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The Bruins face off with their third straight “Original 6″ foe this evening, as they host division rival Montreal (7-8-0) at the TD Garden.
Boston (6-7-1) will look to avoid their third straight shutout after falling 1-0 and 2-0 in their last two contests, to the Rangers and Red Wings respectively. The last time Boston was shut out twice in a row before this was back in March of 2007, and to find the last shutout streak of three games, you’d have to go back 80 years to 1929. It was then that the Bruins went scoreless in defeat to a trio that included the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Americans, and the Montreal Maroons.
Both teams have struggled out of the gate, failing to find the consistency that delivered playoff appearances for both squads last spring. Of course we all remember these two battling in the first round of last season’s playoffs, where Boston dominated play from beginning to end, sweeping the Habs in 4 straight games.
Here now, we take a closer look at tonight’s matchup of two long time rivals…
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