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With five days between the Bruins final game with Detroit and their first game against Montreal fans and players have had time to prepare and talk up the rivalry that these two original six teams share.
"The battles that we've had with them over the last couple of years has definitely made you hate them. I think this being the first time meeting them outside the first round, I think it's definitely going to go up another level,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said.
Like Detroit, the Canadiens beat the Bruins three out of four times in the regular season, but coach Claude Julien said that doesn’t matter in the playoffs.
"We lost to Detroit three out of four games. To me it didn't really matter once the playoffs started. I think it's the same thing again, you start from scratch,” he said.
What does matter for the Bruins is keeping their emotions in check against a team that is known for getting under their skin.
"You don't want to do anything where you're putting your team down a man in key situations, but also, you want to stand up for yourself and your teammates at the right moments," Lucic said.
No one knows more about the emotion that this matchup brings than Bruins forward Brad Marchand who has had some tough battles with Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.
"He's one of the top defensemen in the league, and he plays an all-around game, he plays very physical and he really good with the puck. We can't get sucked in to his game, he gets guys off their game we can't allow ourselves to get sucked in like that,” Marchand said.
But once the cheap shots and trash talk starts flying, keeping the emotions in check could be easier said than done.
The series starts Thursday night at T.D. Garden on Boston.