It didn’t take very long for the new Bruins to figure out who their biggest rival is.
And both Aaron Ward and Dennis Wideman are excited to be a part of tonight’s game.
"I think we have to play with confidence," said Ward. "You see how we started out (last game) we started out with some kick and some flair -- we got out there and got some pucks in deep and making the defensemen turn. And I think that is a key.
"And I think one of the situations you look at with Montreal is that you (have) to eliminate Sheldon Souray and his ability to shoot the puck and to move the puck.
"We have to come out with some spunk in our game," he said.
And the atmosphere in the building shouldn’t hurt either.
"I’m thrilled," said Ward when asked about being part of the Boston vs. Montreal rivalry. "I grew up in Ottawa so I used to get the CBC game and I remember the Neely’s and the Middleton’s and all of those guys.
"It was just a heated rivalry and it bordered on hate.
"I just enjoy that added ingredient that makes hockey that much more fun."
Wideman was wide-eyed at the prospect of putting on the Spoked-B and facing off against the CH.
"I think it is going to be a pretty good hockey game," he said. "I think it is going to be intense.
"I am excited for it."
Wideman admitted that he has not been part of anything like what he expects tonight.
"It should be exciting playing the Montreal Canadiens for the first time," said Dennis. "(Especially) in as big of a game as it is.
"If we want a chance of making the playoffs (tonight) is a must win."