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Bruins-Red Wings schedule announced 04.13.14 at 8:12 pm ET
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The NHL released the schedules for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday night. The Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the first-seeded Bruins and eighth-seeded Red Wings will begin on Friday at TD Garden, with games every other day from there.

The schedule is as follows:

Game 1: Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden
Game 2: Sunday, April 20, 3 p.m. at TD Garden
Game 3: Tuesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena
Game 4: Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena
*Game 5: Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m. at TD Garden
*Game 6: Monday, April 28, TBD at Joe Louis Arena
*Game 7: Wednesday, April 30, TBD at TD Garden

*if necessary

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Bruins finish regular season with loss to Devils 04.13.14 at 5:25 pm ET
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The Bruins concluded their regular season schedule Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Devils in New Jersey. They finished with an NHL-best 54-19-9 record for 117 points, which earned them the Presidents’ Trophy.

The B’s went with a very different lineup in the game, as Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla did not travel to New Jersey. In the lineup were Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad at forward, as well as Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter on defense. Dougie Hamilton and Potter both saw time at forward, as the team dressed seven skaters. Chad Johnson was in goal for the B’s.

Following the game, the Bruins returned Khokhlachev, Cunningham, Florek and Lindblad to Providence.

Paille’s absence was the most notable given that he left Saturday’s game with what appeared to be a head injury, but Claude Julien told reporters that Paille is feeling “much better” and is considered day-to-day.

Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored Boston’s goals, with the Devils getting a pair of goals from Marek Zidlicky and one from Travis Zajac. Marchand scored with 16 seconds left, making him perhaps the final player to score against Martin Brodeur in the future Hall of Famer’s Devils career.

Boston’s first-round playoff series is expected to begin Friday at TD Garden, as Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters that the teams will play Friday and Sunday in Boston.

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Bruins recall Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad 04.13.14 at 12:55 pm ET
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The Bruins recalled four forwards from Providence on an emergency basis Sunday morning. Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad will all join the team in New Jersey and be available for the team’s regular-season finale against the Devils.

Khokhlachev is the only one of the four who has yet to play an NHL game, and as such, the 2011 second-round pick will in all likelihood make his NHL debut. He has 21 goals and 36 assists for a team-leading 57 points in 63 games for Providence this season.

Florek played very well for the Bruins in a three-game stint with the team in January, scoring a goal and adding an assist for two points while subbing on the team’s fourth line. Cunningham and Lindblad each played one game apiece.

The forwards will be used both due to injuries (Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron both left Saturday’s game, while Chris Kelly has missed the last two and won’t play Sunday) and perhaps for the sake of rest of other players. According to the Boston Globe, Bergeron, Paille, Kelly, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla did not travel to New Jersey.

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Brothers Reilly Smith, Brendan Smith weigh in on playoff meeting 04.13.14 at 12:31 am ET
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Reilly Smith and Brendan Smith are already weighing in on the difficult decision their parents will face when the brothers meet one another in the first round of the playoffs.

Reilly Smith, the Bruins’ second line right wing, has played against his older brother, Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith, six times in the regular season over the last two seasons (three times with the Stars and three with the Bruins). Brendan and the Red Wings have won four of those six games.

After the Red Wings were locked into the second wild card spot Saturday night, both players took to Twitter:

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Bruins to face Red Wings in first round 04.12.14 at 9:36 pm ET
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The Blue Jackets defeated the Panthers Saturday night, securing that they can finish no lower than the first wild card spot and locking the Red Wings into the second wild card spot. As such, the top-seeded Bruins will play the Red Wings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Red Wings, who have made the playoffs in 23 straight games, are the most difficult matchup of the teams the B’s might have faced in the first round (with the Blue Jackets and Flyers being the others). Detroit is the only team that has beaten Boston three times in regulation this season, as the B’s went 1-3-0 against the Wings this season.

The series is expected to begin Thursday at TD Garden. It’s likely that Game 2 would then be Saturday or Sunday before the series shifts to Detroit for Games 3 and 4.

This marks the eighth time the Bruins and Red Wings in the postseason, though you probably don’t remember the most recent meeting. That came back in 1957, when the Bruins beat Detroit in the semifinals in five games.

The series will also feature a pair of siblings clashing, as Bruins forward Reilly Smith will play against his brother, Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith.

