The Bruins vs. Canadiens series is set to start on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The NHL confirmed RDS reports late Tuesday afternoon – en Francais, of course – that Game 1 would take place on Thursday night, and that Game 2 between the Bruins and Canadiens will be a 12:30 p.m. game on Saturday afternoon prior to the Kentucky Derby. The Thursday night game is a little surprising given the difficult turnaround schedule for the TD Garden bull gang to go from a playoff hockey venue to staging for the Friday morning Northeastern University graduation in less than 12 hours.
The games in Montreal the following week seem to be pretty much set in stone for Tuesday and Thursday given the concerts set at the Bell Centre on both Monday and Wednesday evenings.
That would set up a possible Game 5 on Saturday night at TD Garden that might finally satiate the Hockey Night in Canada needs, but it’s a little eyebrow-raising that CBC hasn’t received any Saturday night prime time games to this point for Canada’s only team in the playoffs.
Claude Julien hadn’t been informed of the second round schedule by Tuesday morning, but was planning ahead with a rough idea of when the series would get going.
“[The uncertainty] isn’t that bad actually. We know it will start soon after the game 7’s are done, so we anticipate somewhere beginning of the weekend, or the weekend,” said Julien. “That is our anticipation so we’re preparing, more or less, for around those times.”