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2011 Stanley Cup playoffs first round schedule

With the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs set to kick off on Wednesday, it’s only right for you to know when the action is all going down for the first round. The first round of the playoffs also sees NBC getting into the action on the weekends with four games picked out and provided a couple of series go deep, we’ll have two straight weekends filled with intrigue.

The opening weekend of the playoffs, NBC will carry Game 2 of the Detroit-Phoenix series at 1 p.m. ET from Detroit on Saturday April 16. The next day, Game 3 of the Washington-New York series from Madison Square Garden in New York City at 3 p.m. ET. The following weekend will see a possible Game 5 from Washington for the Caps-Rangers series at 3 p.m., while Sunday could see a Game 6 between Buffalo and Philadelphia from HSBC Arena in Buffalo at 3 p.m. ET.

You’re not here to read us blather on with the introductions, you want to see the schedules. Here’s how things play out for each series. Any game that is set to be aired on NBC will be in bold type and italicized. All times listed are Eastern.

(*-if necessary)

Eastern Conference

1. Washington vs. 8. New York

Wed. April 13 Game 1: @Washington 7:30 p.m.
Fri. April 15 Game 2: @Washington 7:30 p.m.
Sun. April 17 Game 3: @New York 3:00 p.m.
Wed. April 20 Game 4: @New York 7:00 p.m.
*Sat. April 23 Game 5: @Washington 3:00 p.m.
*Mon. April 25 Game 6: @New York TBD
*Wed. April 27 Game 7: @Washington TBD

2. Philadelphia vs. 7. Buffalo

Thu. April 14 Game 1: @Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Sat. April 16 Game 2: @Philadelphia 5:00 p.m.
Mon. April 18 Game 3: @Buffalo 7:00 p.m.
Wed. April 20 Game 4: @Buffalo 7:30 p.m.
*Frid. April 22 Game 5: @Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
*Sun. April 24 Game 6: @Buffalo 3:00 p.m.
*Tue. April 26 Game 7: @Philadelphia TBD

3. Boston vs. 6. Montreal

Thu. April 14 Game 1: @Boston 7:00 p.m.
Sat. April 16 Game 2: @Boston 7:00 p.m.
Mon. April 18 Game 3: @Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Thu. April 21 Game 4: @Montreal 7:00 p.m.
*Sat. April 23 Game 5: @Boston 7:00 p.m.
*Tue. April 26 Game 6: @Montreal TBD
*Wed. April 27 Game 7: @Boston TBD

4. Pittsburgh vs. 5. Tampa Bay

Wed. April 13 Game 1: @Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m.
Fri. April 15 Game 2: @Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m.
Mon. April 18 Game 3: @Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Wed. April 20 Game 4: @Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
*Sat. April 23 Game 5: @Pittsburgh TBD
*Mon. April 25 Game 6: @Tampa Bay TBD
*Wed. April 27 Game 7: @Pittsburgh TBD

Western Conference

1. Vancouver vs. 8. Chicago

Wed. April 13 Game 1: @Vancouver 10:00 p.m.
Fri. April 15 Game 2: @Vancouver 10:00 p.m.
Sun. April 17 Game 3: @Chicago 8:00 p.m.
Tue. April 19 Game 4: @Chicago 8:00 p.m.
*Thu. April 21 Game 5: @Vancouver 10:00 p.m.
*Sun. April 24 Game 6: @Chicago 8:00 p.m.
*Tue. April 26 Game 7: @Vancouver TBD

2. San Jose vs. 7. Los Angeles

Thu. April 14 Game 1: @San Jose 10:00 p.m.
Sat. April 16 Game 2: @San Jose 10:00 p.m.
Tue. April 19 Game 3: @Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
Thu. April 21 Game 4: @Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
*Sat. April 23 Game 5: @San Jose 10:30 p.m.
*Mon. April 25 Game 6: @Los Angeles TBD
*Wed. April 27Game 7: @San Jose TBD

