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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

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoffs schedule for tonight

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The Stanley Cup playoffs continue with two games on Friday night. You can catch tonight’s games via the NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.

St. Louis at Dallas (8:00 p.m. ET)

The TV broadcast of Game 1 will be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

Nashville at San Jose (10:30 p.m. ET)

The TV broadcast of Game 1 will also be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

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Report: NHL, NHLPA agree on expansion draft rules

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The NHL and NHLPA have agreed on the framework for a potential expansion draft, according to TSN’s Gary Lawless.

Last month, we found out what each team will be able to protect if ever the NHL adds expansion franchises. Bill Daly made it clear that each existing team would only lose one player per expansion team coming into the league. More specifically, teams would be allowed to protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goalie or eight skaters (any position).

Although this agreement between the league and PA doesn’t guarantee expansion will happen, it does ensure that one major step is out of the way if ever the league decided to add a team or two.

The agreement between the two sides also includes an expansion scenario for players with no-trade or no-movement clauses in their contracts.

Here’s an excerpt from Lawless’ story:

The NHL has hundreds of steps to go through before expansion can potentially become a reality and getting an agreement with the NHLPA was viewed as near top of the list. The executive committee would not have recommended expansion to the NHL’s board of governors for the purpose of a vote without an agreement in place with the NHLPA, and in particular, a resolution on how existing no-trade and no-move clauses will be handled.

Las Vegas and Quebec City have been mentioned as two potential destinations for  expansion franchises in the near future. As Lawless mentions in his story, NHL general managers were told to expect a decision on expansion for 2017-18 by the NHL Entry Draft in June.

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PHT Morning Skate: Nick Foligno pulled off an awesome prank on Cam Atkinson

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

John Tavares and Steven Stamkos once played on the same youth team. That team went 49-0-1. (Newsday)

–Which team deserves to win the NHL Draft lottery? (Winnipeg Sun)

–Rick DiPietro wasn’t happy about something Mike Francesca said. (BarDown)

–Watch the highlights from last night’s game between the Capitals and Penguins. (Top)

Nick Foligno pretended to be a season ticket holder and pranked Cam Atkinson. Funny stuff.

–Prior to Game 1 between the Penguins and Capitals, T.J. Oshie‘s daughter was filmed kicking a Penguins poster. Maybe she should do it more often because her father scored a hat trick just a few hours later. (Instagram)

–Brett Hull says “goals don’t matter” when you play for Ken Hitchcock. (Sportsnet)

Oshie’s hat trick lets Caps just barely squeak by Penguins in OT

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What a start.

This series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals might be headlined by Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, but as many have said in the lead-up to tonight’s opener, there is so much more to this second round matchup than that. Washington’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 tonight could be offered up as Exhibit A.

This game had everything except big offensive showings from Crosby and Ovechkin. They had their moments, but in the end combined for just one assist.

What we got instead was a hat trick by T.J. Oshie that was completed with a game-winning goal that made it past the line by such a narrow margin that it warranted a video review:

This game also featured a sequence of three goals in 90 seconds and yet also some great saves by goaltenders Braden Holtby and Matt Murray. At the other end of the spectrum, there was a controversial hit by Tom Wilson that might lead to a suspension.

There was even some odd stuff. Like how Jay Beagle got a stick stuck in his equipment.

Twice:

If this game sets the tone for the rest of the series, then we should be in for a closely contested, highlight filled affair.

NOTES:

Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin and Ben Lovejoy accounted for the Penguins’ other markers.

— Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky scored the game’s opening goal. It was his first marker of the 2016 playoffs.

— Washington outshot Pittsburgh 15-9 in the first period, but Pittsburgh ended up with a 45-35 edge.

— This is the first time in the 2016 playoffs that Braden Holtby has allowed more than two goals. He surrendered just five goals in six games to Philadelphia.

— Matt Murray suffered his first career postseason loss after winning three straight contests against the New York Rangers.