May 28th, 2024

Maple Leafs to meet Bruins in first round of Stanley Cup playoffs

By The Canadian Press on April 16, 2024.

Florida Panthers defenceman Dmitry Kulikov (7) and Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Pontus Holmberg (29) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Toronto Maple Leafs knew a familiar foe was waiting on deck.

The club now knows which Atlantic Division rival will represent its first test in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Toronto will face the Boston Bruins in the opening round after the Leafs’ 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night settled the standings.

The Boston Bruins finished second in the division after losing 3-1 to the Ottawa Senators on home ice in their regular-season finale.

Florida topped the Leafs in the second round last spring, and will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning when the playoffs open.

Toronto, which could have secured a Panthers rematch with a victory over Florida on Tuesday, lost to the Bruins in seven games in the first round of both the 2018 and 2019 playoffs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2024.

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