This is a series 40 years in the making, as the Rangers and Bruins have not faced one another in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1973---fairly amazing actually when considering the Blueshirts have faced the Washington Capitals, for example, three years in a row in the post-season, and in four of the previous five years.
So the built-in rivalry, intensity, and dislike between these two Original Six clubs is not at the level of teams that have a recent playoff history against one another, but you can believe that all of those things will build quickly in what is expected to be an extremely physical and emotional best-of-seven series.
The Rangers and Bruins have been near-mirror images of one another in terms of style of play for several years. They are both teams that rely on top-notch goaltending, are very sound defensively, and are willing to pay the price physically.
Over the past several regular seasons the Rangers and Bruins have been extremely well-matched, playing a series of close games, the results of which often could have gone either way. Four of their last five meetings, and 18 of the previous 23 since 2007-08, have been decided by one goal.
This year the Rangers took two of three games from the Bruins in the regular season, winning 4-3 at Madison Square Garden on Marian Gaborik's overtime goal January 23rd and 4-3 in a shootout at TD Garden on February 12th, while also losing on Opening Night 3-1 up in Boston.
This will be the tenth all-time post-season meeting between these two Original Six teams, with Boston holding a 6-3 series advantage over New York, though the Rangers did win the most recent series all the way back in 1973.
This Eastern Conference Semifinal series shapes up as one that should be well worth the 40-year wait.
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