The Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens will get round two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs started on Thursday, May 1st. They are the first and only teams to play Thursday; the game starting at 7:30 p.m. ET in Boston.
This will mark the 34th time the two franchises have met in the post-season, surpassing any other two teams throughout the NHL. The Bruins/Canadiens rivalry dates back to 1929. Canadiens Josh Gorges addresses the rivalry:
“There’s been a rivalry between these two teams way before I was ever here and before I ever even knew about hockey. When you look back at previous years, and you look at the history of the organizations, those are two great organizations that have a lot of pride.”
The Canadiens had the upper hand against the Bruins throughout the season with three wins out of the four matchups. On the other hand, the Bruins finished out the season above Montreal and will have the home ice advantage.
Maintaining composure and not letting the intense rivalry impact the level of play will be vital for whichever team manages to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Further information should be released tomorrow.