Canadiens, Bruins begin series Thursday in Boston

The wait is over for the rested Montreal Canadiens and Boston, with the rivals starting their Atlantic Division series on Thursday, with CBC coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Historical rivals have each had several days of rest

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price stops a shot by Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla as Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges covers during a Dec. 5, 2013 game at Bell Centre. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

The wait is over for the rested Montreal Canadiens and Boston, with the rivals starting their Atlantic Division series on Thursday.

Coverage will be begin on Hockey Night in Canada and on CBCSports.ca with Hockey Tonight at 7 p.m. ET. The puck will drop at TD Garden in Boston just after 7:30 p.m.

Further details regarding the second round schedule for the NHL playoffs will be officially released on Wednesday.

It will be the 34th time the rivals have met in the NHL playoffs, the most of any two franchises.

Montreal holds a 24-9 edge, dominating the rivalry for several decades.

Over the last 15 meetings, however, it has been fiercely competitive, with an 8-7 edge for the Canadiens. The seven Boston wins have come in the last 11 matchups.

Montreal has been idle since sweeping Tampa Bay on April 22. The Bruins clinched their series over Detroit four days later.

Boston has home ice advantage after earning the Presidents' Trophy with the most points in the NHL, at 117.

The Bruins earned only three of a possible eight points in the season against Montreal, who elected to start backup goaltender Peter Budaj over Carey Price in three of those meetings.

Boston's stellar goaltender Tuukka Rask has struggled in his career against the Canadiens, winning just three of 17 regular season appearances.

The clubs will meet in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1992.


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