Bruins-Canadiens to start Thursday

BOSTON -- After much anticipation, the NHL finally announced Tuesday night that Game 1 of the second-round Stanley Cup playoffs series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will be played Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden.

The remaining schedule will be announced on Wednesday.

Game 2 is expected to be played at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at TD Garden, with Games 3 and 4 at Bell Centre in Montreal on Tuesday and Thursday.

Before the league’s announcement, there was much discussion about when the series would start. Northeastern University is holding its graduation ceremonies on Friday morning at TD Garden, so it will be a quick turnaround for the building’s bull gang.

Since the Canadiens swept their first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they will have eight days off between games. The Bruins eliminated the Detroit Red Wings with a Game 5 win Saturday at TD Garden.

“You want to start playing right away,” Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron said after the team’s practice on Tuesday. “Obviously, when you see the other series going on right now, the end of the first round, when you see good hockey on TV, you always want to be back out there. With that being said, I've said before you can’t control anything; it’s about being ready when it’s that time.”

That time will come Thursday night.