Liveblog: The wait is over as Habs and Leafs meet for Game 1

Josh Anderson opened scoring for the Habs. John Tavares left the game after colliding with Corey Perry.

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Following a week of anticipation, the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs begin their first-round playoff series at Scotiabank Arena Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (CBC, SN, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

The Habs got a much-needed break to recuperate and prepare for the postseason, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t anything to talk about in the meantime. Some reading material in preparation for tonight:

Canadiens Game Day: Eric Staal excited about chance to face Leafs

Canadiens at Leafs: Five things you should know

Stu Cowan: Young Canadiens won’t gain experience if they don’t play

You’ve memorized the lines, re-watched Carey Price smash his stick on a loop, shunned the oddsmakers, forgone shaving, and the picture of Carlton the Bear on your dart board is in tatters. Nothing left to do but crack open a cool beverage of choice and watch the action unfold.

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