Capitals Will Face Bruins In First Round Of 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs; Series Will Open Saturday Night

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The Washington Capitals will face the Boston Bruins in the best-of-seven first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs after the Bruins forced overtime against the New York Islanders on Monday night to secure the third seed in the East Division. The Capitals will have home-ice advantage in the series, which will open at Capital One Arena on Saturday night (7:15 PM ET, NBC). The rest of the series schedule has yet to be announced.

The Capitals secured the second seed in the East Division after they went to overtime in their 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers this past Saturday.

The Capitals are 3-4-0 against the Bruins in the regular season with two of their three wins coming in the shootout. The two teams close out their season series in Washington on Tuesday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally, NHL Network nationally).

The Pittsburgh Penguins, the first seed in the division, will face the New York Islanders, the fourth. The winner of the Capitals-Bruins series will take on the winner of the Penguins-Islanders one in Round 2.

Capitals defenseman Zdeno Chara played 1,023 games over 14 seasons as captain of the Bruins. He led them to a Stanley Cup championship in 2011.

The two teams have played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs three times, most recently a seven-game series win for the Capitals in 2012. Five of the seven games went to overtime. The Capitals have won two of the series.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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