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Bruins ready to face challenges of Bell Centre

by Matt Kalman

BOSTON -- The Bell Centre can be a foreboding place for opposing players, particularly in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It's arguably the loudest building in the NHL, and the Montreal Canadiens tend to feed off that noise more than the other team. The crowd and atmosphere can also have other impacts on the game other than juicing up the local players.

With Game 3 of an Eastern Conference Second Round series, which is tied between the Boston Bruins and Canadiens 1-1, scheduled for Bell Centre on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), center David Krejci knows just how hard a time the Bruins, or any team, can have on Montreal's home ice in the postseason.

"There's lots of things. You always have some new guys in the lineup and maybe they get a little nervous," Krejci said after practice Monday at TD Garden before leaving for Montreal. "And obviously they have 21,000 people cheering them on. And for some reason it always feels that they get so many power plays and you just kind of play [penalty kill] all the time.

"But I'm not complaining or anything like that. But you know it feels like that. So we've just got to go out there and put your mind into the game we have to play. And don't worry too much about the fans or about anything else that's going on around here."

Krejci has shown the ability to overcome the unfriendly confines of Bell Centre. In nine career playoff games there he has three goals and seven points. In fact, the Bruins have won their fair share on their archenemy's home ice. Since coach Claude Julien took over in 2007-08, Boston is 7-10-3 there in the regular season. The Bruins are 4-3-0 there the past three seasons, including 1-1-0 this year.

In the playoffs, the Bruins are 5-4 in Montreal over the course of three series since 2007-08. They closed out a sweep with two wins there in 2009 and rallied from 2-0 down in 2011 with consecutive road wins in Game 3 and 4. The core of this Bruins team has gone through all those series.

Julien says the game plan to leaving Bell Centre with a victory is pretty simple from his standpoint.

"At the end of the day, we've just got to go out there and play our game," Julien said. "It's important for us not to think that way. It's important for us to think about what we need to do to win and not let those kind of distractions get in our heads."

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