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Boston Bruins Set With First Round Match Vs. Washington Capitals

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BOSTON – The Boston Bruins are locked in for the Stanley Cup playoffs after beating the New York Islanders, 3-2, in overtime at TD Garden on Monday night. The Bruins will finish as the third seed in the East Division and will face the second seed Washington Capitals with the postseason series set to begin at Capital One Arena on Saturday night.

The Bruins already knew they would be the road team in their first round series and now they know it will be against the high-powered Capitals.

“We wanted to win the game. We wanted to play well. We got the two points and now we’re locked in,” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “Solid team. Great top-6 forwards. Big bodies. Obviously playing [Zdeno Chara] I’m sure will be a big storyline. Looking forward to the matchup.”

Clearly there will be storylines with the Boston Bruins facing their former captain Zdeno Chara in the first round of the postseason and given the nasty showdowns that the two franchises have shared over the last few years. Tom Wilson served a seven-game suspension following his nasty head shot on Brandon Carlo earlier this season and that set off a number of heated fights between the Bruins and Capitals.

The Bruins have enjoyed better success against the Capitals this season than they have in the last decade against a Washington team that routinely dominated them in the recent past, but all that goes out the window in a first round playoff series starting this weekend.

“You probably could’ve guessed it was gonna play out this way,” said Brad Marchand, of going up against longtime former Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara in the first round of the postseason. “They’re a very dominant team. They’re big and heavy. They’re built for the playoffs. We’re excited for the challenge.”

The best part: There will be a preview of the series when the Boston Bruins travel to Washington for their regular season finale against the Capitals on Tuesday night with three days rest prior to the postseason series get going.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Comrie

Rask wasn’t worked too hard last night. Only 17 shots, less than his last outing but gave up 2 goals. While they were good shots both were very stoppable. Bruins aren’t giving up too many shots but they seem to be quality scoring chances when they do.

D1VE is Dumb

Boston is too soft to beat the Caps in a 7 game series. After watching Pasta act like he had been shot last night I imagine he will leave the ice on stretcher after one clean Tom Wilson check along the boards.

[…] having already clinched the third seed in the East Division. It might have been an interesting game as they face their first-round playoff opponent, the Washington Capitals, in the regular season fina… as well at Capital One Arena, but instead the Bruins will be employing their Black Aces and taxi […]

[…] having already clinched the third seed in the East Division. It might have been an interesting game as they face their first-round playoff opponent, the Washington Capitals, in the regular season fina… as well at Capital One Arena, but instead the Bruins will be employing their Black Aces and taxi […]

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