ROUND 1, GAME 1: Bruins (0-0) vs Maple Leafs (0-0)
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs TOR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (19-10-5, 2.00 GAA, .929 Save %) vs. Reimer (19-8-5, 2.46 GAA, .924 Save %). Rask is 8-1-0 with a 1.46 GAA and .949 Save % with one shutout in 11 career games against Toronto. In 13 career playoffs games, Rask has a 7-6 record with a 2.61 GAA. Reimer is 4-4-1 with a 2.75 GAA and .917 Save % in nine career games against Boston. This will be Reimer’s first career postseason game.
TONIGHT'S 'BOSTON STRONG' FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: Todd Brown (Boston Police Bomb Technician), Sean Tierney (Cambridge Police Bomb Technician) Eric Gahagan (Mass. State Police Bomb Technician) and Ariane Thibodeau (Transit Police Bomb Technician) will be starting tonight's pregame ceremonies as the honorary Fan Banner Captains. The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni.
REGULAR SEASON ROUNDUP: The Bruins finished the second straight regular season with the league’s top faceoff percentage at 56.4%, led by Patrice Bergeron who led all NHL players with a 62.1% win rate…Boston had three players in the top eight of the plus/minus category with Bergeron’s +24 (6th NHL), Tyler Seguin’s +23 (T-7th NHL) and Brad Marchand’s +23 (T-7th NHL). Dennis Seidenberg ranked third among NHL defenseman in plus/minus rating with a +18…Tuukka Rask finished the regular season among league leaders in goals against (T-4th at 2.00), save percentage (3rd at .929) and shutouts (T-1st at 5).
BRUINS VS LEAFS POSTSEASON LIFETIME: The Bruins and Leafs will meet for the 14th time in postseason history with Toronto holding an 8-5 record in the previous 13 series. The last time Boston and Toronto met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1974, when the Bruins swept the Leafs in four games. The Bruins and Leafs have played 62 postseason games, with Toronto holding a 31-30-1 record and Boston having a 153-150 scoring edge.
PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: The Bruins come into tonight’s game with all but four players having playoff experience under their belt, combining for 1,273 postseason games and 22 Championship rings. Five of those B’s players enter the postseason with 100+ games logged in the playoffs (Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Jaromir Jagr, Jay Pandolfo and Wade Redden). The Toronto Maple Leafs will enter tonight with 15 players who have not appeared in a postseason game. The 10 Leafs roster players that have appeared in postseason games have combined for 206 games.
CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASONS: The Bruins are playing in their sixth straight postseason, which is their longest stretch since their NHL-record span of 29 consecutive years from 1968-1996. The B’s have qualified for the playoffs for the 66th time in their 88 years in which there has been a postseason.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Jaromir Jagr is currently one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoff goals list with 79 and is one point short of tying Brett Hull for sixth place on the all-time playoff points list at 190…Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg, Aaron Johnson and Anton Khudobin are the only four players on the Bruins roster to have not played in an NHL playoff game.
153 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 153 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following Thursday’s game. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
TORONTO NOTEBOOK: Toronto finished second in the NHL on the penalty kill going 138-for-157 (87.9%), including a stretch over the last 36 games where they went 112-for-122 (91.8%) from Feb. 7 to April 27… Phil Kessel finished in the top 10 goal scorers for the second consecutive season with 20 (T-8th NHL) goals in 48 games…Toronto goaltender James Reimer set a franchise record for save percentage in a single season (.924, 7th NHL) and finished fourth in sixth in the league with four shutouts…Colton Orr lead the NHL in penalty minutes this season registering 155 PIM in 44 games. Frazer McLaren finished eighth in NHL PIM, spending 102 minutes in the penalty box.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 18-for-122 (14.8%, T-25th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 142-for-163 (87.1%, 4th NHL)… Leafs power play: 31-for-166 (18.7%, 14th NHL), Leafs penalty kill: 138-for-157 (87.9%, 2nd NHL).
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