Invading Montreal

It’s safe to say the Montreal Canadiens will be jacked up tonight when they host the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre. Not only will the Bruins’ archrivals be looking to put on a show on Patrick Roy Night, but they’ll also be looking for revenge after the 6-1 spanking they took from Boston at the Garden Nov. 13. The Bruins, however, are the hotter team, with wins in eight of their last nine games.

Player to Watch: Obviously, if he gets the start, goaltender Carey Price will try to be at his peak with possibly the NHL’s greatest goaltender ever in the house for his number retirement ceremony. Price was 5-0 in the regular season against the Bruins as a rookie last year. But then the Bruins solved him in the postseason and this year, obviously got to him during their one win over Montreal. Price on the season is 9-4-1 with a 2.51 goals-against average.

What they’re writing: The Gazette’s Pat Hickey reports on what will now be an extended absence by Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek.

Quotable: Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward has been front and center during the renewal of one of hockey’s hottest rivalries. He’s ready for an emotional night that will test the Bruins’ resolve.

“We’re going to be faced with adversity,” Ward said after the Bruins’ win over Florida Friday. “When you’re retiring a jersey, I think that process will take over an hour. So the onus is on the older guys to hopefully … keep the guys focused. Because an hour is a long time to wait, and we talked about what happened at the start of the year with the (season-opening) game in Colorado. It was a long time to wait so we’ve got to learn from our mistakes in the past and really prepare for this game.”

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