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Bruins to Face Senators in First Round

Game 1 will be played in Ottawa on Wednesday

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / - The Bruins will face the Ottawa Senators in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round. 


On Sunday night, the NHL announced the dates and starting times for all eight first round matchups.


Boston will start the series in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 12 at the Canadian Tire Centre, with Game 2 being played on Saturday, April 15. 


The series will shift to Boston for Games 3 and 4 on Monday, April 17, and Wednesday, April 19.

If necessary, Game 5 will be played on Friday, April 21 in Ottawa, with Game 6 on Sunday, April 23 in Boston, and Game 7 in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 26. 


The full schedule, along with ticket information, can be found here


When the Bruins capped off their regular season on Saturday at TD Garden, they did not yet know their opponent, but they spoke about their excitement for the postseason. 


"Everybody's obviously excited to be back in the playoffs," said Captain Zdeno Chara. "I think that excitement and energy will ball up more towards next week. I think this team's been through obviously some up and downs throughout the whole season and that we showed that we created some identity and built some resiliency."


"It's exciting," said Chara. "For most of the guys in the room it's going to be the first experience of NHL Playoffs but at the same time, everybody has to go through it for first time. It's going t be good."


"Whoever it is, we need to erase our minds and get a game plan in there that's going to work against whoever we're playing and then go execute it and just play harder than the guy across from you," said David Backes. "I love our group and we're going to have a few days here to prep and get it together and then go out there and play."


The Bruins had Sunday off to rest. They will get back to work on Monday at Warrior Ice Arena, in preparation for Wednesday's Game 1 in Ottawa. 


"We're going to have some meetings and we're going to get ready," Chara said, when asked about any special preparations heading into the playoffs. "I think that everybody has to get ready themselves; they have to realize what they have to do to be in the zone for the playoffs and it's not necessarily that you have to have one-on-one meetings or kind of special meetings for that. You just need to know that it's an important part of the year."

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