The Montreal Canadiens know exactly how the Boston Bruins feel right now. Last place in the conference. Not getting the results they need. Feeling the heat from the media. As bad as it was for the Canadiens last week facing an historically bad start – at least they didn’t have to play knowing that only a few months ago they were the best team in the league. How do you handle that?
Clearly the team has no answers. Claude Julien was one loss against the Canadiens away from losing his job after the first round of the playoffs. Then the team put together a storybook Stanley Cup run. Jobs were saved. Goats were made heroes. And now heroes are turning back into goats as if the Cinderella team was holding true to the fable.
This much is true: The Bruins are going to come out with guns ablaze tonight. Nothing in the world could releive the pressure they currently feel than a victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal. As huge as Montreal’s victory over Philadelphia last week was for this team’s confidence, the Bruins would say that this would be bigger. They need a success. They need a win. There is nobody they would want it to happen against more than their bitter rivals.
Montreal has the opportunity to do something they haven’t been very good at recently, which is – bury the Bruins when they have the chance.
To do it the Habs are going to need the kind of effort they gave for the last 40 minutes of Thursday night’s match. The team seems to have their mojo back. A second victory over the Bruins would lift the Habs into a tie for 7th place in the conference. But let’s not count our points before their earned. There is 60 minutes of hockey to play to earn those.
Go Habs Go!!!