The Bruins held their first practice of the postseason Tuesday at TD Garden, and the lines featured the return of Nathan Horton and some evidence that Rich Peverley could be in line for a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the Maple Leafs.

The Bruins underachieved in the regular season and limped into the playoffs, so what’s their punishment? Perhaps the most ideal first-round matchup they could have asked for. 



Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said on a conference call Monday that the B’s are going to need to turn in better play than they did over the last two months of the season if they want to be successful in the postseason.

Call it a watershed moment. A fork in the road. Make-or-break time. Or use whatever cliché you choose. But the Bruins are there. Their opening-round series should dictate so much of their future, both short term and long.

Let's start by facing facts. Right now, the Bruins kind of stink.



MIKE SALK

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The NHL announced the first-round schedule on Sunday night. Here’s how the Bruins’ and Maple Leafs series, which begins Wednesday at the Garden, looks:

Game 1 at Boston: Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m. Game 2 at Boston: Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m. Game 3 at Toronto: Monday, May 6, 7 p.m. Game 4 at Toronto: Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m. Game 5 at Boston (if necessary): Friday, May 10, 7 p.m. Game 6 at Toronto (if necessary): Sunday, May 12 Game 7 at Boston (if necessary): Monday, May 13

The Bruins failed to secure the Northeast Division title, losing 4-2 to the Senators on a goal by Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the game’s final five minutes.

The Bruins failed to secure the Northeast Division title, losing 4-2 to the Senators on a goal by Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the game’s final five minutes.

The Bruins announced their regular season award winners before the regular season finale with the Senators Sunday night. Patrice Bergeron was the recipient of the Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the “Gallery Gods”) as well as the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games, determined by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association).

Give the Bruins this: they're consistent. 



The Bruins blew a two-goal lead in the third period and put their division hopes in jeopardy with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals.

With the B’s leading, 2-0, entering the third, Washington came back in the first eight minutes of the third with a pair of power-play goals from Mike Green. With Zdeno Chara in the box in overtime, Eric Fehr scored on a rebound to give Washington the win. The B’s got goals from Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference in the first and second periods, respectively. Lucic also had an assist on Ference’s goal.