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Bruins and 'Canes open up playoffs in 2019 rematch

The Boston Bruins didn't fare well in their tune-ups for the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Now it becomes much more serious with the beginning of the best-of-7 first-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"It's over now and you start real hockey," said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, anticipating Game 1 on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Boston went 0-3 in round-robin competition to determine seeding for the conference's top four teams. That put the Bruins, who had the best record in the conference in the regular season, at the No. 4 seed.