Prior to the conflict, which took some players out of the league for the duration, NHL membership had slipped to seven, down from 10 in the late ’20s. By ’42-43, only the Original Six were left standing, with Chicago still the farthest point west and Boston the farthest east.
The six-team league played a 50-game schedule, with the clubs facing one another 10 times each. Those same clubs remained the league’s only members through the 1966-67 season, maxing out at a 70-game schedule in which clubs faced each other 14 times a year.
This season, because of a lockout that reduced the season from 82 to 48 games, the Bruins and Blackhawks did not meet. Western and Eastern Conference teams did not face one another in the regular season. But now they’re together again, for the first time in the postseason since 1978, with Cherry’s words resonating from decades past.
“There must have been bad feelings before.’’
How the Bruins have fared all-time against Original Six foes:
|Bruins vs. Canadiens||Total games||Record||Win pct.|
|Bruins vs. Maple Leafs||Total games||Record||Win pct.|
|Bruins vs. Blackhawks||Total games||Record||Win pct.|
|Bruins vs. Rangers||Total games||Record||Win pct.|
|Bruins vs. Red Wings||Total games||Record||Win pct.|
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