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

For the first time in nine years, it will be the Bruins and Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The meeting between the rivals comes after a season series that saw Boston go 4-2-2 against D.C., but with two of those losses coming with an undeniable AHL defense compared to a fully-loaded Capitals squad, and with the Bruins outscoring Washington by a 24-15 mark when taking those two games out of the equation.

But even if we discount the Bruins’ losses to the Capitals, the B’s know that they’re going to have their hands full.

“Solid team, great top-six, big bodies,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of the Capitals. “Their coach has been there many times, so they’re going to be ready to go. Obviously playing [Zdeno Chara], I’m sure that will become a storyline.”

“They’re obviously a very dominant team, big, physical,” echoed Brad Marchand. “They gain a lot of emotion and energy from that. They have a lot of guys that play that way. They’re built to be heavy and to be a playoff team, and they’re built for the playoffs. And it’s going to be a tough series. We definitely have our work cut out for us, but we’re excited for the challenge.”

Here are six storylines to watch as the B’s and Capitals get underway at Capital One Arena…


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