Canadiens' Subban embraces do-or-die clash with rival Bruins

Tue May 13, 2014 5:47pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

(Reuters) - To appreciate the depth of disdain NHL rivals Montreal and Boston have for each other one need only listen to the delight expressed by Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban at the prospect of ending the Bruins' season.

Subban and the Canadiens, fresh off Monday's 4-0 home win over the Bruins, will head to what is sure to be a raucous TD Garden in Boston for a do-or-die game on Wednesday that will send the winner to the Eastern Conference Finals.

"I can't wait for the crowd, the noise, the energy in the building. I can't wait to take that all away from (Boston and their fans)," said Subban.

Even before the opening faceoff of the best-of-seven East semi-final, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien predicted the series would be "trench warfare."

If it is true that familiarity breeds contempt then the two Original Six teams have a deep reservoir of malice to draw upon in a rivalry that stretches back to 1929 and seen the two cities clash in the postseason 34 times - a record in North American professional sport.

Heightening the tension, Wednesday's meeting marks the ninth occasion the teams have clashed in a winner-take-all Game Seven and the fourth time in the past five series since 2004.

"They're a lot of fun," said Montreal netminder Carey Price, who is 1-1 in Game Sevens against Boston. "That's the whole reason you play the hockey game.

"That's what you dream of as a kid."   Continued...

May 12, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) takes a shot on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) and defenseman Torey Krug (47) during the third period in the game six of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports