Cheevers has rich history vs. Habs

Bruins goalie Gerry Cheevers clears the puck during a 1970s Forum game, his nemesis, John Ferguson, in hot pursuit in the background.
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Bruins Hall of Famer Gerry Cheevers is pulling for Boston netminder Tim Thomas as the B’s head into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal tomorrow night against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Banknorth Garden.

And why wouldn’t he be? The two goalies share jersey numbers, a goaltending style that wouldn’t win a beauty contest and physiques that would scare the judges of the swimsuit competition.

Cheevers earned two of his eight career playoff shutouts against the Canadiens, enjoying good success against Yvan Cournoyer but loathing John Ferguson.

He’s not even displeased that he yielded the only overtime goal scored by Jean Béliveau.

A visit with Cheesie, one of the Bruins greats who has many memorable links to the Canadiens.


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