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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Capitals To Face Boston Bruins In Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

It came down to the last game of the regular season, but the Washington Capitals finally know who they will be matched up against in the NHL's Eastern Conference quarterfinals. By virtue of their 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night coupled with Florida's win over Carolina, the Capitals earned the No. 7 seed and will face the Boston Bruins in a first round battle.

Washington will have to travel to Boston to open the playoffs. The Bruins, the defending Stanley Cup Champions, finished the season with a record of 49-29-4, good for 102 points and first place in the NHL's Northeast Division. The Caps came up just short in the Southeast Division, closing with 92 points and finishing in second place with a 42-32-8 record.

The Capitals took three out the four regular season meetings against the Bruins, including a 3-2 shootout win in Boston during their last meeting on March 29th.

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