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Eastern Conference Semifinal Matchups are Set

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The matchups for the Eastern Conference Semifinals are set, with the Bruins facing the Canadiens and the Penguins playing the Rangers. Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports, Gene J. Puskar/AP

With the New York Rangers win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of their first round playoff series, both matchups for the 2014 Eastern Conference Semifinals are now set.

The series to determine the Atlantic Division’s representative in the conference final will get underway Thursday night, as the Bruins and Canadiens meet in the playoffs for the 34th time.

The Bruins dispatched the Detroit Red Wings in five games to clinch their spot in the second round, while the Canadiens swept the Tampa Bay Lightning to earn a second round berth for the first time since 2010. The Bruins have home-ice throughout the series, hosting Games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while Games 3, 4, and 6 will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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These two teams last met in the playoffs in the 2011 quarterfinals, when the Bruins won Game 7 on an overtime goal by Nathan Horton on their way to winning their first Stanley Cup championship in 39 years.

The Metropolitan Division’s conference final participant will be either the Rangers or the Pittsburgh Penguins. It took six games for the Penguins to get past the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round, while the Rangers survived the only seven-game series in the Eastern Conference’s opening round.

The Penguins will host Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 in the series and the Rangers will have home-ice for Games 3, 4, and 6.

The Penguins and Rangers last met in the playoffs in 2008, when Pittsburgh took down New York in five games on their way to the Stanley Cup Final, which they lost to the Red Wings.