It will seem like old times tonight at the Garden, when the Bruins and Canadiens clash in what so far will be the game of the year for both ancient rivals.

The Bruins’ 3-2 win over Tampa Bay yesterday, followed by Montreal’s 7-6 overtime loss to Pittsburgh last night, placed the Original Six pair even atop the Northeast Division with 30 points. The B’s have won six straight, while Montreal is now 7-0-3 in its previous 10 games.

“It’s going to be a big game,” said Milan Lucic. “It’s going to be a battle for first place in the division and they’re (7-0-3) and that’s the streak they’ve got going on as well, so it’s going to be a hard-fought game. I know the fans are definitely excited for this one coming up, so we’re looking forward to the challenge. Fortunately for us we’ve got the rest of the day to unwind and get a good meal in and get ready for (tonight).”

As you might expect, coach Claude Julien didn’t want to talk too much about the matchup with the Habs until a win was secured yesterday. But he sounded as excited as any player.

“There’s going to be a really good game, there’s no doubt about it,” Julien said. “They’re playing real well. You watch them, they’re moving the puck well, they’re scoring goals, offensively they’re good, the goaltender is playing well, so they’ve got a lot of the same things that are going for them right now that we do. So it’s going to be a real good game.