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The Bruins will play Washington in the first round, Game 1 is Saturday night

This should be fun.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

While there’s still another game to be played, it won’t mean anything: the Bruins will play the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2021 NHL playoffs.

The B’s are locked into the third spot in the East after tonight’s OT win: the Islanders have no games left, and the Bruins can’t overtake the Capitals due to the Caps’ lead in the regulation wins tie-breaker.

Shortly after tonight’s game ended, the NHL announced that the B’s and Caps will kick things off on Saturday night at 7:15 in DC.

Expect the rest of the schedule to be announced mid-week.

This should be fun!

Tom Wilson! Alex Ovechkin! Oh yeah, Zdeno Chara. The takes will be spicy in this series, regardless of how it ends.

The good thing about this situation is that the Bruins now find themselves with absolutely nothing to play for in Tuesday night’s game against Washington.

While you could consider it a playoff tune-up, the Bruins would be better off resting as many players as possible; sure, you want to win every game for pride’s sake, but you’ve got a whole bunch more to lose than you have to gain in a game like this.

The Bruins and Capitals haven’t faced each other in a playoff series since 2012, when the Capitals won the series in seven games.

Let’s do it!