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2011 Stanley Cup playoffs second round schedule

Let’s make no mistake about it; the first round of the 2011 playoffs is going to be tough to match. There were nine straight nights with at least one overtime game, including two Game 7’s that went beyond regulation. Those eight series featured plenty of comeback wins and high-pressure hockey.

For a quick preview of the 2011 semifinals, click here. Now let’s look at the game-by-game schedules for the four series that will take place in the second round, with a note for any contests that will be covered by Versus or NBC. (For information regarding TV schedules in Canada, click here.)

Included: Date, where the game will take place, start time and channel (if applicable). Italics indicate “if necessary” and TBD means to be determined. All start times are according to Eastern Standard Time (ET).

Important Note: Some games might be joined in progress on Versus and this schedule is subject to change.

Eastern Conference semifinals

1. Washington Capitals vs. 5. Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 1: Friday, April 29     at Washington, 7:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 2: Sunday, May 1     at Washington, 7:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 3: Tuesday, May 3     at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 4: Wednesday, May 4     at Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Saturday, May 7     at Washington, 12:30 p.m.     NBC
Game 6: Monday, May 9     at Tampa Bay, TBD     VERSUS
Game 7: Wednesday, May 11     at Washington, TBD     VERSUS

2. Philadelphia Flyers vs. 3. Boston Bruins

Game 1: Saturday, April 30     at Philadelphia, 3:00 p.m.     NBC
Game 2: Monday, May 2     at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 3: Wednesday, May 4     at Boston, 7:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 4: Friday, May 6     at Boston, 8:00 p.m.
Game 5: Sunday, May 8     at Philadelphia, 3:00 p.m.     NBC
Game 6: Tuesday, May 10     at Boston, TBD     VERSUS
Game 7: Thursday, May 12     at Philadelphia, TBD     VERSUS

Western Conference semifinals

1. Vancouver Canucks vs. 5. Nashville Predators

Game 1: Thursday, April 28     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 2: Saturday, April 30     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 3: Tuesday, May 3     at Nashville, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 4: Thursday, May 5     at Nashville, 8:30 p.m.    VERSUS
Game 5: Saturday, May 7     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 6: Monday, May 9     at Nashville, TBD     VERSUS
Game 7: Wednesday, May 11     at Vancouver, TBD     VERSUS

2. San Jose Sharks vs. 3. Detroit Red Wings

Game 1: Friday, April 29     at San Jose, 10:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 2: Sunday, May 1     at San Jose, 3:00 p.m.     NBC
Game 3: Wednesday, May 4     at Detroit, 8:00 p.m.
Game 4: Friday, May 6     at Detroit, 7:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 5: Sunday, May 8     at San Jose, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 6: Tuesday, May 10     at Detroit, TBD     VERSUS
Game 7: Thursday, May 12     at San Jose, TBD     VERSUS

Latest report leaves Carey Price’s injury timeline fuzzy

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There’s one thing we seem to know about Carey Price‘s injury situation: he first got hurt stepping on a puck on Oct. 29, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Contrary to earlier reports about him missing about a month, it sounds like his window of recovery is still up in the air (which, to be fair, could mean that he’ll still miss about a month when it’s all said and done).

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Price underwent testing with Montreal’s team doctor on Saturday and is expected to go through more; we may not know more about his expected injury timeline until early this coming week.

So, basically, Price’s situation is fuzzier than his mustache right now.

Leg injuries can be tricky anyway, so we shouldn’t be too surprised that there are mixed signals regarding Price, and this may remain a fluid situation for some time.

(But we’ll hopefully know more soon enough.)

Lightning lament life as a .500 team

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have plenty of time to rise above mediocrity, yet it still must be deserving to finish at .500 for two straight months.

After last night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders, that’s exactly where they find themselves:

Record at the end of October: 5-5-2

Record at the end of November: 11-11-3

As of this writing, the Lightning found themselves on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. It all stands as a pretty tough thing for the reigning Eastern Conference champs to swallow.

The uncomfortable-yet-vital question is: can the Lightning break out of this funk?

Looking at their schedule, it won’t be easy, at least not right away.

They crawl through California during a three-game road trip to start December, and they also face six of eight on the road from Dec. 2 – 18.

The Lightning soak up home dates to finish 2015 after that, but what damage will be done by then?

Frankly, the Bolts will need to dig deep to break this pattern. If nothing else, they’ve fought with their backs against the wall before.

Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby


Sometimes a suspension will shame a player, or at least inspire him to change the way he plays.

That apparently won’t happen regarding Brandon Dubinsky‘s one-game timeout session for cross-checking Sidney Crosby.

Dubinsky told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch that he won’t alter his style, whether it’s against Crosby or someone else.

“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”

In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.

One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.

Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?

Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).

Bad news for Boedker: Coyotes won’t face Sens again in 2015-16


Sorry Mikkel Boedker, you won’t get to face the Ottawa Senators again this season.

OK, it could happen if the speedster is traded from the Arizona Coyotes. He could also face the Senators in the unlikely instance that the two teams fight it out in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

Beyond those two possibilities, Saturday night was it, and Boedker must have been licking his chops much like an actual coyote.

For the second straight game, Boedker managed a hat trick against the Senators, helping Arizona beat Ottawa 4-3 last night. His third tally stood as the game-winner in a 4-3 victory.

You can watch all three goals in the video above.

It’s oddly fitting that Boedker has three goals this season … against teams not named the Ottawa Senators.