"For me, not having experienced a playoff game [in the NHL], that was the closest thing," said forward Gregory Campbell
of Thursday night's 7-0 B's win over Montreal in front of a sold out Garden.
"It just creates just that much more excitement going into the playofs, and that what we're going to be dealing with in a game-in game-out basis at home and on the road.
"And when the stakes are higher and the games get that much more important a lot of the time a lot of the energy comes from the fans and that helps us tremendously," said Campbell.
But the Bruins don't plan on relying solely on the momentum garnered from the crowd.
"Well, the next three games are challenges for us, with New York, Philly and Chicago," said Campbell. "You know, we have to build on what we did on Thursday night, but at the same time, kind of forget about it.
"Take the positives from that game, but this is an entirely new game right now.
"We'll take it one game at time and play as well as we can tonight," he said.
Defenseman Adam McQuaid
said that the Bruins had done a good job keeping their focus on the game at hand going into Thursday.
"And we were able to keep our focus, regardless of the score," added McQuaid. "Our mindset was the same.
"Obviously it turned out to be a good effort."
McQuaid said he saw no reason for the B's to take their collective foot off the gas.
"I hope not," said McQuaid. "I think we've got a good thing going these last couple of game and for us, really, it's focusing on ourselves and not so much who we are playing and today will be no different."
Forward Brad Marchand
concurred and said, "If anything we can use that game to our advantage and kind of use the intensity and emotion we had to bring it into this game to make sure we have the same kind of tempo."