Koivu

Koivu

Have you heard? The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are going to meet in the playoffs again. And the Habs have the historic edge.

Gosh, is there anything less relevant right now than the playoff series of the past? But Saku Koivu has been part of a few of the 31 previous series between these clubs. And he told Pat Hickey of The Gazette that he’s looking forward to another chapter in the rivalry.

“It’s a great atmosphere in both buildings,” he said. “Every time I’ve played against that team, it’s been a physical series. It’s a lot of fun. They have a great team, a lot of depth. There’s a reason why they’re on top in the East right now. It’s a great challenge for us.”

MK: Like I said, it’s time to stop focusing on the past (ala Mark McGwire) and focus on the present. The Bruins had the best record in the East for a reason and if they don’t take out the Habs in a short series it’ll be a major disappointment. And it won’t have anything to do with what happened in the 60s, 70s, 80s or even 90s.

Here’s one last look around the division. Tomorrow I start playoff links:

•Also in The Gazette, Dave Stubbs gives us a review of the Habs’ regular season, while Hall-of-Fame columnist Red Fisher writes about the fresh start the playoffs provide.

•The numbers just didn’t add up for Ottawa this season.

•Toronto general manager Brian Burke is still in pursuit of Matt Gilroy and Jonas Gustavsson.

•Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff will serve in the same capacity for Team Canada at the World Championship.