With Tuesday night’s victory and Montreal’s 2-0 loss to Buffalo, Boston opened up a three-point lead over the Canadiens in the Northeast Division with two games in hand.
But the B’s know that what may seem like a comfortable cushion is anything but -- especially as Boston welcomes their rival Canadiens to TD Garden for a Thursday night showdown.
“They’re right up there in the standings, they’re three points behind us and it’s so tight right now," said B’s forward Patrice Bergeron
“We can’t get comfortable. We can’t stop for a couple games like we did in that little funk that we had…[because] they’re a tough team to beat and a tough team to play and we need to make sure we’re ready.”
That “funk” Bergeron is referring to, is Boston’s 4-3-3 record in their last ten games, including a 1-2-1 road record during that span. But Tuesday night, the Boston did a good job to regain some confidence and momentum as they head into the final ten games of the season.
“We were pretty good in the second and third period even though, even the last ten minutes of the first period we were pretty good, pretty stingy and we didn’t give them too much,” Bergeron said of Boston’s effort last night.
Bergeron also noted that everyone in Black & Gold were disappointed by the recent slump and were looking for any way to break out of it.
“It’s hockey and if you stop for a second the other team is going to take advantage of you and that’s what happened,” he said. “We got comfortable a little bit and you can’t play comfortable.
"If you do that you’re going to be on your heels and you won’t be going.”
Bergeron commented that Boston’s emotion was much better in Tuesday night’s win, but also cautioned that the B’s can’t rest after one promising performance.
“It’s just one game,” he said. “We have to keep our emotion going and tomorrow is going to be a huge game.”