Bruins-Rangers series long time in coming

Been A Long Time: The Rangers and Bruins meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1973. From Elias: The 40-year separation between playoff games is the longest gap between postseason games for any pair of teams in NHL history. The previous record was 39 years between the Blackhawks and Flyers (1971-2010), and the Bruins and Maple Leafs (1974-2013).

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Rangers at Bruins, 7:30 ET

* 10th playoff series meeting all-time; 1st since 1973 Quarterfinals (NYR won that series, 4-1)

* Bruins: have won 6 of previous 9 playoff series vs Rangers

* Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): Posted back-to-back shutouts in last 2 games, stopped all 62 shots

* Bruins: Lost 2 of 3 meetings vs Rangers this season (both losses came in OT or shootout), teams haven’t played since February 12

* David Krejci (BOS): Leads league with 13 points this postseason

Western Conference Semifinals

Sharks at Kings, 10 ET (Kings lead series 1-0)

* Sharks: 4-1 this postseason (lost last)

* Sharks: 1-12 (8.3 pct) on power play in 3 road games this postseason (6-14 at home)

* Kings: Won 5 straight playoff games after trailing Blues 2-0 in conference quarterfinals

* Kings: 4-0 at home this postseason, 3 of those wins by 1 goal each

* Jonathan Quick (LA): 6 shutouts in Stanley Cup Playoffs last 3 seasons (most of any player); 2 shutouts coming at home this postseason

Most Shutouts in Stanley Cup Playoffs Last 3 Seasons

Jonathan Quick 6<<

Henrik Lundqvist 5

Tim Thomas 5

Roberto Luongo 4

<<2 shutouts in 7 starts this season