There are many memorable moments in the Montreal-Boston rivalry. Which you select as your personal tops, of course, depends on which side of the divide you sit.

If a Montreal fan, you are likely to recall 1971 and the heroics of Jean Beliveau and Ken Dryden or the 1979 Too Many Men on the Ice call. From a Boston perspective, you might think of the 1990’s domination of Montreal or Chara and Tim Thomas leading them past Canadiens recently.

There is that classic shot of the Rocket and Sugar Henry in a bloodied post game handshake.

And then there are the events of 1955 that led to the notorious Rocket riot.

But perhaps the best moment in the history of the teams is one less known to many of us. It is captured in a powerful image of a moving event.

It occurred in 1942 just after a game in which the B’s thrashed Montreal 8-1 at the old Garden.

Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald, in writing of his 10 top Montreal-Boston moments, made this memorable moment known to me for the first time:

(It was) the last game for the B’s famed “Kraut Line” of Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart before they joined the Royal Canadian Air Force to take part in World War II.

After the game, in which the Krauts combined for 11 points, the three players were carried off the ice on the shoulders of both Boston and Montreal players as the organist plays “Auld Lang Syne.”

So, don’t let them fool you with that rivalry stuff.  When push comes to shove, there was and remains class on both sides of “the rivalry”.