MONTREAL -- The Bruins will put their eight-game winning streak on the line Monday at the Bell Centre, the building where they were handed their last loss, a 4-2 defeat to their archrivals, the Montreal Canadiens. That was the second half of a home-and-home sweep by the Habs, leaving the Bruins in last place and wondering when their early-season funk would end.
Now they return to Montreal a point ahead of the Canadiens, third in the Northeast Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference. They have a chance to climb even higher up the ladders with Northeast Division tilts against the Habs on Monday and Sabres on Wednesday.
“We’re pretty confident,” alternate captain Patrice Bergeron told the Boston Globe following his team’s latest win, a 6-0 rout of the Islanders on Saturday night. “[Saturday] was a perfect example of when we play our systems, play our game, and have a good transition, good things are going to happen. We have to keep that going. The next two games are huge games. We’ve got to worry about Montreal first.”
As far as coach Claude Julien is concerned, his team doesn't need to worry if it plays the way it did Saturday and for the majority of the win streak.
“We were moving it extremely well with great outlets,’’ Julien told reporters after the win on Long Island. “We were skating well and taking pucks to the net. On that first goal, Tyler [Seguin] made a great play using his outside speed. [Bergeron] went to the net hard. [Nathan] Horton and [Chris] Kelly scored some big goals for us. I thought we were really on top of our game.’’
But Julien knows the Bruins need to approach these games with a sense of urgency, which may be easier said than done.
“Somehow we’ve got to keep it going,’’ Julien said. “It doesn’t matter how many games we’ve won so far. We’re still hanging onto that last playoff spot or slipping out. We’ve got to get ourselves in better position than that.’’