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Bruins, Lightning eager to get at it

Updated: May 10, 2011, 11:01 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The grueling and arduous 82-game schedule during the NHL's regular season can wreak havoc on a player's focus. But when a team is eight wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup, players are locked in on the ultimate prize.

The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning are the final two teams remaining in the Eastern Conference. Both swept through the semifinal round last week and the NHL waited until Tuesday morning to announce when the conference finals would start.

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