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Your! Call: The most memorable Bruins vs. Canadiens moment

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TSN.ca Staff
10/27/2011 7:08:01 PM
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No two teams have played in more games against each other - regular season and playoffs combined. Nor have any two teams met in as many Game 7s as the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins' eight - with the Bruins taking the most recent one last spring en route to a Stanley Cup win.

There's arguably no better rivalry in hockey than that of the Canadiens and Bruins - one that spans several decades.

We pick the rivalry up in the early 1950s with one of the most famous goals in hockey history. In the very first Game 7 meeting between the two clubs, Maurice 'Rocket' Richard returned to the ice from injury to score an iconic game-winner past Bruins goalie 'Sugar' Jim Henry, sending the Habs to victory. The play also resulted in one of the most iconic photographs in the sport's history - the handshake between a bloodied Richard and Henry after the game.

There would be no handshakes three years later, when a clash between the two teams led to one of the scariest incidents in league history collectively identified as the Richard Riot. Bruins defenceman Hal Laycoe's high-stick set Richard off on that infamous night in 1955, which led to linesman Cliff Thompson being knocked out cold on the ice, along with a suspension and subsequent riots that would be a part of Canadian history.

The two teams won a combined 12 Stanley Cups in the 1960s and 1970s and met each other in the final in both 1977 and 1978. This period of supremacy was capped off in the 1979 semifinals with a two many men penalty and another famous goal. Guy Lafleur's notorious equalizer late in Game 7 came after the Don Cherry-coached Bruins were called for having seven players on the ice. With Yvon Lambert's OT winner, won the game and the series to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Players such as the Bruins' Cam Neely and the Canadiens' Patrick Roy kept the rivalry strong throughout the 1980s and early 1990s and it has since picked up again in the last 10 years. In the 2002 post-season, the Bruins led the series 2-1 over the Canadiens that year before an elbow from Boston defenceman Kyle McLaren sent Montreal's Richard Zednik to the hospital. The hit earned McLaren a suspension and helped swing the momentum in the conference quarter-final series the other way with Montreal went on to win 4-2.

The teams met in the playoffs two years later with the rivalry kicking up a notch after an incident which the Bruins considered an embellishment on the part of Canadiensforward Mike Ribeiro. Boston was pressing for the tying goal late in Game 3 of their conference quarter-final series when Ribeiro fell to the ice with an apparent injury, one that the Bruins players accused him of faking afterwards when he was seen smiling on the bench.

The latest episode of the rivalry occurred last year over a course of a couple of games. On Feb. 9, the teams met in a fight-filled affair that totaled 187 penalty minutes and saw a goalie fight between All-Stars Carey Price and Tim Thomas. A month later, Zdeno Chara put another spark into the rivalry with his hit on Max Pacioretty. One that sent the Habs forward into a stanchion, fracturing vertebrae in his neck and forcing him to miss the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.

As luck would have it, the two teams met in the playoffs last season with the Bruins edging the Canadiens in the first round. Boston defenceman Andrew Ference did his part in adding fuel to the fire with an obscene hand gesture directed towards Canadiens fans after scoring a goal in Game 4 of the series.

It never ends when it comes to Montreal and Boston.

So our question to you is: What is the most memorable moment in the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry? As always, it's Your! Call.

Subban and Horton (Photo: Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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