BROSSARD, Que. - The Montreal Canadiens were surprised to learn that their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins will start on Thursday night. They were expecting it to start on Friday, and the earlier date made for a busy day of preparations. The special teams unit was on the ice a half-hour early while the main practice went a full hour on Wednesday. "We werent really planning on playing a game (on Thursday), but it all works out better that way," said forward Max Pacioretty. "We were trying to cram in a bit of system stuff as well, so it was a good practice. "We found out (Tuesday) night. I like it better that way. Theres a little less time to think. Were jumping right back into the action. I think thats when I play my best hockey, when Im not thinking." The Canadiens have been idle since completing a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 22. The Bruins finished off the Detroit Red Wings in five games on Saturday. Although the NHL had not released a schedule, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin mentioned a Friday start in a television interview this week. The opener was moved up reportedly because Northeastern University has graduation ceremonies at the TD Garden on Friday morning. Game 2 is expected to be played Saturday at 12:30 pm ET, although that has not been confirmed. Pacioretty likes that, too. "I like playing afternoon games," he said. "No meetings in the morning. Not thinking too much about the game. Just going out and playing." The Canadiens will have had eight days off between games. To break the monotony, they held a simulated game day on Monday, with a morning skate followed by an intra-squad game at night. Then they took Tuesday off. "Im about ready to stop practising and start playing," said goalie Carey Price. Matt McGloin Raiders Jersey . -- The Phoenix Coyotes will go by a different name next season. Matt McGloin Jersey . -- Kevin Durant insists he and Russell Westbrook arent turning their first-round series into a two-man show, even if the NBA scoring champ says they may be shooting too much. jerseytheraiderspro.com/Authentic_Mario_Edwards_Jr_Raiders_Jersey/. "I never got into detail about hitting the walk-off home run. Just incredible," Spangenberg said after getting another big league milestone out of the way. Khalil Mack Raiders Jersey .J. Brennan thinks the Marlies are their own worst enemies. Andre Holmes Jersey . The World Series champions failed each of the four times it had runners in scoring position, eking out just two hits while facing No.Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chattanooga at New Hampshire quarterfinal will have a prime time spotlight when the FCS playoffs resume Friday night. The matchup between eighth-seeded Chattanooga (10-3) and top-seeded New Hampshire (11-1) will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. New Hampshire entered the playoffs as the top-ranked team in The Sports Network FCS Top 25. The other three quarterffinals will be played Saturday, beginning with seventh- seeded Coastal Carolina (12-1) at second-seeded North Dakota State (12-1) at noon ET on ESPN.dddddddddddd. That game will be followed by unseeded Sam Houston State (10-4) at sixth-seeded Villanova (11-2) at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3 and fifth-seeded Illinois State (11-1) at fourth-seeded Eastern Washington (11-2) at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN3. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '