The fact that the Boston Bruins are advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs may have seemed unlikely to many at the start of the 2017-18 season. Well, it's a reality after the Bruins dismissed the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-4 in Game 7 of the first round Wednesday night at TD Garden. The Bruins will face the Tampa Bay Lightning next, beginning with Game 1 on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
"Well, it's going to be a battle," said Brad Marchand. "They were a top team all year. They compete very hard, have a ton of skill and they have a lot of depth. We'll look at them a little bit more in the next few days, but we're going to enjoy this one tonight."
Everything else you need to know from the Bruins' win in quickie form and with BSJ insight and analysis.
Youth shall prevail: Prior to this series, many wondered how the rookie class would fare in its first Stanley Cup playoff experience. There were jitters and it took a little bit of time for the young players to settle in. No doubt they saved their best for the most opportune time. Jake DeBrusk played his best game of the season and produced a pair of goals, including the game-winning tally at 5:25 of the third period. He has five goals and two assists for seven points already this postseason. It also helped that