The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs were confirmed as a first-round matchup long ago. But now, we officially have the details of the schedule, as the series gets underway on Thursday.
The first two games on Thursday and Saturday will be at the TD Garden. The Bruins clinched home-ice advantage following their 6-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier last week.
Here's a look at the full schedule:
Game 1: Thursday, April 11 -- Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 1
Game 2: Saturday, April 13 -- Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1
Game 3: Monday, April 15 -- Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2
Game 4: Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. @ Toronto
Game 5: Friday, April 19, 7 p.m. ET @ Boston
Game 6: Sunday, April 21, TBA @ Toronto (if necessary)
Game 7: Tuesday, April 23, TBA @ Boston (if necessary)
Games 1, 3, and 4 of the series will be aired on NBCSN while Game 2 will be on NBC. And all Stanley Cup Playoff games can be seen on the NBC Sports App.
This is the second consecutive year in which the Bruins have taken on the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. Last year, the series went seven games with the Bruins ultimately coming out on top at the end. Here's a recap of exactly how that series went down.
In this year's season series, the Bruins went 3-1 against the Maple Leafs and outscored them 16-10. Jaroslav Halak started three games, posting a 2-1 record, while Tuukka Rask won his only appearance in the season series, posting 30 saves and allowing just two goals.
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