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Apr 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) goes past Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The wait for the first-round series between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals to get underway will be a short one, as the Bruins and Capitals will kick things off on Saturday night, NBC confirmed Monday night.

Per NBC, puck drop is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., and the game will also be the Hockey Night in Canada game north of the border.

This will be the first postseason meeting between the Bruins and Capitals since their first-round series in 2012, and obviously the first playoff meeting between the rivals since ex-Bruins captain Zdeno Chara signed with Washington as a free agent.

“Solid team, great top six, big bodies,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of his team’s upcoming matchup with Washington. “Their coach has been there many times so they’re gonna be ready to go. Playing Zee, I’m sure that’ll become a storyline. Looking forward to the matchup.”

“You probably could’ve guessed it was gonna play out this way,” Brad Marchand said of playing Chara’s Caps. “They’re a very dominant team. They’re built to be heavy. We’re excited for the challenge.”

The Bruins, who will end their regular season with a Tuesday night contest in D.C., have gone 4-1-2 against the Capitals in 2021.

The complete schedule for the Bruins-Capitals opening round series will be released later this week.

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