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Let's Drop the Puck

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 11:49 AM
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
1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 73 21 31 2 52
L. Eriksson 73 19 23 0 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
M. Lucic 73 15 25 10 40
B. Marchand 69 22 17 6 39
C. Soderberg 74 11 27 8 38
R. Smith 73 12 25 8 37
T. Krug 70 12 23 12 35
D. Krejci 39 7 21 7 28
C. Kelly 72 7 20 8 27
 
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N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .919 2.30
T. Rask 29 19 12 .921 2.34
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