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On the Other Side

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- It's probably a safe bet to say that Benoit Pouliot has never faced a media scrum that was as large as the teeming bilingual semicircle which enveloped the space in front of his stall on Thursday morning inside the B's locker room in the TD Garden.


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In some places the throng was four and five reporters deep as the Boston Bruins forward, a former Montreal Canadien, fielded questions in French and in English as to Pouliot's feelings about facing his former club tonight in Boston.

"It's different, obviously, but it's good," said Pouliot to BostonBruins.com. "I think with the way things were in Montreal there -- needed a little change.

"Coming to Boston's great so far."

That said, neither team has been great at the start of the 2011-12 season.

The B's (3-5-0) stand fourth in the Northeast Division, tied with the Habs (2-5-2) with six points. Meanwhile, Pouliot's been in seven games for the Black & Gold and remains pointless (and -2).

"We just haven't had the start we've wanted to," said Pouliot. "But besides that the guys made it so easy for me to jump in here and do what I'm capable of doing.

"It's just a matter of working hard every night and things will fall into place."

Tonight, however, isn't like every other night.

Asked whether it would be difficult to hit somebody in Canadiens jersey, Pouliot said, confidently, "No. Not at all actually."

Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said he wouldn't have any special meeting with the forward and didn't see the need to be overt in any reminder about Pouliot's task tonight.

Julien said he might just remind the forward not to "try to do too much" and to simply play his and the team's game. But the B's bench boss -- who has often been in a similar situation as a coach in the NHL -- said he understood the special motivation Pouliot might feel against the CHC.

"It's not a big secret [when] you see a player play against his old team for the first time," said Julien. "You really want to do well.

"So, it's about making sure he channels his emotions in the right way."

Pouliot agreed that there is obvious motivation when you play against a former club.

"You want to prove to them that, 'Hey, you didn't want to keep me, I'll show you,'" he said, with a chuckle. "It pumps you up even more.

"Obviously it's going to be the first game against Montreal, but we have plenty of them all year long.

"I see this as just a little boost."

He's not the only one.
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