Fly on the Wall - Oct. 15, 2008
Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who coached the Habs from 2002 to 2006, was happy to be leaving the Bell Centre with at least a precious point in the standings.
“They get two points, but we still get one. Down three goals against a good team in their own building, we’ll take the point.”
Julien was even more pleased to have taken part in the Canadiens’ opening night pre-game festivities, launching the 100th season in franchise history. The meaning of the ceremony, honoring a dozen Habs Hall of Fame members, was hardly lost on the former Canadiens bench boss.
“It wasn’t difficult at all to experience the ceremony. On the contrary; it was an honor for us to be here. It’s their 100th season. To be a part of it and to experience and live the ceremony and this evening is truly an honor.”
Ottawa native Marc Savard may not have ever played for the Canadiens over the course of his 12-year NHL career to date but he was still excited to be a part of the Habs’ home opener.
“It’s really special. I grew up just down the road in Ottawa and my dad was a huge Habs fan. It was a great ceremony and it was special to have been a part of it.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com
The numbers game: Oct. 15, 2008