Bruins not dwelling on recent struggles vs. Canadiens
|03.11.14 at 6:36 pm ET|
MONTREAL — Whenever the Bruins and Canadiens play, it’s a big game. For the last year, the rivalry has been a big disappointment for the Bruins.
The Habs have won the last five meetings between the two teams dating back to last March 3 and are looking to improve to 3-0-0 against the B’s this season. In each of the last three games between the teams, the Bruins have scored just one goal.
The B’s can’t put their finger on why the Habs have had their number, but Claude Julien ventured a guess Tuesday.
“I can’t answer that, but I can tell you one thing: I don’t think we’ve played well against them,” Julien said. “Have they given us trouble or have we given ourselves trouble? That’s the thing we’ve got to figure out here because in my mind it’s not to take any credit away from them but I’m going to talk more about this year.
“The game in Boston [a 4-1 Habs win on Jan. 31], we just weren’t playing well at all, so hopefully tomorrow we’ll paint a different picture, and if we play the way we’ve played lately I think it’s going to be a great game. So we’ve just got to focus on that.”
While the troublesome outings have been there for the B’s in recent meetings with the Canadiens, Julien wouldn’t go as far as saying that the Habs do something that throws them off their game.
“I’m not ready to say that. Not ready to say that,” Julien said. “Again, you’ve seen seasons where they’ve had the best of us and then we get in the playoffs and it’s the other way around. What changed? The team didn’t change. It’s just the way maybe we played and maybe the way they played. I’m more looking at head to head, how we’ve played against them, how they’ve played against us versus what they have and what we have or don’t have.”
The Bruins will need to start performing better against the Canadiens, as Montreal got better at the trade deadline and could be a potential second-round opponent for Boston in the playoffs. Having a couple of wins under their belt against the Habs wouldn’t hurt going into such a scenario.
That can start on Wednesday, and the B’s should be in position to perform better. They’ve gone 7-0-3 in their last 10 road games, while Carey Price remains out for the Canadiens and Thomas Vanek is still getting used to playing in a new system under Michel Therrien.
As such, the B’s hope to step up their game against a team that’s given them more trouble than they’d like. The one thing David Krejci insists is that the team shouldn’t dwell on its recent struggles against Montreal as long as the ship can be righted Wednesday.
“It doesn’t matter,” Krejci said. “Tomorrow’s a new game and it doesn’t matter what happened in the past.”