WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien doesn't anticipate too much of a technical difference between the Montreal Canadiens the B's saw earlier this season and the Habs that take the TD Garden ice on Monday, but "CJ" knows the Black & Gold can't look past their archrivals from Quebec.
"Well there’s a lot of things that are hard to explain in this game," began Julien. "Montreal has always given us a hard time no matter what year.
"They seem to match up well against us just like we’ve been doing to Toronto [Maple Leafs] this year. The same thing with us and Philadelphia, we match up well against those guys.
"There are certain teams that just seem to match up better against other teams and Montreal is one that gives us a hard time. We have to understand that, respect that and make sure that you come out and play your best hockey possible."
That's particularly so because there's not much margin for error in the traditionally playoff-like low scoring affairs with the Habs.
"The first couple of games -- which I think we turned it around after that -- we hadn’t been playing good hockey. It’s hard for me to kind of use that as an example.
"We’ve got to put those games aside and not look at that as whether it was the impact it had on us losing against them. I think we’ve got to look more at our game and how much it’s gotten better and the fact that they always give us a good challenge."
And with a new coach behind the bench in Randy Cunneyworth, the B's are expecting another good battle.
"I don’t think they’ve changed anything," said Julien. "They’re hoping for a positive reaction as far as having more life or whatever the case may be.
"They’re hoping for a positive reaction as far as having more life or whatever the case may be.
"So we’ve got to be ready," explained Julien. "It’s as simple as that."