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Black & Gold Chomping at the Bit

Saturday, 04.7.2012 / 11:27 PM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Black & Gold Chomping at the Bit
BOSTON, MA -- When the Florida Panthers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 the hockey tumblers clicked and produced a first round opponent for the Boston Bruins - the Washington Capitals.

However, even without knowing who they'd face first in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs the B's were chomping at the bit.

"I think this is definitely what everyone has been waiting for, to get back to," said Milan Lucic. "Really looking forward to it.

"Obviously [back-to-back Cup wins] hasn't been done in a while, but we’re not looking at the big picture here right now.

"There’s no better time to play hockey than this time of year. As you can tell by my smile, I’m excited for it," he said.

Nearby in the locker room, Brad Marchand was pleased that the B's had entered the postseason by ending their regular season with a win.

"We wanted to finish on a good note," said the forward. "We had a tough start, digging out by a couple goals, but we showed the character that we need going into the playoffs.

"We battled back, and that’s what you have to do if you want to win games. We’re proud of what we accomplished tonight."

But there is work to do.

"I’ll find out tomorrow and it doesn’t really matter who we play," added Marchand. "We’ve got to worry about what we have to do, to get our rest and be prepared for whatever team we’re going to be facing."

Patrice Bergeron, whose shootout goal gave the B's a win in Game 82, was excited as well.

"It’s a great challenge, and it’s a tough challenge," said Bergeron of the B's prospects of defending their Stanley Cup Playoffs. "We know every team is going to be ready to take it away from us obviously.

"That’s the goal from every team is to probably get that ultimate prize and same thing for us, but we can’t think about that right now we need to think about round one."

However, going into Round 1, the B's feel good about their game.

"I think we are feeling very good I think were playing well; we’re playing the way that we need to play in playoffs," he said.  "I think we all play within our strength and we all are playing our role...on the team.

"And when we are playing as a whole unit there as a team that’s when we get the best success so we got to keep doing that same thing next week."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 74 21 32 2 53
L. Eriksson 74 19 24 2 43
M. Lucic 74 17 25 12 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
C. Soderberg 75 12 28 10 40
B. Marchand 70 22 17 5 39
R. Smith 74 13 25 10 38
T. Krug 71 12 24 13 36
D. Krejci 40 7 21 6 28
C. Kelly 73 7 20 7 27
 
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T. Rask 30 19 12 .922 2.33
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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