BOSTON, MA -- There's always a bit of a circus atmosphere around the TD Garden when the Montreal Canadiens are in town and, despite today's very un-spring like weather, when the Habs come a-calling so does some playoff-like intensity.
Bruins Confident, Not Cocky
Boston has made the most of their opportunities since the start of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs and throughout most of the 2011-12 season memorable moments have been had by much of the roster.
Shawn Thornton's shorthanded penalty shot goal was just one of the many performances that have contributed to the B's dominance through November, December and January.
"Yeah that was a great goal," said Kelly. You tip your hat to him for making that play.
"It’s 2-1, we’re not playing the greatest and we want to tie it up and he goes down and pulls a move like that. It took a lot of confidence in himself and that’s a reflection of our team."
And what Kelly sees in that reflection is a confident, but not cocky group.
"I think some people will debate me on that," said Kelly with a smile. "But we’re a confident group and we go out and try to make plays and work hard and that was just a testament to how this team works.
"It’s everybody," added Kelly. "It’s not just a select few – it’s throughout the lineup. Up and down the lineup guys contribute, and guys do things out of their nature that maybe they’re not normally known for doing.
"Shawn scores a huge goal, has a big fight and that was a great game for him and for us."
This particular edition of Boston vs. Montreal features off-ice stories coming to the forefront, what with Montreal forward Michael Cammalleri critiquing a "losing mentality" around the Habs and the B's still fielding questions about Brad Marchand's suspension and last Saturday's loss to Vancouver.
But the on-ice fun of the B's against Habs matchup remains, and for B's forward Chris Kelly that's what makes tonight's game special.
"It’s always exciting to play a good team like Montreal," said B's veteran forward Chris Kelly. "They always play us hard – their games are great entertainment for the fans.
"They are fun [games] and that’s the important part of hockey, or any sport in general -- to make it fun -- because at the end of the day, we’re adults here, but we’re big kids.
"We play a game for a living, it’s unbelievable," he said.
Unbelievable is one way to describe the intensity that surfaces each and every time the B's and the CHC lock horns, but Kelly expects his Bruins to keep emotions in check.
"I think so, emotions run high in games like the Montreal series, the Vancouver game the other night and that’s part of hockey," said Kelly. "The important thing is to stay level headed and the end result is winning the game.
"The other stuff will take care of itself throughout the course of the year, or years, and you can’t get those two points back if you lose those.