Habs Meet Bruins in Playoffs for 34th time

It has been a while since fans of the Montreal Canadiens has watched their team play since sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning in 4 games in the first round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. This round will have an extra special meaning to Habs Nation as the biggest rivalry in the National Hockey League will be facing off for a best-of-7 series in the second round of the playoffs. This will be the 34th post season meeting between the 2 teams, dating back to the 1929 NHL Semi-Finals when the Bruins beat Montreal 3-0 on route to their 1st Stanley Cup win. In total, Montreal has won 24 of the 33 series against Boston but have lost the last two.

The Habs have crossed paths with the Boston Bruins a total of 4 times in the 2013-14 NHL season. The season series ended 3-1 in Montreal’s favour with Budaj posting a 2-1 record against Boston and Price going 1-0. The Habs five leading point scorers vs. Boston this season along with goaltending statistics are shown below:

 

Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

 

Despite being outshot 129-118 as a whole this season, the Habs outscored Boston 9-7 in total during the regular season season series in which Montreal defeated Boston 3-1. Montreal went 2-for-17 on the powerplay when facing Boston this season, while only allowing one shorthanded goal on 13 penalty kills. Also in the faceoff circles, Habs showed to be victorious after winning for a combined 142-121 at the puck drop. The Bruins’ five leading scorers vs. Montreal this season along with goaltending statistics are shown below:

 

Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

 

Keep in mind, the playoffs is a whole other story when you compare it to regular season play. So let’s take a look at the biggest contributors in points for both teams after one round of the playoffs (click on photo to enlarge):

 

Photo: Zachery E./AATH

Photo: Zachery E./AATH

Photo: Zachery E./AATH

Photo: Zachery E./AATH

 

Scoring does not tell the whole story when it comes to a team’s performance, so we are going to finish off this article with a look at the playoff performances of the goaltenders from both sides heading into the second round:

 

Photo: Zachery E./AATH

Photo: Zachery E./AATH

 

Game 1 of the series will be played at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on a date to be announced later on.

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