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Jim Montgomery not happy with schedule for Bruins-Maple Leafs series

BOSTON -- By virtue of earning seven more points in the standings over the course of the NHL's 82-game regular season, the Boston Bruins earned home-ice advantage for their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. But the Bruins might not really feel like they're getting much of an advantage.

Thanks to the NHL's scheduling, the Bruins headed out to Toronto on Tuesday. And they won't be back home until Sunday, with the teams sitting idle for Thursday and Friday between Game 3 (Wednesday) and Game 4 (Saturday).

Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery offered up some thoughts about that scheduling when speaking to the media on Wednesday.

"Like, I mean, I would've rather been here Thursday, Saturday, being honest with [you]," Montgomery said. "I think we're spending more time in Toronto than Toronto's spending in Boston. And we're the home team."

Indeed, the only extra day that will require a team to stay on the road in this series takes place this week, as the extra day off between Game 4 in Toronto and Game 5 in Boston allows the Leafs to sleep in their own beds for two nights before flying to Boston on their extra off day. And while the comforts of home shouldn't be discounted, the one extra day in Ontario shouldn't impact the Bruins too much when it comes to playing the games.

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