Boston Bruins Tales: The Death of the Montreal Jinx

April 9th, 2011 by Joe Gill Leave a reply »
Montreal has always been the burr in the Bruins’ saddle. They always found a way to beat the Bruins, especially in the playoffs.

The hated Habs beat the Black and Gold in the Finals in ’77 and ’78.

And the following year was just as painful.

Montreal was trailing the Bruins 4-3 in the waning minutes of Game 7 in the ’79 Stanley Cup Semifinals. Boston had a Stanley Cup Finals berth within their grasp until it happened.

The Bruins were called for a too many on the ice penalty. Of course, the Habs capitalized and Guy LaFleur tied the game. Then the Bruins succumbed in overtime at the hands of Montreal’s Yvon Lambert.

Yet again, Montreal heartbreak for the Bruins.

In the 80s, the Bruins and Habs crossed paths in the Adams Division playoffs. Montreal ousted Boston four straight postseasons from ’84-’87.  They were in the Bruins’ head.

A full fledged jinx was in bloom.

Heading into the ’87-’88 postseason, Boston had not beat Montreal in a playoff series since 1943. That’s 18 straight series.

Montreal ran away wi ...

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