The elephant in Bruins' room: history
The lingering image is of burning police cars in the streets of Montreal, streets filled with broken glass and embarrassing YouTube images flashed across the globe.
That was the result of the last playoff meeting between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins, a tense, seven-game standoff that emerged from a series in which the Habs were initially expected to easily roll over the B's but in the end barely survived.
Maybe that's what the flames engulfing the squad ...
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2009 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
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