However, when the B's arrived home from their 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils in the final game of the regular season and prior to the official playoff calendar release late Sunday night, B's alternate captain Patrice Bergeron
sounded very ready for postseason action.
"I’m sure they’re going to be ready for us," began Bergeron. "Obviously, it’s going to be a tough series and they’re a great team -- it’s always tough to play against them.
"I know here in Boston the fans are going be all behind us, and it’s going to be fun.
"And over there it’s going to be the same thing for them, so we need to make sure we’re ready and put ourselves in our own bubble and make sure we’re ready for that," he said.
'In our own bubble' projects to be a theme going forward for the Bruins.
"I think it’s about making sure that we don’t worry about the crowd in Montreal, it’s always tough to play there, but also I think (Montreal) is a team that never stops," said Bergeron. "They’re pretty resilient and always stay with it and they proved that last year, beating Washington in seven games.
"So it’s a team that never stops battling, never stops playing and for us it’s about making sure we play our game, stick to our system and play hard," he said.
Bergeron said that the B's confidence is high.
"I think it’s pretty good. I think we’re happy with the season, but still we’re happy that we clinched the Division. But it’s only a step closer to getting to the playoffs and once you’re there it’s all over," said Bergeron. "It’s about the playoffs, it’s about a game at a time...so at the same time we need to make sure we don’t sit on what happened in the season and make sure we’re going out there and being confident and being good."
As far as the Habs are concerned, Bergeron said that the opponent really doesn't matter.
"It didn’t matter to me to be honest with you," said Bergeron. "It’s a tough team to play, but now we know it’s them, and we just need to make sure we’re ready for them. And we’re going to start doing our homework and looking at the video and all that and making sure we’re ready for the match-up.
"I think we have high expectations on ourselves," added Bergeron. "I think we know we can do good things and I think we need to make sure we don’t look too far ahead.
"It’s four [game] series, but at the same time we need to make sure we worry about the first one and go from there."