To finish their stretch of four games in six nights, the Bruins will face the Canadiens, a team they have faced only once in the first two-thirds of the season, and that was up in Montreal.
But it might be as good a time as any to play the Canadiens, who had lost 5 of 6 before beating Carolina at home Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Bruins are playing some of their best hockey of the season, with six goals in each of their last three games.
“I think right now it’s really important that we continue to look at our game,” Bruinc coach Claude Julien said. “Our game’s been good, but it’s always a good game against the Montreal Canadiens, and it’s always been a great rivalry.
“But let’s not look at it so much as a rivalry more than we need to continue bringing our game to the table every night that we’re playing this week, and finish it off on a good note here with five games left before the Olympic break. And that’s where our whole focus is, and you’ve got to try to not get dragged into this big buildup that we have every time we play them.”
Montreal won the first matchup, 2-1, Dec. 5 in a game that saw Johnny Boychuk carted off on a stretcher with a back sprain.
The teams are meeting in the Bruins’ 28th home game of the season, the latest ever for the teams’ first game in Boston in a season. The Canadiens did not visit until Feb. 1 in 2000-2001, but that came in the Bruins’ 26th home game of that year.