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The regular season is over and our Boston Bruins proved that they can hang with the big boys in the conference, finishing with the #3 seed. Now it’s time for the playoffs, and their first opponent…the Montreal Canadiens.
I am a proud American and love my country. I am forever thankful to my forefathers in fighting to keep my rights to freedom safe from any other foreign power and making sure I am able to live in safety.
But when it comes to hockey, I HATE the colors red, white, and blue.
Those colors represent those dirty Montreal Canadiens and everything about them disgusts me.
The Bruins vs. Canadiens rivalry can be argued as one of the best rivalries in sports. No two teams have met more in the NHL (over 600 times) than the Bruins and Canadiens, and the hatred started almost as soon as the Bruins were formed in 1924.
Seven times the Bruins have faced the Canadiens for the Stanley Cup and all seven times the Bruins have come up short. Seven banners that should be hanging high above the ice at the TD Garden are displayed at the Bell Centre instead.
These “Original Six” teams are now in the same division and must go through each other to reach the Cup now. After having the Bruins have the upper hand in the ‘90s, the Canadiens have stolen three out of the four playoff series this decade. Who can forget the 2004 series in which the Bruins blew a 3-1 series lead?
Not I, certainly not I.
Of course, my hatred isn’t fueled by just the scoreboard…
Zdeno Chara’s (Boston) hit on Max Pacioretty (Montreal), which left Pacioretty with a broken vertebrae, was a perfectly LEGAL hit, yet thousands of Canadiens fans (who claim to be the gurus of hockey) were in outrage of no discipline being forced down on Chara from the league. Fans were so angry over this that they called their local authorities in an attempt to file charges against Chara.
Seriously, I can’t make that up.
What’s funny is, I remember Canadiens’ Defensement Hal Gill hitting Jon Sim into a turnbuckle in the very same fashion as Chara’s hit, and the Fans CHEERED. How dare someone do such a thing to a Montreal Canadiens’ player though? (Video Here)
I have an idea; how about Montreal stops crying about their player and actually fixes the real problem? Their stanchion is unlike any other in arenas. It’s clearly unsafe and needs to be addressed. They won’t, though, because they think the Bell Centre is the Coliseum of hockey. Once again, they are thinking they are above everyone else.
Of course, this isn’t the only overreaction from those hypocritical Montreal fans.
March 13, 1955, in a fight with the Bruins’ Hal Laycoe, the Canadiens’ Maurice Richard punched a linesman who was restraining him. The league suspended Richard for the rest of the season and through the playoffs for the punch. Fans were so outraged by the suspension, they rioted in the streets two days later.
You know what they say, Montreal Canadiens fan overreactions come in threes. What’s going to happen, not if but when, we beat them this series? The ice wasn’t the right temperature?
Finally, I hate the Montreal Canadiens because my father hates the Canadiens, and his father hates them, and his father’s father hates them. It’s a Boston sports tradition that will be passed down from Bruins fan to Bruins fan. It’s the one thing all Bruins fans can have in common, the one thing that makes us a big family.
Thursday at 7:00pm, a new chapter in the Bruins vs. Canadiens rivalry begins and it has never been more intense. Boston will forget about what happened in the past and focus on the present. It’s playoff hockey, one team will win, and the other goes home. I dont know which sports bar I will be at , but I do know that I WILL be watching history.