NHL Free Agency 2011: Benoit Pouliot Trades in Canadiens CH for Bruins Spoked B

July 2nd, 2011 by Shawn Hutcheon Leave a reply »
One of the most intense rivalries in all of sports exists between the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins and the 24-time Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens. Dating back to the 1924-1925 season, the two organizations have faced each other in 711 regular season games with Montreal holding the edge with a 343-259-103 record. The teams have met in 33 playoff series. Montreal, again, holds the upper hand by winning 24 of those series.

The heated rivalry was turned up more than a few notches on March 8, 2011 in Montreal when Bruins captain Zdeno Chara checked Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into the stanchion along the boards. Pacioretty sustained a severe concussion and a fractured neck vertebra. Montreal police launched an investigation into the hit. The investigation is presently ongoing.

The clubs met in the 2011 Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Boston was the victor of a thrilling, hard hitting seven-game series.

It is almost inconceivable for fans of both storied franchises to think they will ever see one of their favorite players switch allegiances, but that is exactly what happened on July 1, 2011, the first ...

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