Mar 12, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) (not pictured) scores a goal on Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj (30) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Yet, when the two foes meet, it seems to bring out the best (and worst) of each team, making for another thrilling series as we head into the second round of the playoffs. We caught up with Andrew Thompson, the editor of the FanSided Boston Bruins site Causeway Crowd, and asked him a couple of questions leading up the this Original 6 showdown.
Q1.. BU- Does your recent past series’ wins against MTL give you any confidence about the series ahead?
A1. CC– We swept the Canadiens in 2009, and it took an overtime thriller to dispatch the Habs in 2011. While the recent numbers favor the Black and Gold, every series is its own different monster. The only thing I can say on recent wins and losses is the 2014 Bruins team is a better team on paper than either the ’09 or ’11 teams
Q2.BU- Carey Price and Tuukka Rask have been two of the East’s best goalies all season. Why does Tuukka have the edge?
A2. CC– Tuukka Rask has been fantastic for the Bruins this year. I feel Rask has the edge in this match up due to the nature of the Bruins defensive minded system. The Habs’ system will sorely test the Bruins, as Montreal does a (slightly) better job than Boston with a net front presence. As long as the Bruins play to their system, the goals will come.
Q3.BU- Will Boston’s depth players like Marchand (0 points -1) and Soderberg (1 point) need to step it up if Boston wants to come out on top?
A3. CC- Brad Marchand is the X factor here. Can he chirp without crossing the line into ‘floptastic divery’? (The same question could be asked of PK Subban.) We’re probably going to see some flopping, and both sides will likely attempt it. All I can hope is that the first player that tries it gets caught. In my opinion, a double minor (two for unsportsmanlike and two for embellishment) would quickly remove the urge to attempt that again.
Q4. BU- Do the Habs have any advantage in this series they could exploit?
A4. CC– If the Habs press the net and frustrate Tuukka Rask, we’re in trouble. If the Bruins can play to their same system like they did against the Red Wings, we’ll be fine.
Q5.BU- What is your prediction for the series?
Q5. CC- Bruins in 6 Games.
(Thanks Again to Andrew for taking time to answer our questions, and if you are looking for Boston Bruins info check out Causewaycrowd.com, or a Montreal view AWinninghabit.com)
Below is the full series schedule, along with the networks that will be televising the games
Game 1: Thursday, May 1 – 7:30 p.m. in Boston (NBCSN)
Game 2: Saturday, May 3 – 12:30 p.m. in Boston (NBC)
Game 3: Tuesday, May 6 – 7:00 p.m. in Montreal (NBCSN)
Game 4: Thursday, May 8 – 7:30 p.m. in Montreal (NBCSN)
And, if necessary:
Game 5: Saturday, May 10 – TBD in Boston (TBD)
Game 6: Monday, May 12 – TBD in Montreal (TBD)
Game 7: Wednesday, May 14 – TBD in Boston (TBD)
What do you think, Blackhawks fans? Who will emerge triumphant and move on to the Eastern Conference Final?