BOSTON – After serving as the whipping boys for a long, long time, the Boston Bruins have turned the tables on the Montreal Canadiens when it comes to their playoff meetings. It’s the 34th all-time playoff showdown between the B’s and the Habs, but the Bruins have taken two of the past three series since Claude Julien took control of the Boston bench seven years ago.
Still, it’s been a recent uphill battle for the Black and Gold. They've losing six of their past seven regular-season games against the Canadiens, while getting overwhelmed at times by Montreal’s speed and skill. The regular season doesn’t always translate into the postseason and the Bruins were essentially built for long playoff battles, but there’s a nagging suspicion this series will go the distance.
So, with the Bruins and Canadiens set to lock in for a long, heated playoff battle, here’s a category-by-category breakdown of the Bruins/Habs matchup: