Success in pro sports is all about taking it one game at a time — sometimes even one shift at a time — and Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien is always quick to remind everyone about that.

Whether it’s line combinations, goaltending decisions or match-ups with opponents, he always tries to not look too far ahead. But after his club fell to the San Jose Sharks last night, 5-2, in a battle of the top two teams in the NHL at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Julien actually tipped his hand a little bit and let his mind wander a few months away.

He was  just asked if the Sharks were the best team Boston faced this season. He answered in the affirmative, and then some.

“They’re the best team we’ve played so far this year and it would be nice to get another shot at them and hopefully with both teams being healthy. Hopefully we can work our way there. But that’s a long ways away and there’s a lot of things to be done before we can even think about that.”

Ah, dreams of a Stanley Cup final involving the Bruins. And seven games like the one played last night. That’s worth breaking from the old one-game-at-a-time formula, even if just for a couple minutes.