Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/27/11 at 02:27 PM ET
from Stu Hackel of the Red Light at Sports Illustrated,
Fasten your seatbelts: The NHL’s greatest, most passionate rivalry resumes tonight when the Canadiens visit the Bruins for their first encounter this season (NHL Network in the U.S., 7 pm) and they play again on Saturday in Montreal. The six regular-season and seven playoff games these two played were some of the most exciting — and nasty — of the 2010-11 campaign and there’s no reason to believe they won’t continue in that vein.
The fuel for this combustible mix comes as much from the fans as the players. Both Bostonians and Montrealers know this is the first time in 39 years that the Bruins will take on the Habs as defending Stanley Cup champions — and it took a Game 7 overtime win by Boston to get past Montreal in the opening round last spring. By contrast, the Canadiens were champs seven times between Boston’s two most recent Cups, and in four of those seasons, they dispatched the Bruins along the way, twice in the final round.
Adding to the current subtext of this home-and-home series is the fact that both teams have played below their abilities in the early going.
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