With the Canadiens completing their shocking comeback against the top-seeded Capitals with a 2-1 victory in Game 7 Wednesday night in Washington, the Bruins now know their second-round opponent in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The sixth-seeded B's will meet the seventh-seeded Flyers, opening the conference semifinal series with the first two games at TD Garden. This will mark the first playoff matchup between Boston and Philadelphia since 1978.

 

Here is the schedule for the series:

 

The Bruins and TD Garden announced Wednesday that a bronze statue depicting Bobby Orr's famous Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal against the St. Louis Blues will be unveiled at a ceremony on May 10, the 40th anniversary of the play. The statue, weighing more than 600 pounds, will be installed oustide TD Garden at the mouth of the West Walkway, facing Causeway Street. It was sculpted by Harry Weber, who also created a Doug Flutie statue, among others.

WILMINGTON -- Bruins center Marc Savard participated in his first full team practice on Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena after being cleared by doctors to rejoin the team, and afterward he said that he felt good on the ice. He was on a line with Vladimir Sobtoka and Michael Ryder, and he said that he is excited to be between the two of them and that he has especially liked what he has seen from Sobotka.

 

WILMINGTON -- The question as to which line Marc Savard would play on upon his return from a Grade 2 concussion has been at least partially answered from the practice lines coach Claude Julien put out at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning. Savard was wearing a white sweater along with Vladimir Sobotka and Michael Ryder. From these initial lines it looks like Sobotka has been taken from the center position to the wing with Savard, although, as always, lines are subject to change.

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke to the media on a conference call Tuesday morning and addressed the status of center Marc Savard, who had a neuro-psych test Monday afternoon. "First I'd like to announce that Marc Savard has been cleared to play," Chiarelli said. "I'll leave it up to Claude [Julien] as far as putting the lines together and who plays and who doesn't play, but Marc is ready to go, and we'll see how his conditioning goes. But I know from talking to him he's very anxious to play."

 

They have wobbled, stumbled — and even taken a few steps backward over the past six months, but your 2009-10 Bruins have now triumphantly shaken hands at center ice with a defeated foe and moved on to the second round of the playoffs.



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For the second straight year, the Bruins have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But this year, the Bruins entered the postseason as the sixth seed in the East, not the top seed as was the case in 2009. David Krejci, who scored a pair of goals and collected an assist in Monday's 4-3 series clincher over Buffalo, said he believes the team is hitting its stride now. 

 

When did the Bruins turn the corner and become a top-tier NHL team? Because, like it or not, they are one of only eight teams left in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.



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David Krejci scored twice and added an assist as the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, in Game 6 Monday night at TD Garden to win their opening-round series, 4-2. Mark Recchi had a goal and an assist and Milan Lucic had a pair of assists as the Bruins advance to the second round for the second straight season. 

 

According to WEEI's Michael Holley, Bruins center Marc Savard will not make his first appearance since March 7 when the B's host the Sabres in Game 6 of their series Monday night. Savard skated with the team Monday morning but did not address the media. He previously said he would have another neuro-psych test Monday afternoon to check on how he is recovering from his concussion. Bruins coach Claude Julien said only "No confirmation right now" when asked about Savard's availability following the moring skate.