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Sunday hockey notes

Bruins’ playoff hopes tied to key returnees

This shapes up as a very interesting couple of weeks for the Bruins with the playoffs approaching the first week of May. Is this the club that ran off to its hottest start in decades, 14-2-2 (.833 winning percentage), in the opening six weeks, or the one that went a less-than-spectacular 12-8-2 (.591) prior to Saturday night’s game in Raleigh?

If it’s the latter, then they likely are headed for another first-round KO in the playoffs, even in a conference that has its issues — lead among them how effective Sidney Crosby will be when/if he makes it back to the star-studded Pittsburgh lineup after sustaining a broken jaw.

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