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Dec. 4, 1967

Ah, there is nothing like a Bruins-Canadiens war. It could be reasonably argued that there was a time when the B’s-Habs rivalry dwarfed even the Red Sox-Yankees.

On this night, the Bruins topped the Canadiens, 5-3, before 13,909 at the Garden. It’s doubtful any of the faithful remember the goal scorers better than the brawls.

Boston drew 68 penalties with 71 for Montreal. The evening’s agenda was set late in the first period.

Montreal center Ralph Backstrom crossed through the crease, quickly drawing the ire of B’s goalie Ed Johnston, who dropped him to the ice. When Bruins defenseman Don Awrey went after Backstrom, the melee was on.

Backstrom left the game with a severe gash on his head. Both Awery and Johnston said didn’t come from them.

Awrey drew 37 minutes in penalty time.

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