Canadiens have served up poison pill to Bruins over past year

Milan Lucic Bruins Canadiens preview
Milan Lucic and the Bruins have had a tough time in Montreal over the past year-plus. Credit: Getty Images

After the Bruins’ 3-0 Game 3 victory in Detroit a week ago, Boston fans felt quite comfortable. A series win felt like a formality and most in the Hub were asking things like, “Who’s next?”

“Next” is a team that has served as something close to spoked ‘B’ kryptonite for over a year now. From March 3, 2013 to this week, the Canadiens have won six of seven from the Bruins with their most notable win coming back on March 24 of this year in Boston when they halted the B’s 12-game winning streak.

For half glass full Bruins fans, the Bruins had actually owned a five-game winning streak against the Canadiens prior to their recent slump against their arch-rivals.


“We were mediocre against them during the year and they’re a team that has given us trouble historically, so it will be a challenge,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told NESN. “Much is said about their size and their speed and allegedly, that’s what gives us problems. I think that’s part of it … I think it’s just sometimes, you just don’t have success against (a certain team) sometimes. They have some speedy forwards, they made themselves better with (Thomas) Vanek, that line has had some success with Max Pacioretty and (David) Desharnais. Their goalie (Carey Price) is good, very good. So it’ll be a real interesting series, I think. Despite the common belief that speed kills, I think we’ve shown that we have some speed and we have some size and we have experience, so it will be a challenge, but I think we’ll overcome that challenge.”

Montreal had recently been getting in the habit of resting Price, who had a save percentage of .904 in the Habs’ first round sweep of the Lightning, against the Bruins in favor of backup Peter Budaj. Budaj may one day want to take up residence on Causeway Street as he is 5-0 with a .960 save percentage at TD Garden against the Bruins.

But given the stakes, the Canadiens will likely rely mostly on Price. Budaj hasn’t played since April 9, the day he became something of a day-long internet punchline when he knocked a game-winner into his own net in a loss to the Blackhawks.

Price and the Bruins met just once this season, a 2-1 Canadiens victory at Bell Centre on Dec. 5, 2013 in which the Sochi Olympics gold medalist saved 32 of the 33 shots he saw.

Follow Metro Boston sports editor Matt Burke on Twitter: @BurkeMetroBOS



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Man dies trapped in elevator shaft at Bronx…

A man in his twenties died after being trapped in an elevator shaft of a Bronx building early Monday, police said.

International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…