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No Carry-Over Expected as Bruins Take On Habs

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. – As the Boston Bruins travel to Montreal tomorrow night for a divisional showdown with the Canadiens, don’t be surprised if the game doesn’t feature the Fight Club essence that the last match-up between these squads showcased. 

“No, I don’t think so,” Bruins forward Gregory Campbell said when asked in there would be any carry-over from the Feb. 9 game in Boston.

“It’s just going to be another game, another playoff-type game. They always are when we play Montreal, but from our side of things nobody really focuses on that, that part of the game. 

"Whatever happened last game was part of the game. It was an exciting game, lots of goals. But there are things like that that aren’t talked about really and there’s nothing planned.”

The last game between these two teams featured two hours and 52 minutes of brawling and goal scoring. Between the two clubs, 14 pucks were netted and 182 penalty minutes were handed out.

Despite the high entertainment value of the last contest, the Bruins know this is an important game with an important two point up for grabs.

“It’s huge points and obviously we’re not heading into Montreal hoping to do the same thing as last game,” assistant captain Patrice Bergeron said.

“It was just one of those games that the emotion got the best of ourselves I think on both sides.”

Although Bergeron and Campbell don’t expect any carry-over from the fight-filled February match-up, Bruins Milan Lucic and Matt Bartkowski wouldn’t mind another physical showcase.

“It was a lot of fun to be in,” Lucic said after the Bruins practice in Wilmington today.

“I know our fans still talk about it and remember it and, obviously, there’s some things we did great offensively and there’s some things we did great sticking up for one another -- being team tough.”

“Moving forward here we’re still going to have to do the same thing; be team tough. And like I said, play smart. I think a big thing for us last game was we were able to establish that lead, get that first goal and we played well after that,” he said.

Bartkowski, who was recalled from Providence on Friday, didn’t skate in the February contest, but said he watched the game and is looking forward to a physical game with the Habs tomorrow night.

“Just a lot of plays down low around the net,” Bartkowski said of what he expects tomorrow night.

“I got a chance to watch the last game, it was pretty rough. Just going to play real physical...get the puck in deep and get on their D.”

The key to a Bruins victory though, according to Bergeron, will be keeping their emotions in check and their skaters out of the penalty box.

“The crowd is very loud and as soon as they cross the red line they get crazy. So we have to make sure we keep our emotions in check…and play our game,” he said. 

“Don’t worry too much about what they’re going to do and what they’re going to give us. And make sure we play well, move our feet and do what has been giving us success in the last ten games.”

---Hannah Becker

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