The Canadiens held a ceremony before their game against the Boston Bruins to honour the 82-year rivalry between the two clubs.
A video showing highlights of the teams’ most heated contests was shown before former Canadiens Elmer Lach, Emile Bouchard, Jean Beliveau, Pierre Bouchard, Guy Lafleur, Yvon Lambert and Chris Nilan and former Bruins Milt Schmidt, Johnny Bucyk, Gerry Cheevers, Wayne Cashman, Carol Vadnais, Rick Middleton and Ray Bourque were individually introduced to the crowd.
Bourque and Beliveau, the longest-serving captains in Bruins and Canadiens history, dropped the ceremonial opening faceoff.
The Canadiens have faced the Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs 30 times in the last 82 years, their most frequent opponent by far. Montreal has won 23 of those series and, up until 1987, Montreal had beaten the Bruins in 20 of 22 series, including a run of 18 straight over a 41-year span.
The Canadiens will hold similar ceremonies honouring their rivalries with each of the other four original six teams leading up to the team’s 100th anniversary celebration on Dec. 4, 2009.