The NHL released the schedule for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday. The Bruins' schedule series against the No. 7 Capitals is as follows: 

Game 1 @ Boston: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

Game 2 @ Boston: Saturday, April 14, 3 p.m.

Game 3 @ Washington: Monday, April 16, 7: 30 p.m.

Game 4 @ Washington: Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.

*Game 5 @ Boston: Saturday, April 21, 3 p.m.

*Game 6 @ Washington: Sunday, April 22, time TBD

*Game 7 @ Boston: Wednesday, April 25, time TBD 

* If necessary 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said on a conference call Sunday that while he won't rule Nathan Horton out for the season, the veteran winger is a "longshot" to play again this season after suffering his most recent concussion in January. 

The Bruins have a tough act to follow. 

Unlike past years, Bruins fans know what the team is capable of. They saw the Bruins ride the best goaltender in the league, the best defensive pairing in the league and one of the deepest offenses in the league to a Stanley Cup victory. 



In a development that took three different games to determine, the Bruins will play the Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup finals. 

Patrice Bergeron scored the only goal for either side in the shootout and Tim Thomas stopped Jason Pominville as the Bruins beat the Sabres, 4-3, in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday at TD Garden. The Bruins finish their Stanley Cup defense with a regular season mark of 49-29-4, good for 102 points and the No. 2 seed in the East, and open the playoffs this Thursday at TD Garden. 

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, the current holder of the single season save percentage record, that he has no problem with Blues No. 2 goalie Brian Elliott potentially breaking the record. 

Did you know that perhaps the biggest single season goaltending record is about to be broken by the St. Louis Blues’ No. 2 goalie? 



 Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid both missed Friday's practice at TD Garden. All other players with the exception of Nathan Horton and Tuukka Rask were present. 

B's coach Claude Julien said both Boychuk and McQuaid remain day-to-day. Boychuk has a mild sprained knee and McQuaid left Thursday's game after feeling discomfort around his swollen eye. 

"We're being overcautious right now," Julien said, adding that the Bruins are being careful to "head into the playoffs as healthy as we can be."

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, as the B's prepare to begin defense of their Stanley Cup championship when the playoffs start next week.

Ference was asked about the difference in the team's mindset this spring as opposed to 2011.

It took longer than he would have liked, but a healthy Anton Khudobin finally started a game for the Bruins on Thursday, and he sent a message that both the B's and Boston fans needed to hear.