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B's open with Caps on Thursday

The NHL has released the schedule for the first round of the playoffs, with the Bruins opening their series with the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) at TD Garden.

Game 2 of the series will be Saturday at 3, then the scene shifts to Washington for Games 3 and 4 on Monday April 16 and Thursday April 19.

If necessary, Game 5 will be Saturday April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Garden. Game 6 would be the next day in Washington (time TBD) with Game 7 back in Boston on Wednesday April 25.