First-round breakdown: B's vs. Habs
Ah, memories of the old Adams Division. The NHL dropped divisional playoffs in 1993, but lo and behold, these Original Six rivals meet for a fourth time in seven postseasons. The Canadiens have won the past three encounters (2002, 2004, 2008) and 24 of 31 playoff series between the two teams. It doesn't seem to matter where either club is in the standings, either; the top-seeded Bruins were stunned by the eighth-seeded Canadiens in 2002 and as the No. 2 seed in 2004.
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2009 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
The Stanley Cup playoffs kick off Wednesday. Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and the rest of our NHL team preview the first round: