NHL Playoffs 2011: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens' 10 Game One Observation

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NHL Playoffs 2011: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens' 10 Game One Observation
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Heading into tonight’s tilt between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens there is a sense of excitement.

In fact, when it comes to this years playoffs, I am confident that the Bruins/Canadiens match is the most anticipated matchup in quite some time for many NHL fans, not just the fans of the Bruins and Habs.

At the core of the curiosity are a couple of regular season incidents which may very well serve as an appetizer for what is to come in this series.

First, came a brawl between the two teams in early February, which even saw the Two goaltenders—Carey Price for Montreal and Tim Thomas for Boston—duke it out!

Then, the entire hockey world gasped for air, as Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara hammered Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into the stanchion, leaving Pacioretty concussed and Montreal fans, steaming mad.

When you add these two incidents to an already epic playoff history between the two sides you have the makings for what should serve as one of the more emotional Stanley Cup Playoff Series in recent memory.

With all this in mind, here are the top ten observations and story lines from game one of the series.

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