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The road to the Stanley Cup runs through Boston

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
We’re back at it tonight in Boston.
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The Bruins host the Blue Jackets at TD Garden tonight at 7:00PM on NBCSN.

  • Here’s the schedule for the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series between Boston and Columbus. Bonus- Bruins v. Maple Leafs handshake line. (With video) CBS Boston
  • The Bruins face a well-rested opponent. (With video) NHL
  • Uncharted territory- the Blue Jackets have never made it past the first round before. (With video) NHL
  • Get to know your opponents. Ladies and gentlemen, the Blue Jackets! Boston.com
  • This series will have an entirely different complexion than the last. Providence Journal
  • There will be the John Tortorella factor, of course. Patriot Ledger
  • Look for roster tweaks. Imagine being healthy enough to have some options! WEEI
  • Here’s the Bruins’ honey-do list for the next round against Columbus. One thing? Be sure to poke David Pastrnak awake. Bruins Daily
  • Tuukka Rask gave his team what they needed from him. HockeyBuzz (Maybe now the whispers will circle Frederik Andersen instead? HockeyBuzz)
  • As for the Maple Leafs, all the pieces had been so carefully put into place- what could possibly go wrong? Forbes
  • Meanwhile, the Providence Bruins were shut out by the Checkers last night, and face elimination on Friday in Charlotte. The AHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • That’s it for Round #1- here’s the Capitals v. Dumb Jerks handshake line and Brock McGinn’s double OT game winning goal. (Video, 2:17) YouTube McGinn also saved the Hurricanes’ bacon in the final minute of regulation. (Video, 0:17) Streamable, via Reddit
  • Take everything you learned during the NHL regular season and simply throw it out the window. FiveThirtyEight
  • Look back at the history behind the 1980 battle over which NHL team should be allowed to don the black and gold. The Hockey Writers
  • See which first round losers were guilty of which unpardonable mortal sins. Deadspin
  • Canada breathes a sigh of relief- the charade is finally over. NO, REALLY! The Beaverton