Yesterday, FanSided continued our look through the NHL, moving down the list to the Boston Bruins. Unlike the Ducks, the Leafs and Bruins do have a great deal of interaction, through not only a surprising number of player transactions, but through the fact that they play six times a year as Northeast Division rivals. The Phil Kessel trade added another level of intrigue to this Original Six rivalry, and while it doesn’t quite attain the excitement of a Habs-Leafs game, every time the B’s and Buds meet, you know you’re gonna get your money’s worth.
Last season, the Leafs’ took the season series, 4-2, although two of the wins came by shootout. Kessel finally seemed to break the curse of his former team with a couple of strong performances, including a two goal effort in one Leaf win and the shootout winner in another. Unfortunately, it was the Bruins who got the last laugh, as they waltzed into the playoffs with the Northeast Division’s top seed, and battled their way to a Stanley Cup victory. If there’s any consolation in that for Leaf fans, it’s that Tomas Kaberle was finally able to get the ring that eluded him through all his years in Toronto, as he led all Boston defensemen with 11 assists in the playoffs.
This season, the Leafs and Bruins face off for the first time at TD BankNorth Garden in Boston on October, followed by a pair of games in Toronto in November. The two teams will play once more to start the month of December and then won’t see each other again until March, when both teams will be hoping the remaining two games have serious playoff implications for themselves. For more on the Bruins’ upcoming season, we’ll send it over to Steve Kendall at Causeway Crowd.