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Maple Leafs, Bruins try to shake late-season woes in their first playoff matchup since 1974

  • Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, top right, and members of the Bruins team react from the bench as they fall behind in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators at the TD Garden, in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators beat the Bruins 4-2. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, top right, and members of the Bruins team react from the bench as they fall behind in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators at the TD Garden, in Boston, Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators beat the Bruins 4-2. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Workers attach a Stanley Cup Playoffs logo onto the ice at TD Garden in Boston, following an NHL hockey game between the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins on Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators won 4-2. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Workers attach a Stanley Cup Playoffs logo onto the ice at TD Garden in Boston, following an NHL hockey game between the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins on Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators won 4-2. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Workers position a Stanley Cup Playoffs logo onto the ice at TD Garden in Boston, following an NHL hockey game between the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins on Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators won 4-2. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Workers position a Stanley Cup Playoffs logo onto the ice at TD Garden in Boston, following an NHL hockey game between the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins on Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Senators won 4-2. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins will both try to shake late-season slumps when they meet in the playoffs.

The first-round series starts Wednesday night in Boston, where the Bruins have won 11 of their last 13 games against the Maple Leafs, and both teams stumbled heading into the playoffs. The Bruins lost seven of their last nine and the Maple Leafs four of five.

Both are also likely to get key scorers back from upper-body injuries — Nathan Horton for Boston and Tyler Bozak for Toronto. Horton missed five games and Bozak sat out two.

Game 2 is Saturday night in Boston before the series shifts to Toronto for games next Monday and Wednesday nights.