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Montreal Canadiens. Boston Bruins. Thirty-three previous playoff series dating all the way back to 1929.
Needless to say, there's a lot of history behind this second-round series.
Over time, the Canadiens have the edge with 24 series wins. However, the Bruins have won seven of the last 11, including a first-round matchup in 2011 that went seven games before the Bruins claimed the Stanley Cup. They came back from a two-game deficit in that series.
Boston won in 2009, too, in a four-game sweep after the Habs squeaked into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
There's no question the Bruins have been the beasts in the playoffs. The regular season, though, is another story. Montreal won three of four head-to-head battles against the Bruins this season. Whether that success can be carried forward in the postseason is a key storyline for the series.
There should be plenty of hostility with pests on both sides that are easy to take issue with on the ice. Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand will get under the skin of their opponents, and Brandon Prust and Brendan Gallagher are equally capable of riling the Bruins.
Besides, Lucic said, per The Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper, he literally hates the Canadiens.
Just being a part of this organization you just naturally learn to hate the Montreal Canadiens, and the battles we have had with them over the last couple of years have definitely made you hate them.