3. Detroit vs. 6. Phoenix

Wed. April 13 Game 1: @Detroit 7:00 p.m.
Sat. April 16 Game 2: @Detroit 1:00 p.m.
Mon. April 18 Game 3: @Phoenix 10:30 p.m.
Wed. April 20 Game 4: @Phoenix 10:30 p.m.
*Fri. April 22 Game 5: @Detroit 7:00 p.m.
*Sun. April 24 Game 6: @Phoenix TBD
*Wed. April 27 Game 7: @Detroit TBD

4. Anaheim vs. 5. Nashville


Wed. April 13 Game 1: @Anaheim 10:30 p.m.
Fri. April 15 Game 2: @Anaheim 10:30 p.m.
Sun. April 17 Game 3: @Nashville TBD
Wed. April 20 Game 4: @Nashville TBD
*Fri. April 22 Game 5: @Anaheim 10:00 p.m.
*Sun. April 24 Game 6: @Nashville TBD
*Tue. April 26 Game 7: @Anaheim TBD

Burrows on waiving his no-trade clause: ‘I’ve never talked to management or coaches about it’

Vancouver Canucks' Alex Burrows celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
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Alex Burrows doesn’t want a trade out of Vancouver and he wants to make sure everyone knows it.

On Saturday, Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman reported that Burrows was potentially willing to waive his no-trade clause if a deal came up.

When asked about the report, Burrows went into denial mode.

“There’s no truth to that,” Burrows told beat reporter Ben Kuzma. “I’ve never talked to management or coaches about it.

“Last time I talked to my agent was to wish him Merry Christmas.”

Whether or not Burrows is willing to accept a deal out of Vancouver may be irrelevant.

The 34-year-old has seven goals and 16 points in 53 games this season, and he comes with a cap hit of $4.5 million dollars next season.

That’s pretty steep for a guy who’s on pace to score just 25 points this year.

If the Canucks want to find a taker for his services (assuming he’s willing to go), they’ll likely have to take a good-sized contract back or they’ll have to eat some of his remaining salary.

Marchand scores fastest goal in Bruins’ history; Datsyuk’s 900th point

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It makes sense that a swift bit of history happened in a game in which three goals were scored scored on three shots in about three minutes.

Brad Marchand found the net eight seconds in after an icing call, setting a new record for the Boston Bruins.

(You can see that goal in the video above.)

Watch that three-goal burst in this video:

The two teams weren’t done then. Loui Eriksson made it 3-1 while Pavel Datsyuk scored his 900th point to make it 3-2.

Maybe the best moment wasn’t a goal: Torey Krug was seemingly hurt by a Pavel Datsyuk hit, yet he returned without missing much time.

Kinkaid blanks Kings, Devils move into playoff position

New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) watches a shot on goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Newark N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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When the New Jersey Devils shut down a team 1-0, it’s usually with Cory Schneider in net.

Their workhorse got the afternoon off against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, yet Keith Kinkaid did his Schneider impression, grabbing his first NHL shutout in the process.

It was a low-event game with just 46 combined shots on goal, but Kinkaid had to work, stopping all 28 shots. To give you an idea of how tight this game was, the only tally was credited to David Schlemko on the power play.

This gives the Devils three straight wins. They managed to climb into third place in the Metropolitan Division, although New Jersey’s edge is a little misleading; the Islanders trail them by one standings point while holding three games in hand.

That leaves the Islanders in the bottom wild card spot, while the Penguins aren’t so far behind either.

Third in Metro: Devils – 65 points with 57 games played
Second wildcard: Islanders – 64 points, 54 GP
First spot outside the East playoffs: Penguins – 63 points, 54 GP

So, the Devils’ hold of a playoff spot is a bit tenuous, yet the bottom line is that they’re staying in the mix.

The Kings, meanwhile, remain comfortably in first in the Pacific.

WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings on NBC

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green (25) battle for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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The Boston Bruins (without Patrice Bergeron) take on the Detroit Red Wings (missing Jonathan Ericsson) on Sunday afternoon.

It’s a matchup between the second-ranked and third-ranked teams in the Atlantic Division, with little separating the two in the standings.

You can watch the game on NBC and also stream it online via the link below.

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