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There is a lot of history to cover in this Eastern Conference Finals series, and the few days off that the Bruins and Penguins have earned offer time to review it.

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<b><p> The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins prepare for Saturday night. </b></p>

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<li> Pittsburgh local boy Matt Bartkowski has enjoyed some media attention of late... [<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/penguins/bruins-bartkowski-wont-be-hometown-hero-689501/">PittsburghPostGazette</a>]</li>

<li> And veteran Jaromir Jagr likewise will celebrate a return to his roots, and a chance to come to the right side of the Bruins/Penguins conflict. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/05/28/bruins-hope-jaromir-jagr-sparked-return-engagement-pittsburgh/E2UFxV1g9PH19QSCwmR7GL/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Long ago, Jagr did not think kindly about the prospect of playing for the Bruins. [<a href="https://twitter.com/DJ_Bean/status/339444487845720064">@DJ_Bean</a>]</li>

<li> There is another story on the side, Patrice Bergeron will doubtless be matched with Sidney Crosby. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/sidney_crosby_patrice_bergeron_welcome_chance_to_battle_game">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins may recall the Penguins for games that resulted in injuries to Cam Neely and Marc Savard. [<a href="http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/jarring-injuries-marked-previous-bruins-penguins-series/#more-49844">Slapshot</a>]</li>

<li> Solving Tomas Vokoun. [<a href="http://www.masslive.com/bruins/index.ssf/2013/05/boston_bruins_needs_to_break_pittsburgh_penguins_goalie_tomas_vokoun.html">MassLive</a>]</li>

<li> Even if the Pens have better individual players, the Bruins field a better team. [<a href="http://causewaycrowd.com/2013/05/28/boston-bruins-meet-pittsburgh-penguins-in-the-ec-finals-on-saturday/?utm_source=FanSided&utm_medium=Network&utm_campaign=Hot%2BTopics">CausewayCrowd</a>]<li>

<li> This will likely be a nastier series than the Bruins have seen in the playoffs so far. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/buckley_plenty_of_bruins_pens_history">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins/Penguins series schedule has been announced. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/2013/05/bruins_penguins_schedule_set">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Daniel "Paillecan" Paille and Penguin Matt Niskanen both merited mention in this "Foxy Friday" blog post. [<a href="http://www.whatsupyasieve.com/2013/05/17/foxy-friday-one-for-everyone/">WhatsUpYaSieve</a>]</li>

<li> Up or down? Check which Bruins merit a Playoffs Stock Watch. [<a href="http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/63366/nhl-playoffs-stock-watch">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> Did the Bruins/Leafs Game 7 set a new benchmark? [<a href="https://twitter.com/WeberKing/status/339209002787422208">@WeberKing</a>]</li>

<li> Here's a link to the online petition to have Ray Charles (the blind puppy) perform a puck drop. [<a href="http://nesn.com/2013/05/fans-petition-for-blind-golden-retriever-puppy-named-ray-charles-to-drop-puck-at-bruins-playoff-game-photo/">NESN</a>]</li>

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