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2011 Stanley Cup playoffs: Conference finals schedule

The hockey world is still waiting upon a winner between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings – a series that could be determined tonight, if the Sharks succeed – but the NHL already set a schedule for both conference finals.

Interestingly enough, the schedule for Sharks/Red Wings games are pretty similar except for start times. That’s what happens when you play in different time zones, though. For most people, this should come as painfully obvious, but keep in mind that only one of those Western Conference finals can actually happen.

(We’ll delete the possibility that ends up going away, once that time comes.)

Anyway, here’s the schedule for the conference finals, which will enjoy complete coverage from Versus and NBC. Keep in mind these things are subject to change, though. Italics indicate games that might not be necessary.

2011 Eastern Conference finals

3. Boston Bruins vs. 5. Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 1: Saturday, May 14     at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET    VERSUS
Game 2: Tuesday, May 17     at Boston, 8:00 p.m.  ET   VERSUS
Game 3: Thursday, May 19     at Tampa Bay, 8:00 p.m.ET     VERSUS
Game 4: Saturday, May 21     at Tampa Bay, 1:30 p.m. ET    NBC
Game 5: Monday, May 23     at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET    VERSUS
Game 6: Wednesday, May 25     at Tampa Bay, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 7: Friday, May 27     at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS

2011 Western Conference finals

Scenario 1

1. Vancouver Canucks vs. 2. San Jose Sharks

Game 1: Sunday, May 15     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 2: Wednesday, May 18     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 3: Friday, May 20     at San Jose, 9:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 4: Sunday, May 22     at San Jose, 3:00 p.m. ET     NBC
Game 5: Tuesday, May 24     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. ET    VERSUS
Game 6: Thursday, May 26     at San Jose, 9:00 p.m. ET    VERSUS
Game 7: Saturday, May 28     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET  VERSUS

Scenario 2

1. Vancouver Canucks vs. 3. Detroit Red Wings

Game 1: Sunday, May 15     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET  VERSUS
Game 2: Wednesday, May 18     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 3: Friday, May 20     at Detroit, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 4: Sunday, May 22     at Detroit, 3:00 p.m. ET     NBC
Game 5: Tuesday, May 24     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 6: Thursday, May 26     at Detroit, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 7: Saturday, May 28     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS

Twitter unveils plan to stream NHL games

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Twitter will live stream for free one Major League Baseball game and one NHL game per week under a new deal.

The agreement announced Monday will allow viewers to watch games nationally that would normally be available only in the two teams’ home markets. Users will not need to be logged into Twitter to see the games.

The baseball games will also be available outside the U.S., with some exceptions. Twitter did not announce the game schedule Monday.

The social media network is attempting to move into live sports streaming through “over-the-top” broadcasts, which do not require a cable subscription. In April, Twitter reached a deal with the NFL to stream 10 “Thursday Night Football” games this fall.

Former Flyers goalie Heeter signs with Detroit’s AHL team

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The Red Wings added some goalie depth on Monday, agreeing to terms with journeyman Cal Heeter.

Heeter, 27, broke in with the Flyers organization a while back and made his big-league debut in ’13-14, appearing in one game.

Since then, he’s bounced around the ECHL, AHL (with the Toronto Marlies) and, last season, split his time between Hamburg of the German League and Zagreb Medvescak of the KHL.

By itself, this signing isn’t especially noteworthy, as Heeter projects to be an American League mainstay next year.

But the contract is kind of interesting when looking and the big-picture goalie situation in Detroit. The Wings now have Heeter, Petr Mrazek, Jimmy Howard, Jared Coreau, Eddie Pasquale and Jake Paterson all under contract for next season, which is an awful lot of goalies.

With that in mind, remember that Howard’s name has been in trade talks for quite some time.


Ex-NHLers Bellemore, Collins sign with KHL’s Chinese club

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HC Kunlun Red Star, the Beijing-based expansion team that will begin playing in the KHL next season, has added a pair of former NHLers.

Sean Collins, who appeared in a pair of games for the Capitals last season, and Brett Bellemore, a veteran of over 100 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes, have agreed to join the club, per Russian news outlet R-Sport.

Bellemore, 28, was originally drafted by the ‘Canes in 2007 and spent most of his professional career with the organization. He signed on with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence last year, and appeared in 56 games.

Collins, 27, broke in with the Blue Jackets before signing with the Caps last season. He spent the majority of the year in AHL Hershey and fared well — 16 goals and 39 points in 75 games — and scored three times in the playoffs, helping the Bears advance to the Calder Cup final.


Report: Journeyman Santorelli signs in Swiss League

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Veteran forward Mike Santorelli, who’s appeared in over 400 NHL contests over the last eight years, is headed overseas.

Per multiple reports (see here and here), Santorelli has signed with Geneve-Servette of the Swiss League. The 30-year-old spent last season with the Ducks, scoring nine goals and 18 points in 70 games but didn’t dress for any of the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Nashville.

Santorelli broke into the NHL with Nashville but enjoyed his best years with Florida and Vancouver. He was a former 20-goal scorer with the Panthers and enjoyed a successful stint with his hometown Canucks in ’13-14, scoring 28 points in 49 games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

Santorelli is the second veteran forward to sign in the Swiss League recently. Over the weekend, fellow journeyman Kris Versteeg agreed to join SC Bern.