article by Nicolas Bernier

First off, I am a big Montreal Canadiens fan. The Montreal Canadiens (“the Habs”) and the Boston Bruins, who are two teams of the National Hockey League, and also part of the Original Six, are competing against each other in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. These teams have one of the greatest rivalries in hockey; it is comparable to the Yankees and Red Sox rivalry. The Bruins and the Canadiens have played 34 series together since the 1924 season.


During rivalries, there are always a couple of players that the fans do not like. The Bruins fans hate defensemen PK Subban. This player was the main subject of conversation in the media after Game 1. More than 17 000 racists tweets circulated on Twitter after Subban scored the game-winning goal in overtime. On the other side, Montreal hates 6 ft. 9 in. defensemen Zdeno Chara. . In March 2011, Chara hit and drove forward Max Pacioretty’s head into an off-ice stanchion close to the bench. Pacioretty was severely injured and suffered a severe concussion. The fans in Montreal got enraged because Chara only got a game misconduct after the hit and the VP of the NHL operations decided not to suspend him.


The same year, the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens during a Game 7 in the first round. I will always remember that game when forward Nathan Horton hit a bullet form the blue line and goaltender Carey Price never had the chance to see it come toward him. The Bruins went on to win the Stanley Cup.


The series is tied 3-3 and both teams will again compete in a Game 7 this evening at 6pm CDT (May 14th). Boston might have a slight advantage because they are playing home, although Montreal has everything to win at the TD Garden. The Canadiens is a much smaller team than the Bruins but they use their rapidity to counter the Bruins physical play. For goaltending, both team count on goaltenders that are among the elite of the NHL.


Regardless of what happens at the end of the game tonight, whether the Canadiens or the Bruins advance to the semifinals, there will be police officers patrolling the main streets in both cities. Previously, some people in Montreal have broken into the windows of stores and have flipped and burned police cruisers.


One last #GoHabsGo.


Here is the summary of the current second round:


Game 1 Canadiens 4 Bruins 3 *ended in 1st overtime

Game 2 Canadiens 3 Bruins 5

Game 3 Bruins 2 Canadiens 4

Game 4 Bruins 1 Canadiens 0 *ended in 2nd overtime

Game 5 Canadiens 2 Bruins 4

Game 6 Bruins 0 Canadiens 4

Game 7 Canadiens vs. Bruins @ 6pm TD Garden