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CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Bruins need to adjust to Canadiens’ style

Sun Tzu never stood behind an NHL bench or was tasked with building a Stanley Cup-winning roster, although he no doubt would have been the Scotty Bowman of his day. Following the Bruins’ premature elimination by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the playoffs, Tzu’s sage advice should be heeded by the hockey minds on Causeway Street — know your enemy and know yourself.

The pucks postmortem of the Bruins’ 3-1 loss in Game 7 on Wednesday night is ongoing, but it’s clear the Canadiens aren’t going away. Thanks to NHL realignment and a reemphasis on divisional play in the postseason, the Habs are going to be a perennial hurdle for the Bruins on the highway to Lord Stanley’s hardware.

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