Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins Grudge Match: Will There Be Blood?

Jason HitelmanCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2011

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 09:  Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins and Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens fight in the second period on February 9, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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I'm hearing all the talk from both sides about the final game in the Boston-Montreal saga, but I'm just finding it difficult to believe.

Both teams say that they are going to play hard for the victory. With only three points separating the two teams, playing for the win seems like a logical thing to do.

Unfortunately, we have been hearing about this highly anticipated game since Mar.8, the last time these two teams met. I remember being as nervous as I've ever been watching a hockey game, actually fearing for someone's life on that fateful night.

After Max Pacioretty was carried off on a stretcher, I remember wanting the game to just end, right then and there. I was hoping that the refs would blow their whistles and call it. I was done.

The game continued.

You'd think that after watching the catastrophic event in the second period, the Bruins wouldn't want to challenge the Canadiens to fights late in the third. That wasn't the case—that isn't Bruins' hockey.

While there may be no intent to injure in the upcoming game, it doesn't mean that no injuries will occur.

Tomas Plekanec is going to play in Boston. He's nursing a lower body injury. I appreciate his desire to get back in the lineup for the biggest game this season, but I'm a little bit on edge. For some reason, I feel like he'll be skating around with a bull's-eye between his numbers.

Carey Price took a therapy day trying to rest his sore knee. If for one second you don't think that the Bruins will be crashing the net, trying to run Price as much as possible, you've got another think coming.

I understand that hockey is a tough sport and that is one of the reasons why I love it. I also love to watch the sport being played by game's best players. Those players, for the Habs, are Carey Price and Tomas Plekanec. Max Pacioretty was the best forward on the Habs when his head was slammed into the stanchion.

I want to watch the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins play a good, hard, competitive game. I want it to be clean and I don't want to see anyone get hurt.

I’m happy that the Canadiens are fielding their best possible team and not questioning the Bruins’ intent. Habs fans don’t want to see blood, they want to see a win and playing Price and Plekanec give the Canadiens their best shot at one.

It should be a great game, I'm just very uneasy about it at the moment.