By the way, I was just checking out the media guide… and yah, it’s a slow news morning.
Last season the Bruins were 1-7-0 versus Montreal and only got two points out of eight games.
Seriously folks, I just can’t believe that Our Boys, as presently constituted, will let that happen again.
There is way too much pride in the locker room for that to reoccur.
In particular, Patrice Bergeron
, the Bruins assistant captain, will certainly have something to say about that, as in his eigh games versus the Habs last season, Bergy had a 6-2-8 line.
"We know Montreal is a fast skating team," said Patrice. "They love the transition game where they counterattack on our mistakes, so we’ll have to be careful.
"We also know that they have a good powerplay. And we have to be careful to stay out of the box and capitalize on our own chances," he said.
"I think we need to get the lead. And after that, don’t think about defense too much and keep going at them. So that they don’t touch the puck…we have to keep playing our game and not thinking too much about defending the lead -- that’s what we need to do to beat these guys.
Beyond that, the club knows that Thursday game means something more to the fans, the city and the standings. A couple of wins puts the Bruins right back into the thick of things, playoff wise.
"We want to get winning here [in Boston]," said Marc Savard
. "We want to give the fans something to cheer about.
"It’s been a tough time, right now, obviously and everybody goes through a tough time.
"We’re still confident, though. We just want to get back to that .500 mark before we get out of town, maybe get above it. And if we beat Montreal…maybe we can get back to that."
Historically speaking, the Boston vs. Montreal has given the fans some of the best hockey the NHL has to offer.
"It’s an old time rivalry," said Tim Thomas
. "It’s a classic series going back for decades. So, it is acknowledged [in the locker room] and it’s always a big event.
"[It’s] because we are original six, but they also happen to have had good teams at the same time. Especially back in the early seventies.
"That’s what started it all. And just in the last few years there’s been some classic series."
Here’s hoping that the Black-and-Gold make Thursday night an instant classic.
Off to Ristuccia.