The Eastern Conference Finals will start this Thursday when the Boston Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes in a best-of-seven series. It’s the first time the Boston Bruins have made the Conference Finals since 2013, which is the last year they won the Stanley Cup. Carolina hasn’t made the Conference Finals since 2009 when they were swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Needless to say, it’s been a long time coming for these two fanbases to experience hockey this late in the playoffs and they’re sure to make an impact in this series.

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After sweeping the New York Islanders in the semifinals, the Hurricanes have been waiting to learn the outcome of the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets series. As a result, the Islanders haven’t played a game since May 3, so they’ll be well rested when they step on the ice at TD Garden.

Boston on the other hand, wrapped up their series on Monday night and will have just two days’ rest prior to Game 1. Goaltender Tukka Rask was phenomenal against the Jackets, posting a .948 save percentage in the series, including a shutout in Game 6. Get ready for these two scorching hot teams to collide on Thursday. The puck drops at 8:00 PM ET.

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