NHL Analysis: Boston-Montreal Rivalry Heats Up

The rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins is one of the best in hockey and the first half of the NHL’s truncated regular season suggest that 2013 could provide a special installment of that rivalry’s history. Halfway through the season, the Canadiens and Bruins are playing the best hockey in the Eastern Conference. Montreal is atop the standings. Boston is only a point behind coming into Sunday, despite having played three fewer games.