The Sports Archives – Stanley Cup Memories – Boston and Montreal Rivalry Fires Up Again

What has proven to be one of the greatest rivalries in sports archives history is the ongoing battle between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins.  They have been fighting it out since the days of the ‘original six’ of the NHL.

Montreal can boast that they have owned the Bruins for most of the 20th century having defeated them in 20 of 22 Stanley Cup playoffs series through 1987.  That run includes victories in 18 straight playoff series from 1946 to 1987.

The modern-day Bruins have performed better winning 6 of the last 10 series since 1987 including a sweep of their last meeting in the 2009 quarter-finals.  Montreal edged them 4-3 in 2004 and 2008.

So far 2011 has proven just as exciting and the series is tied 2-2 at the time of this post.  The last time Beantown won the Stanley Cup was in 1972 when Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr brought the coveted prize to the Boston Garden.

Posted: 04/23/2011

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