BOSTON - The key word for the Boston Bruins in the early stages of their opening game of the playoffs will be discipline.
The B’s like to play a rough-and-tumble style and that brings with it inherent dangers.
“We know the way we have to play,” said Bruins coach, Claude Julien, Thursday morning after the Bruins’ morning skate. “Now it’s a matter of going out there and executing that game plan. And again, we know that spending time in the box is not going to be our advantage. We don’t plan on doing that. But at the same time, you have your team built a certain way; you have to play the way your team is built.
“We’re a big, strong team that likes a physical game.”
The Canadiens won four of the six regular season meetings between the two clubs and the power play was a big factor. Also, they went 9-for-28 (32.1%) against the Bruins in those six games. That was significantly better than the 19.7% the Canadiens managed overall during the regular season which saw the club with the seventh-ranked power play in the league.
Almost half of the 20 goals the Canadiens scored against the Bruins this season came on the power play.
Brian Gionta, the injured Max Pacioretty and rookie defenceman P.K. Subban led the Habs with two power-plays goals each against the Bruins this season.
Special teams could wind up being a big factor when you consider the Bruins managed to score just three times on 24 attempts against the Habs.
Forward Mike Cammalleri, who led the Habs with 13 goals in 19 playoff games last spring, was more than ready to go.
He said the team has a quiet air of confidence after what it accomplished in the playoffs last spring, upsetting the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, but this is a new deal.
“There's a certain level of confidence, but just like everybody who is watching, you want to see what you're made of,” he said Thursday morning. “Last year was special. We started to create something. We learned how to win big games.”