NHL Notebook: Rivalry between Boston and Montreal never disappoints

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MONTREAL -- The storied rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens is very much alive.

It might not seem that way since the Bruins won all three games in a week’s span, but there’s no better matchup in the NHL than this one. Boston is playing its best hockey of the season, while Montreal continues to drop in the standings. It’s still incredible entertainment.

Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron, a native of Quebec, has enjoyed this rivalry since 2003. He’s been on the winning side and the losing side plenty of times, but he understands there’s something special about it.

“It always changes. It always evolves,” Bergeron said. “It depends on the year, but it’s always special. It goes beyond my playing years, but it’s been a lot of fun. It’s always great to come here and play with the fans and the atmosphere, and it’s the same thing in Boston.”