After a week of waiting, the Canadiens finally found out last night when the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs would begin.
"It felt more like we had a goal today, the last three practices we were just kind of sitting there waiting,” Carey Price said. “It's nice to finally have a target date"
When the Canadiens start the second round on Thursday, the team will have gone nine days between games. With the exception of the Olympic hiatus, it will be their longest break of the season.
"I think we've been off for long enough,” Brendan Gallagher told the media after practice Wednesday morning. “Our bodies are healed, we're more than ready to go and I'm sure the Bruins feel the same way. The earlier we start the better"
Over the past few days members of the Boston Bruins organization discussed the longstanding rivalry between the two teams and cities.
"I hated Boston when I was in Montreal, and now I hate Montreal because I'm in Boston." Claude Julien said.
Julien spent six seasons with the Canadiens organization, three years as the head coach of their farm team the Hamilton Bulldogs, and three as head coach of the Habs.
Unlike Julien, Michel Therrien wouldn't go as far as saying he “hated” his Bruins rivals.
Julien and Therrien have a long history of coaching against each other dating back to their days in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
"It's not about coaches, it's about two teams with a historic rivalry and their players," Therrien said prior to leaving for Boston.