Both the Bruins and the Canadiens have said they will not be seeking retribution from a regular season series littered with chaos, but the NHL will be keeping a close eye on the playoff matchup as it kicks off on Thursday night.
The B's are definitely looking forward to playing their heated rivals in the first round, as their roster boasts an interesting mix of playoff first-timers and postseason veterans. The core members of the team have seen the Canadiens several times in the playoffs, and know what to expect when the puck drops.
"I've been in this situation before, I know what to expect tomorrow when I step onto the ice," David Krejci told reporters on Wednesday. " I know what the fans are going to be like, and the same thing in Montreal."
For a few newcomers, however, this is their first trip to the playoffs, and they've been looking forward to the postseason trip for a few weeks now.
"Obviously I'm excited and I'm nervous," Nathan Horton said. "I can't wait to get started … Every player wants to play in the playoffs, so I'm definitely looking forward to it."
Though the playoffs are all about intensity, the NHL is supposedly keeping a watchful eye on the Bruins and Canadiens matchup. Montreal Gazette columnist Pat Hickey called in to NESN Daily on Wednesday and mentioned that the league contacted both the Montreal and Boston organizations to let them know they'll be watching this series pretty closely.
To hear more from the Bruins, and to see Lyndon Byers' latest wardrobe selection, check out the video above from NESN Daily.