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B's Prepare for Habs

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON – Tonight, in TD Garden, the Boston Bruins look to take advantage of a "four-point swing" in the Northeast Division standings as they take on their divisional arch-rivals the Montreal Canadiens. 

Nathan Horton collides with Montreal's Carey Price
However, the Canadiens come into Boston with a 3-0 record against the Bruins this season.   

“They’ve had our number so far this year and hopefully we can turn that around,” Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said this morning. 

The last time the two teams squared off was on Jan.8 in Montreal’s Bell Centre, where the Canadiens put together a late game comeback from a two-goal deficit before eventually winning the contest in overtime, 3-2.

“It’s a long season,” Thornton said of the B’s recent win-less streak against Montreal. “That last game we could have won.

"A couple breakdowns and they ended up pulling it out late. Credit to them for not giving up. 

“We have three more games against them, and hopefully we can do some damage control,” he said.

Although Montreal sits sixth in the Eastern Conference, with the Bruins holding the third place spot, the Habs are only two points behind the B’s in the Northeast Division with Boston holding one game in hand. 

As such, Thornton emphasized that Boston can’t take Montreal lightly.

“They’re just a couple points behind us," said Thornton. "They’re a good team, they’re fast and it’s not going to be an easy game. 

“They beat us three times this year so you have to take them seriously.”

“We have to come out hard," added center Patrice Bergeron. "It’s a huge game for both teams. So far they’ve been playing really good against us.

“We need to come out ready and use our fans to our advantage and have a good start.”

---Hannah Becker
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