May 01, 2014

Stanley Cup's Fiercest Rivalry Returns: Montreal vs. Boston


The NHL's fiercest playoff rivalry is back for round 34.

The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will meet for the 34th time in Stanley Cup Playoff history when they drop the puck on the 2014 Eastern Conference Second Round series.

No teams have come close to meeting in the playoffs as many times as the Bruins and Canadiens. The Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs have met in 23 total series, totalling 117 games. The Bruins and Canadiens have clashed a total of 170 times (Montreal is 102-68).

The Canadiens have dominated the series, winning 24 of the 33 series and 102 of the 170 playoff games. Keep in mind that most of that domination came from 1946 through 1987 when the Canadiens won an amazing 18 consecutive series.

Since then the Bruins have won 7 of the past 11 series, including the most recent meetings in 2009 and 2011.

Though the President Trophy winning Bruins are the heavy favorites in 2014, they lost three of four games against the Canadiens, including both games played in Boston.

Here is a complete history of previous Stanley Cup playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens:

1929 Semi-Finals: Bruins win 3-0
1930 Finals     : Canadiens win 2-0
1931 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 3-2
1943 Semi-Finals: Bruins win 4-1
1946 Finals     : Canadiens win 4-1
1947 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 4-1
1952 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 4-3
1953 Finals     : Canadiens win 4-1
1954 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 4-0
1955 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 4-1
1957 Finals     : Canadiens win 4-1
1958 Finals     : Canadiens win 4-2
1968 Q-Finals   : Canadiens win 4–0
1969 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 4–2
1971 Q-Finals   : Canadiens win 4-3
1977 Finals     : Canadiens win 4-0
1978 Finals     : Canadiens win 4-2
1979 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 4-3
1984 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 3-0
1985 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 3-2
1986 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 3-0
1987 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 4-0
1988 Semi-Finals: Bruins win 4-1
1989 Semi-Finals: Canadiens win 4-1
1990 Semi-Finals: Bruins win 4-1
1991 Semi-Finals: Bruins win 4-3
1992 Semi-Finals: Bruins win 4-0
1994 Q-Finals   : Bruins win 4-3
2002 Q-Finals   : Canadiens win 4-2
2004 Q-Finals   : Canadiens win 4-3
2008 Q-Finals   : Canadiens win 4-3
2009 Q-Finals   : Bruins win 4-0
2011 Q-Finals   : Bruins win 4-3

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