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Eastern Conference Late Morning Papers: Goaltending is the key in the Bruins/Habs series, The Caps are ready for the Playoffs thanks to last years exp., Penguins are grittier this year and that should help them says Rick Tocchet

I apologize for the delay in posting this morning:

Boston Bruins (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8)

  • Gather ’round, young’uns, whilst we spin a tale or two about the Big Bad Bruins, winners of two Stanley Cups and shouldabeen winners of one more, for sure, and perhaps a few others.
  • Goaltending is often regarded as the key to success in the playoffs and the Canadiens-Bruins series, which begins tomorrow night in Boston offers an intriguing matchup in the nets.

Washington Capitals (2) vs. New York Rangers (7)

  • Playoff hockey was something unfamiliar to the majority of the Washington Capitals a year ago, and by the time the youthful lineup adjusted, the Philadelphia Flyers were leading the first-round series, 3-1.
  • Clichés are all Avery has for the newspaper, but you can be certain he’ll have more than that for the Caps.

New Jersey Devils (3) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (6)

  • The Devils are ready for Wednesday night’s playoff opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, according to coach Brent Sutter.
  • For Canes defenseman Joe Corvo, playing the New Jersey Devils means a lot of things, none of them pleasurable.

Pittsburgh Penguins (4) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (5)

  • The operative term is “grit.” And that’s something Tocchet, now coaching in Tampa, noticed was in relatively short supply for the Penguins earlier this season.
  • By the time they arrived in Philadelphia, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards were already connected by fate.