Boston Bruins' Biggest Takeaways from 1st Round of 2014 NHL Playoffs

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Boston Bruins' Biggest Takeaways from 1st Round of 2014 NHL Playoffs
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The Boston Bruins completed their quickest first-round playoff series since 2009, dislodging the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 Saturday.

The Bruins trailed the series for less than 48 hours before winning four straight throughout the past calendar week. Over that span, they trailed for only one stretch in an individual contest, that being Thursday’s Game 4.

After a six-game set with Buffalo in 2010 and three straight seven-game seesaws, this was more of a throwback to the last time Boston held the top overall seed in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. That year, the team cleanly swept the Montreal Canadiens, whose current installment is on deck for the 2014 Atlantic Division Final.

Naturally, that series cannot commence until the rest of the first-round bouts are settled. In the early stages of the interim, here are five key takeaways from Boston’s triumph over Detroit.

In accordance with the pattern of the series, we will revisit one fault on the Bruins bench and follow with four of Boston’s boons.

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