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At last: Bruins play home opener

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The Boston Bruins are finally coming home.

Twelve days after opening their season with two games in Prague, and after stops in New Jersey and Washington, the Bruins gets to show off for the home folks when the Capitals come to TD Garden at 7 p.m. ET Thursday night for the back end of a home-and-home series, one of 11 games on the schedule.

The Bruins actually fared pretty well away from home, splitting two games with Phoenix in Prague and winning at New Jersey before Tuesday's 3-1 victory at Washington.

Two other games start at 7 p.m. ET. In Toronto, the Maple Leafs host the Rangers in a rematch of last Friday's 4-3 overtime victory in New York. Both teams are coming off losses -- the Rangers fell 3-1 at home to Colorado, while the Leafs dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Islanders.

Also, the Philadelphia Flyers, who've been off since Saturday's 5-1 home loss to Pittsburgh, host the struggling Ducks. Anaheim lost 3-1 at Columbus on Wednesday.

Four more games get under way at 7:30 p.m. ET. Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils, idle since their loss to the Bruins on Saturday, visit Montreal. The Canadiens have also been off since Saturday, when they beat Ottawa 4-3. Calgary, a 1-0 OT winner at Nashville on Tuesday, visits Detroit, which is back home after a 2-1 OT win at Phoenix on Saturday. The Islanders start a two-game swing through Florida with a visit to Tampa Bay, while the Dallas Stars, who lost 5-4 at Tampa Bay on Monday, travel to South Florida to play the Panthers. Florida hasn't played since beating Tampa Bay 6-0 in its home opener on Saturday.

At 8 p.m. ET, Pittsburgh makes a rare visit to Nashville, and a half-hour later, Colorado hosts San Jose in its first home game after a five-game trip. The Sharks, playing their first road game of the new season, are coming off a 5-2 home loss to Carolina on Tuesday.

At 9:30 p.m. ET., Edmonton returns home after an 0-2 road trip to host Minnesota, which beat the Oilers 4-2 in St. Paul last Thursday. The final game of the night faces off at 10 p.m., when Los Angeles visits Phoenix. The Coyotes have been off since their 3-2 loss at Anaheim on Sunday.
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