The Lightning and Canadiens will face one another in the first round, with the winner of the Boston-Detroit series facing the winner of that series.

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No update on Daniel Paille, Patrice Bergeron’s issue ‘very minor’ 04.12.14 at 3:54 pm ET
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The Bruins offered no update on winger Daniel Paille, who left Saturday’s game in the third period after taking a big hit from Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe.

Paille was slow to leave the ice and has already had two concussions this season. Patrice Bergeron also left the game, but he played the first two periods before missing the third, seemingly for the sake of rest. Bergeron sat Thursday in Minnesota, though the team said it wasn’t a healthy scratch.

“With Bergy it’s very minor,” Claude Julien said. “With Paisy I haven’t had a chance to talk yet with my trainers or to the doctors. I’ll probably see later on.”

The Bruins will finish their regular season schedule Sunday in New Jersey. Chris Kelly is not expected to play and Julien said that the team will likely call up multiple players from Providence to play.

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Bruins clinch Presidents’ Trophy, Patrice Bergeron scores 30th goal in win over Sabres 04.12.14 at 3:12 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron hit the 30-goal-mark and the Bruins clinched the Presidents’ Trophy Saturday with a 4-1 win over the Sabres.

The B’s, who sit at 117 points (54-18-9) with one game to play, will finish with the most points in the NHL for the first time since the 1989-90 season.

Bergeron got to 30 goals for the second time in his career when he took a pass from Brad Marchand and sent a one-timer past Matt Hackett to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead in the second period. Bergeron’s other 30-goal season came in 2005-06, when he had 31.

Bergeron left the game after the second period, though he played the first two periods and didn’t look hindered in any way. It’s possible the team was just resting him.

The big scare, however, came in the third period when Daniel Paille left the game in the this period on a big hit at the blue line from Jake McCabe. McCabe was given a game misconduct for the hit (despite it actually looking clean, though slightly high), while Paille — who has already had two concussions this season — was slow to get up.

Gregory Campbell scored his eighth goal of the season when he took a first-period feed from Jordan Caron and tipped it past Hackett to give the B’s a 1-0 lead. David Krejci followed by getting the rebound off a Zdeno Chara shot off the end boards and sending it in for his 24th goal.

The Sabres scored their only goal in the third period, when Cody Hodgson picked up his 20th of the season. Krejci made it 4-1 on a power play with a shot from the point that went off the end boards and hit Connor Knapp‘s skate on its way in.

The B’s will finish their regular-season schedule Sunday in New Jersey.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– Jarome Iginla’s 30-goal season is well impressive, but Bergeron hitting 30 goals is the most impressive individual achievement this season from any Bruin. The thirty goal mark is hard to hit in Claude Julien‘s system (Bergeron became the fourth player to do it since Julien came to town in 2007), and he made it tougher on himself by being a responsible player and not cutting any corners for the sake of goals.

An example of that came in the second period before his goal Saturday. About seven minutes into the period, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith went deep into the offensive zone, with Bergeron staying high. With the puck bouncing around in front moments later, Bergeron stayed high rather than jumping up and giving himself a chance at a goal at the risk of an odd-man rush.

A breakdown of Bergeron’s 30-goal season is as follows: 22 even-strength, seven on the power play, one shorthanded and three empty-net goals.

– Bergeron and Iginla also gave the Bruins their first pair of 30-goal scorers since Julien has been the coach. The last time the B’s had two 30-goal scorers was in the 2002-03, when they had three in Glenn Murray (44), Joe Thornton (36) and Mike Knuble (30).

– The win guaranteed that the Bruins will not lose two straight regulation games this season.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– That would be pretty rough news if Paille were to have suffered a head injury on the hit from McCabe. Though a fourth-line player, Paille makes up one third of the best fourth line in the league and is a player who has been moved up when wings on other lines have been injured. He is also a plus penalty killer and was a very good performer last postseason (four goals and five assists for 13 points in 22 games).

– Another scary scene came in the third period when Torey Krug landed on Hackett, causing Hackett to remain down on the ice in pain for several minutes before leaving in a stretcher.

– The Bruins didn’t need to get into the whole John Scott thing, but it happened twice. Scott went after Lucic in the second period, leading to a scuffle in which Zdeno Chara intervened and cross-checked Scott in the face. Chara and Scott got into it again late in the third period and were given 10-minute misconducts.

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