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The Eastern Conference Semi-Final series opens tomorrow night in Boston.

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The second round schedule has been announced. Got Bruins hockey?
The second round schedule has been announced. Got Bruins hockey?
Jared Wickerham

The Bruins will host the Canadiens in the opening game of their second round playoff series on Thursday at TD Garden, 7:30pm.

  • TBA... Why on earth was it so hard to nail down a schedule for the Bruins / Canadiens series? [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Everyone is itching to begin the series, although the players value the rest they'll get. This writer had a mode$t propo$al to help move things ahead. [BostonHerald]
  • The key for the Bruins is to manage their ire. You see, for the Habs, it's like trying to pick up another guy's date in a bar... [TheBostonGlobe]
  • "C" change- Dougie Hamilton is now demonstrating what the Bruins have been looking for from him in the playoffs. [TheGlobeAndMail]
  • And there is history. The Habs are built to benefit from successful agitation. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • Zdeno Chara hit all the high points in this concise interview- the Habs rivalry, Max Pacioretty, Malcolm Subban 's brother,  the Norris Trophy, and the 2013 Stanley Cup finals. [EdmontonSun]
  • The Paillecan returns! Daniel Paille will be able to play in the series, other injury updates, and words of praise for Dougie Hamilton. [ProvidenceJournal]
  • Dennis Seidenberg has worked hard and made significant progress in four months, which buoys the entire team. [ESPN]
  • All that's left (well, except for the actual games) is the prediction of the series outcome. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Once again, Brendan Gallagher will be setting aside his friendship with off-season training buddy Milan Lucic. [BostonHerald]
  • Alexei Emelin, on the other hand, will have no such problem. [NHL]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • I wonder which team Don Cherry favors in the series? [Boston.com]
  • In which the Flyers chose NOT to go quietly, Wayne Simmonds scores a hat trick, Henrik Lundqvist is pulled, and a game seven showdown against the Rangers is forced. [BroadStreetHockey]
  • The Dallas Stars are leaving the decision on Rich Peverley 's future to him and to his doctors. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Peverley was the final recipient of the Dallas Stars cowboy hat. [@CerdaAlex]
  • Retired Ranger Edgar Laprade has passed away, a Lady Byng winner noted for his gentlemanly play and skill, he also recently enjoyed watching women's Olympic ice hockey. [TheNewYorkTimes]
  • The Mark Messier Leadership Award finalists are Jonathan Toews, Dustin Brown, and Ryan Getzlaf. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • With three game sevens tonight, what are the best viewing options? The pros and cons of possible viewing venues. [StarTribune]
  • Check out the Twitter [@Ferknuckle] of Andrew Ference, who has been on the road, starting the [November Project in London] and swapping jerseys with Arsenal Football Club player and Czech national team captain Tomas Rosicky [Arsenal,Flickr] as reported by [PuckDaddy].
  • Referee Steve Kozari is one tough cookie, now he looks the part as well, days after taking a Dougie Hamilton shot to the face. [YardBarker]
  • Mike Babcock was put in his place by Mrs. Babcock after his comments on Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall being expected to be on ice despite family obligations. [YardBarker]