The first-round series starts Wednesday night in Boston, where the Bruins have won 11 of their last 13 games against the Maple Leafs, and both teams stumbled heading into the playoffs. The Bruins lost seven of their last nine and the Maple Leafs four of five.
Both are also likely to get key scorers back from upper-body injuries — Nathan Horton for Boston and Tyler Bozak for Toronto. Horton missed five games and Bozak sat out two.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Boston before the series shifts to Toronto for games next Monday and Wednesday nights.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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