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Bruins part of surprising East semifinal pairings

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WILMINGTON, Mass. (AP) -The Boston Bruins are among three surprising teams in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

They lost 10 straight games at one point. They even had a 10-game losing streak at home. And they didn't clinch a postseason berth until their next-to-last game. Still, they have home-ice advantage in the second round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers.

On Thursday, forward Mark Recchi attributed the turnaround to a renewed commitment to play hard all the time. Michael Ryder said it was a result of playing desperately and with more emotion. That helped the Bruins upset third-seeded Buffalo in the first round.

The Bruins were seeded sixth in the East. Seventh-seeded Philadelphia and eighth-seeded Montreal also advanced.

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