Julien unpleasantly surprised by Thursday's series start

Julien unpleasantly surprised by Thursday's series start
April 30, 2014, 2:00 pm
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BOSTON – Claude Julien didn’t sound tremendously excited that the Bruins’ second round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens was going to get started on Thursday night at TD Garden. The Bruins took off-days on Sunday and Monday after finishing off the Detroit Red Wings in five games last weekend, and have skated the last two days leading up to the Original Six rivalry showdown.

But the B’s bench boss admitted the Bruins were planning for a Friday or Saturday start to the playoff series with Northeastern University scheduled for Friday morning at TD Garden, and the thinking being that the TD Garden bull gang wouldn’t be able change over from playoff hockey sheet to graduating staging.

“We had to make some adjustments. Obviously at first, it looked more like a Friday, maybe Saturday. There was a lot of that talk,” said Claude Julien. “But there was never any talk of Thursday. So you plan accordingly and then you find out last night that you got to kind of move a little quicker than expected. That’s part of making adjustments as you go along.”

The situation is clearly the same for both hockey teams, who should be well-rested for Thursday afternoon after knocking out their respective opponents early in the first round.

Julien didn’t exactly sound pleased about the situation, however.  

The Tuesday night announcement from the NHL about Thursday night’s start time for Game 1 didn’t really give a lot of advance notice to the Bruins, the Canadiens or the fans planning to attend Game 1. Regardless of the circumstances leading up to it, the Bruins and the Habs will make the necessary alterations and be ready to resume their heated, hated rivalry on Thursday night.