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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Boston Bruins' dates, TV, tickets for first round series with Toronto Maple Leafs

The Canadiens went 7-2-1 in their final 10 games to finish the season 14th in the overall National Hockey League standings with a 25-point improvement from last season.

As the higher seed, the Bruins host Game 1 and Game 2 of the best of seven series at TD Garden on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Winnipeg Jets will begin their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Wednesday while the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames play their respective Game 1's on Thursday. The Bruins knocked the Maple Leafs out of the playoffs past year, so Matthews and Marner will be out for revenge. "But we played some incredible hockey, we deserved to be in the playoffs".

"When I look at what we've been able to do here, I'm obviously really proud of where we're at and where we're going", he said after practice in Toronto.

The Maple Leafs were leading 5-4 when Poehling completed his hat trick with 2:31 left on the clock. He recorded eight points in last year's series win over Toronto and then was limited to two points against Tampa Bay in a five-game loss.

"You want players feeling good about their game", Babcock said.

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Toronto is finishing the season on a downward spiral and they are struggling defensively. "When you're the coach, you should take it on yourself".

The skinny: It was 4-1. But I think that the team we have is so special.

"There's lots of people here that like to get things going". This time, Toronto held a 4-3 lead heading into the third, when they melted away by again allowing four unanswered Bruins goals. With the Leafs already being one of the least penalized team in the league, it's going to be big for the Bruins to take advantage of the power play chances they get and to cash-in on their opportunities when they come. They won the season series against Toronto, three games to one, and they match up extremely well with the Leafs.

The Leafs haven't given their travelling show much to be cheer about since their Western Canadian trip, but this 815th meeting (regular season and playoffs) will carry some extra emotion. The Bruins defense is significantly better than the Leafs and Tuukka Rask gets the edge over Frederik Andersen in net. You pull your starter, throw a guy in there, the rest of the guys are looking at you like, "What the hell are you doing? I really don't", Cassidy said. It would be good if they could put a few in tonight.

Now 29-years-old with 41 playoff games under his belt, he said he has become more efficient with the mental side of his game.

"As you go on further in your career, you get more mature and more confident in the way you process things, I've found a way to park it better and use it in the right way", Andersen said. "You only have a certain amount that you can divvy up, and it's trying to make that all work and keep our team on the right path moving forward". Let's say you have a tough game, you still come in and bring good energy and focus on what you are going to accomplish the next day.

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