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The Bruins have first round home ice advantage against the Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Playoff

NHL: Eastern Conference Qualifications-Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals
This may be the REAL MVP
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The Stanley Cup Playoff begins in the Toronto bubble for the Bruins as they “host” the Hurricanes in Game #1 of the first round. Tune in tonight on NESN or NBCSN at 8:00PM.

  • Just the facts, ma’am- the matchup in a nutshell, and a bold prediction. Last Word on Hockey
  • Dominic Tiano offers his observations of the Bruins in the Round Robin. He has developed concerns regarding Zdeno Chara and Brandon Carlo. Scouting Post
  • Don’t expect a mirror of the last series against the Hurricanes. Providence Journal
  • We’ll be holding you to that offhand dismissal of the importance of the the Round Robin games, Bruins. WEEI
  • In that assessment, at least the Bruins were consistent. They’d better hope they’re also correct, as DJ Bean explains. NBCSports
  • Here we go! We hope this playoff run is not like so many recent Cup efforts. Bonus- which player will step up to become “Mr. Bubble”? Boston Herald
  • It us put up or shut up time. Forbes
  • Three items need to be on the Bruins’ honeydo list for them to best the ‘Canes. Bruins Daily
  • Boston seems willing, will they be able? Boston Herald
  • Rod Brind’Amouour was kind in repeatedly pumping Boston’s tires. Bonus- We may have the pleasure of Dougie Hamilton ’s company. MassLive
  • Help Wanted- the Bruins are hoping the fans will submit signs to be broadcast during the game. @BruinsNHL

Bubbling up elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: The Providence Bruins will remember Colby Cave with a memorial award. Providence Bruins
  • Here is the first round schedule. NHL
  • Watch as one key storyline unfolds for each team in this round. The Score
  • The Rangers will have first dibs at the NHL Draft. The Hockey News
  • The Maple Leafs came ohsoclose to lottery success only to have victory snatched from them. For the Win
  • Offering the comfort of familiarity during these tough times, the Maple Leafs have you covid covered! NO, REALLY! The Beaverton