History means nothing in Bruins-Leafs series
Claude Julien was disappointed as he sat at the podium following the Bruins' 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, but he had a clear message.
He said the team needs to turn the page as it begins the playoffs tonight against Toronto.
"All I know is that we're starting a new season," the coach said.
And the rest of his team relayed that sentiment. The Maple Leafs come to the Garden this week having lost three of four games during the regular-season series, but the Bruins are throwing the positives - and negatives - out the window as the playoffs begin.
"Yeah, we did (have success against Toronto), but it doesn't matter in the end," defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. "Again, the playoffs are a new chapter. . . . And everybody starts from zero. We're going to have to take it as serious as ever and play our best hockey."
Starting over is important for the B's and Leafs, who both stumbled into the playoffs. The Bruins were 2-3-1 in their final six games, while Toronto was 2-4-0.
As for the season series, all four games were tight. Two of the three Bruins wins were by one goal, and in the other - a 4-2 decision March 7 - the Leafs got a goal from Jay McClement early in the third period to make it 3-2 before Tyler Seguin answered with an insurance tally.
After failing to capture the Northeast Division and No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, David Krejci thinks it's important for the Bruins to regroup and start this best-of-seven series strong.
"We've just got to turn the page. It's basically a new season," Krejci said. "Everybody starts off 0-0, so we've just got to get ready, don't think about it. We beat them three times out of four this season, and we've just got to go out there. We know they're going to be playing their best, so we've got to get ready and the first games are really important."
Last spring, the Bruins fell in seven games to the Washington Capitals in the East quarterfinals. The B's went into that series having lost three of four to the Caps in the regular season. During their Stanley Cup run in 2011, the Bruins entered the first round against Montreal having lost four of six in the regular-season series. They beat the Habs in seven.
Zdeno Chara expects a tough series against Toronto, regardless of the history.
"They've been playing good hockey throughout the whole season," the captain said. "It's not going to be easy, so it's going to be a good series."