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The Bruins and Maple Leafs will take center stage on NBC Saturday night in Boston for Game #5

Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Three
Jake DeBrusk, not shrinking in the spotlight
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The Maple Leafs host the Bruins tonight for Game #4 at 7:00 PM on NESN and NBCSN.

  • Got plans? After some scheduling uncertainty, the Bruins and Maple Leafs will take center stage on NBC Saturday night at 8:00 PM for Game #5 (and hopefully take all the marbles in the first round in front of hometown fans.) WEEI
  • The Bruins don’t even want to allow the Maple Leafs a toehold in this series. Patriot Ledger
  • Don’t bet against the Bruins, as they are the masters of the comeback. Metro
  • As nice as tallies by defensemen were in Game #3, one key for Boston tonight will be goals scored by the second, third, and fourth lines. There will be no try, only do. Bruins Daily
  • It is lucky seven for Patrice Bergeron, perennial Frank J. Selke Trophy finalist, as he is nominated to win yet another. CBS Boston
  • Patrice Bergeron and Mike Babcock go back a long way, and have a long history of wins together. This time, they face off on opposing teams. NHL
  • It looks like Matt Grzelcyk will be able to return to action tonight. His speed and talent at transitions would be helpful against the Leafs. Cross your fingers. Boston Herald
  • Jake DeBrusk’s speed, relentless forecheck, and successful board battles belie his youth and impress his teammates and coaches. NHL
  • Cam Neely was gracious to a repentant reporter whose initial take on this year’s Bruins has been proven wrong. Neely also explained why he has turned down radio appearances. Boston Globe
  • Don’t look back. Nope, as the series continues, the Maple Leafs won’t be thinking about history- not at all. National Post
  • So Mitch Marner is the next “Bruins killer.” Watch your back, Thomas Vanek, I guess? TSN
  • Picture a teenage Zdeno Chara in full grunge mode, listening to Nirvana. No, I can’t picture it either. NESN
  • Marc Savard is at it again! His cheerfully hypnotic, compulsive taping tutorials contine- this episode of Taping Twigs with Savvy involves a giveaway. (Video, 8:47) YouTube
  • Meanwhile, the Providence Bruins are strategizing ahead of their first round Calder Cup matchup against the Phantoms. (Video, 1:05) WPRI

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • With an eye on the statistics, have a look at the heros and zeros following last night’s Stanley Cup playoff action. The Sharks have swept the Ducks from the first round, and will face the Golden Knights. These teams are now all up three games to one over their opponenents: The Penguins shutout the Flyers 5-0, The Lightning beat the Devils 3-1, and the Predators topped the Avalanche 3-2. TSN
  • The Perds’ Ryan Hartman faces discipline for a (literally blind side) headshot on yeti Carl Soderberg. Feel shame. (With video) Sportsnet
  • The Sharks have moved on from roasting the Ducks on social media and now have a worthy opponent in Las Vegas- this should be a battle royale. BarDown
  • Sean McIndoe is taking on all the hard questions in an AMA right now. Reddit
  • Good news in an otherwise sad situation- the Humboldt Broncos’ Go Fund Me reached over $15 million, and has stopped taking donations. Sportsnet
  • It must have been a real struggle to dig for this angle on the Bruins/Maple Leafs matchup, but consider the source. Montreal Gazette