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Will it be the Bruins’ or the Maple Leafs’ young guys rising to the occasion in the first round?

Ottawa Senators v Boston Bruins - Game Three
The Stanley Cup Playoffs- GAME ON!
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Game #1- tonight the Bruins host the Maple Leafs at TD Garden, 7:00 PM on NESN and NBCSN.

  • Mike Babcock is counting on disciline, managing the workload, and shutting down the Bruins’ top line. CBC
  • Or maybe the Leafs just need to irk a certain pest. The Score
  • This series will be fundamentally different than the first round matchup form 2013. Fox Sports
  • We all remember the ending to that series. Take a look back. (With video) Sporting News
  • Bruce Cassidy’s coaching style contrasts that of his opponent. WEEI
  • Don Sweeney’s Bruins have overachieved this season, bear this in mind if things don’t quite go as we hope. CBS Boston
  • Counterpoint: This will be the next Boston team to bring home a championship. Boston Herald
  • The Bruins captured Sweeney’s imagination back when he was able to adjust the rabbit ears to receive Channel 38. (Ask your grandparents what that means.) His initial moves as GM have sparked the Bruins’ recent turnaround. Boston Globe
  • Finally, the Bruins arrive in the playoffs without having ridden Tuukka Rask into the ground. Let’s see which narrative about him survives this series. WEEI
  • As many parents before them, the McAvoys sent their son off to college only to watch him thrive and embrace his new city. This certainly eased his transition to his new career. NHL
  • Speaking of the youngsters, their contributions will need to continue forward into the high-stakes postseason if their team is going to advance. Boston Globe
  • Here’s That Guy with observations and a sober prediction for the series, and prognostications for the Stanley Cup Final. South Coast Today
  • Counterpoint: If the Bruins can manage these few areas of their game, they should achieve success. Patriot Ledger
  • Raise a pint to the best performing Bruins for the buck over the years as assembled here on one roster in the cap hit era. The Hockey Writers

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Congratulations to the Las Vegas Golden Knights for winning their first ever playoff game against the Kings. Oh, and the Penguins are up one game over the Flyers. NHL
  • Looking for an NHL team to bandwagon? Sean McIndoe evaluates the pros and cons of each of your options. Sportsnet