This Day in Bruins History: Boston beats up on rival Montreal Canadiens

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The Boston Bruins have a long history of playing Stanley Cup playoff games on April 21.

They have played 20 games on this date with an impressive 15-5 record. The most recent matchup was a 4-2 road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of last season's first-round series. This victory forced a Game 7 in Boston two days later, where the B's won and eliminated the Leafs.

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The most common opponent on April 21 for the Bruins is the rival Montreal Canadiens. These teams have squared off seven times, with the Bruins owning a 5-2 record.

The last matchup was a classic. It was Game 4 of the Bruins-Canadiens first-round series in 2011. Montreal was at home with a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Canadiens had every chance possible to emerge victorious, too. They held leads of 1-0, 2-1, 3-1 and 4-3.

The Bruins stormed back from 3-1 down to score four of the next five goals. Andrew Ference started the comeback with a goal midway through the second period, and his celebration started a little controversy. Chris Kelly tied the score 4-4 in the third period while wearing a protective cage after suffering an injury earlier in the series. The B's won in overtime when Michael Ryder scored 1:59 into the extra period.

The Bruins won Game 4, Game 5 and Game 7 of this series in overtime. They would go on to win the Stanley Cup for the first in 39 years.

Another memorable playoff matchup between the Bruins and Canadiens on April 21 was Game 2 of their Adams Division Finals series in 1990. The Bruins won 5-4 in overtime when Garry Galley beat Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy in the extra frame. The victory gave Boston a 2-0 series lead, and it would ultimately eliminate Montreal in five games.

Here's a recap of other notable games the Bruins have played on April 21.

2018, First Round: 4-3 loss vs. Leafs
2017, First Round: 3-2 win vs. Senators in 2OT
2010, First Round: 3-2 win vs. Sabres in 2OT
2002, First Round: 6-4 win vs. Canadiens
1994, Conference Qtrs: 6-3 win at Canadiens
1991, Division Finals: 3-2 win at Canadiens
1970, Semifinals: 4-1 win at Blackhawks

This Day in Bruins History: Boston beats up on rival Montreal Canadiens originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston