(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a series on rivalries. Red Wings 101 will count down the top ten current rivals of the Detroit Red Wings. Fans are encouraged to comment with memories from past games that they may have seen in the past.)
The word "rivalry" is defined as the action, position, or relation of a rival or rivals; competition (dictionary.com). Starting today, Red Wings 101 takes a look at the top ten current rivals that the Detroit Red Wings have. Some of these have gone on for a long time, while others are fairly new. With that being said, let us begin at number ten.
No. 10: Montreal Canadiens.
The Red Wings and the Canadiens, or "Habs" as they are more commonly known by, are two of the NHL's "Original Six." They have combined for 35 Stanley Cups in their time. They have also met each other 13 times in the NHL playoffs, including five times for the Stanley Cup between 1950 and 1956. However, they have not met in the postseason since 1978.
While this has been a fairly clean rivalry, in terms of lack of physicality between both teams, the history of postseason matchups is what puts this rivalry on the list. With both teams in separate conferences, the only time the teams meet is during the regular season, which is usually once or twice a year. Still, anytime the Red Wings and Habs meet up, tickets are tough to come by, as fans from both teams will pack Joe Louis Arena and the Bell Centre to watch two Original Six members face off.
DEFINING MOMENT: December 2, 1995. The Red Wings traveled to the Montreal Forum for a game with the Habs. During the game, the Red Wings launched a scoring barrage on Montreal goaltender Patrick Roy. Montreal coach Mario Tremblay pulled Roy in the second period after he had allowed nine goals (no, that wasn't a typo), with Sergei Fedorov scoring the ninth goal. After going to the bench, Roy told team president Ronald Corey that he had played his last game for the Habs. Two days after the Red Wings had won by a score of 11-1, Roy was traded to the Colorado Avalanche. More on that story in a later part of the series.
VIDEO: A replay of Roy's last game in Montreal.