Before I bring you the best of the Boston Bruins’ break-up day, here are a few quick links to get you ready for the Carolina-Pittsburgh series, which opens tonight.

•Goaltender Cam Ward might have to be even better in this round than he was in the first two.

•Defenseman Sergei Gonchar expects to play for Pittsburgh.

•The bad news for the Hurricanes is that Sidney Crosby is at the top of his game so far.

•Carolina’s run thus far has established a pattern.