It goes without saying that the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry has lacked the fireworks it had last season. There have been only two fights, and, at last count, zero criminal investigations. That’s quite the departure from what we saw last season.
Count Habs forward Max Pacioretty  among those who has no problem with that. The Connecticut native was the center of attention in the rivalry last season. It all started when he celebrated his Jan. 8 game-winning goal in overtime by shoving Zdeno Chara . He then found himself in the middle of it again when he jumped former college teammate Steven Kampfer in a scrum on Feb. 9.
Of course, the most memorably part of last season’s rivalry came when Chara shoved Pacioretty into a stanchion at Bell Centre  on March 8. The play was highly controversial and ended Pacioretty’s season.
So by comparison, the 23 year-old finds this season’s tamer edition of the rivalry to be a relief.
“It definitely is,” Pacioretty said Thursday. “That’s in my past, and hopefully it’s in everyone else’s as well. I’m just looking to help my team win hockey games. Especially against a top team in our conference, I want to do whatever I can to help, and I’ve got to put the past behind me.”
This season, Pacioretty has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points.