matchup is anywhere close to these precedents, then we're all in for some incredible hockey.

And if it looks like there's a Montreal bias, consider that the Canadiens have prevailed 23 times. The Bruins won their first meeting, then dropped 19 of their next 20 before emerging victorious eight times in the last 12. Boston has been eliminated by Montreal 23 times, only 16 fewer than by all other NHL teams combined.

Be sure to add a comment to weigh in on your favorite memories on these 10 thrilling battles and those that narrowly missed the cut. Let's begin!

 

All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.

 

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