Flying_Lion Posted September 25, 2011 Report Share Posted September 25, 2011 PRESEASON GAME #5 vs. Sunday, September 25th, 2011 6PM EST at the Halifax Metro Centre The 2010-11 season featured an epic divisional battle between these two Original 6 rivals. The eternal enmity is renewed Sunday in Halifax as Boston seeks to prevent a Stanley Cup hangover while the Habs are continuing their quest for a 25th celebration of their own. Montreal won the season series last year with a 4-2-0 record but their losses were legendary. February featured the 'Beatdown in Beantown', when the Bruins went up big early before the Canadiens attempted a valiant comeback that failed against Boston's physical style of play. A 4-1 victory in early March was little consolation as the Habs lost Max Pacioretti for the rest of the season, the tragic result of a "strong hockey play" that had absolutely nothing to do with head-hunting and message-sending. The final game was a one-sided affair with Boston running away to a 7-0 victory. Come April, the stage was set for a first round playoff series between the forever foes. Montreal had confidence coming off their 2010 run to the Eastern Conference finals and the stellar season of Carey Price while Boston was seeking redemption for their complete collapse against the Philadelphia Flyers the season prior, when they enjoyed a 3-0 series lead and blew a 3-0 lead in game 7 of that series to become only the 3rd team in NHL history to throw up on themselves. The last time they met in the playoffs, the Bruins blew out the candles on the Canadiens' birthday cake when they swept the Habs out of the 2009 playoffs and put an end to the Centennial Celebrations. Despite taking the first two games in Boston, the Canadiens stalled at home and ended up needing to force a seventh game. The relief shared by Habs Nation when PK Subban tied the deciding game, pushing the series to sudden death, was short lived. The Bruins took the series and went on to bully their way to the Holy Grail of Hockey. When it comes to Montreal-Boston, there's no such thing as a meaningless game, preseason or otherwise. The game will feature regular season intensity. I'm not sure of lineups but you can bet Brad Marchand - Halifax's anti-Crosby - will be suited up. It will be interesting to see Pacioretti play and whether Pouliot gets a chance to prove to Habs brass early that they made a mistake letting him go. I hope Halifax Habs fans will be able to celebrate a victory and flaunt it in the face of all the Marchand-loving bandwagon-jumpers. GO HABS GO! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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