After a somewhat calm first round against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Montreal Canadiens are gearing up for what is expected to be an intense second round matchup against the Original Six rival Boston Bruins.
The Habs have won three of the four meetings against the Bruins this season but that doesn't mean much for the Habs.
"They have so much playoff experience," said Canadiens forward Daniel Briere. "The Bruins have been to the Stanley Cup Finals twice in the past three years; winning once and losing to the Chicago Blackhawks last season. They are a team that knows what it takes to win. "
Emotions are expected to play a key role in this series and the team that does a better job keeping them in check could possibly be the one that comes out on top.
"Coming into this series, I'm sure that is something we are going to talk a lot about," Briere added. "We need to be good at controlling our emotions and I expect the Bruins to do the same."
The Canadiens have been able to get under the Bruins' skin this season and forced them to play their style of game, but what has worked in the regular season doesn't automatically mean it will have the same result in the postseason.
"The playoffs are a completely different game; we know we have a great challenge ahead of us. We're going to have to fight for everything," Josh Gorges told the media on Sunday.
Now that the Canadiens know who they'll be facing in the second round, Michel Therrien has made a slight change to his line up at practice, opting to put the now healthy Travis Moen on the fourth line and replacing rookie Michael Bournival; a move to bring in more veteran presence against a very experienced Bruins team.