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Let's Drop the Puck

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 11:49 AM ET
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog
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BOSTON, MA
- Gameday is finaaaally here at TD Garden. Boston versus Detroit - an Original Six rivalry renewed, with both teams facing off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1957.

As the Boston faithful awoke on Friday morning, it marked the start of a new journey, knowing that along the way, there would be ups and downs, oohs and ahhs, celebrations and head shakes - all in the name of heart-racing and bone-chilling playoff hockey.

And it all starts when the puck drops on Game 1, tonight at the Garden.

As always, there are many storylines heading into this one - the history and tradition of the franchises; Detroit's speed game countered against Boston's in-your-face, hard-nosed brand of hockey; a brotherly rivalry put on hold; a Wings' team that cannot be underestimated going up against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Bruins; the list goes on.

You can get caught up on all of those storylines here:

Game 1 Preview: Boston Up to the Challenge

Bruins' Eyes on the Prize, But Not Looking Past Detroit

Smith Brothers Put Brotherly Rivalry On Hold

Torey Krug Eager to Face Hometown Team

Bruins' Young Blueline Ready to Bring It

Five Questions: Iginla Set to Chase Elusive Cup

For Bergeron, One Goal Has Always Transcended Thirty

Chiarelli: "It's All About Experience"

Now, after you've read every game and series preview, transported yourselves into the minds' of the Bruins, and focused all of your energy on weighing the odds of who may have the ultimate edge in this series, you can toss all of that aside.

Because starting tonight, the second season - what many deem as the "real season" - begins, and anything, I mean anything, can happen.

"Regular season success is in the past now," Denis Leary narrated as the final regular season episode of Behind the B came to a close. "It's playoff time."

"Sixteen wins are needed to claim hockey's Ultimate Goal. May the best team win."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
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L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
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