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2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round schedule

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Here are the schedules and TV information for the first round. For the sixth consecutive year, every Stanley Cup playoff game will be presented nationally across the platforms of NBC Sports Group and select NBCUniversal networks.

(Games listed by date, start time, teams and network.)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers

Wednesday, April 12 7 p.m. NY Rangers at Montreal NBCSN (Game 1 highlights)
Friday, April 14 7 p.m. NY Rangers at Montreal USA (Game 2 highlights)
Sunday, April 16 7 p.m. Montreal at NY Rangers NBCSN (Game 3 highlights)
Tuesday, April 18 7 p.m. Montreal at NY Rangers NBCSN (Game 4 highlights)
Thursday, April 20 7 p.m. NY Rangers at Montreal USA (Game 5 highlights)
Saturday, April 22 8 p.m. Montreal at NY Rangers NBC (Watch)
*Monday, April 24 TBD NY Rangers at Montreal TBD

Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Thursday, April 13 7 p.m. Toronto at Washington USA (Game 1 highlights)
Saturday, April 15 7 p.m. Toronto at Washington NBCSN (Game 2 highlights)
Monday, April 17 7 p.m. Washington at Toronto NBCSN (Game 3 highlights)
Wednesday, April 19 7 p.m. Washington at Toronto NBCSN (Game 4 highlights)
Friday, April 21 7 p.m. Toronto at Washington NBCSN (Watch)
*Sunday, April 23 TBD Washington at Toronto TBD
*Tuesday, April 25 TBD Toronto at Washington TBD

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins

Wednesday, April 12 7 p.m. Boston at Ottawa NHL Network (Game 1 highlights)
Saturday, April 15 3 p.m. Boston at Ottawa NBC (Game 2 highlights)
Monday, April 17 7 p.m. Ottawa at Boston CNBC (Game 3 highlights)
Wednesday, April 19 7:30 p.m. Ottawa at Boston USA (Game 4 highlights)
Friday, April 21 7:30 p.m. Boston at Ottawa USA (Watch)
*Sunday, April 23 TBD Ottawa at Boston TBD
*Wednesday, April 26 TBD Boston at Ottawa TBD

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Wednesday, April 12 7:30 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh USA (Game 1 highlights)
Friday, April 14 7 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh NHL Network (Game 2 highlights)
Sunday, April 16 6 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus CNBC (Game 3 highlights)
Tuesday, April 18 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus CNBC (Game 4 highlights)
Thursday, April 20 7 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh NHL Network (Game 5 highlights)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators

Thursday, April 13 8 p.m. Nashville at Chicago NBCSN (Game 1 highlights)
Saturday, April 15 8 p.m. Nashville at Chicago NBC (Game 2 highlights)
Monday, April 17 9:30 p.m. Chicago at Nashville CNBC (Game 3 highlights)
Thursday, April 20 8 p.m. Chicago at Nashville NBCSN (Game 4 highlights)

Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues

Wednesday, April 12 9:30 p.m. St. Louis at Minnesota NBCSN (Game 1 highlights)
Friday, April 14 8 p.m. St. Louis at Minnesota NBCSN (Game 2 highlights)
Sunday, April 16 3 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis NBC (Game 3 highlights)
Wednesday, April 19 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis NBCSN (Game 4 highlights)
Saturday, April 22 3 p.m. St. Louis at Minnesota NBC (Watch)
*Monday, April 24 TBD Minnesota at St. Louis TBD
*Wednesday, April 26 TBD St. Louis at Minnesota TBD

Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames

Thursday, April 13 10:30 p.m. Calgary at Anaheim NBCSN (Game 1 highlights)
Saturday, April 15 10:30 p.m. Calgary at Anaheim NBCSN (Game 2 highlights)
Monday, April 17 10 p.m. Anaheim at Calgary NBCSN (Game 3 highlights)
Wednesday, April 19 10 p.m. Anaheim at Calgary USA (Game 4 highlights)

Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks

Wednesday, April 12 10 p.m. San Jose at Edmonton USA (Game 1 highlights)
Friday, April 14 10:30 p.m. San Jose at Edmonton NBCSN (Game 2 highlights)
Sunday, April 16 10 p.m. Edmonton at San Jose NBCSN (Game 3 highlights)
Tuesday, April 18 10 p.m. Edmonton at San Jose NBCSN (Game 4 highlights)
Thursday, April 20 10:30 p.m. San Jose at Edmonton NBCSN (Game 5 highlights)
Saturday, April 22 10:30 p.m. Edmonton at San Jose NBCSN (Watch)
*Monday, April 24 TBD San Jose at Edmonton TBD

*if necessary

2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule for Sunday, April 23

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Only two series remain in the first-round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and both of them continue on Sunday.

First, the Boston Bruins look to push their first-round series to a seventh game after their double overtime win on Friday when they host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday afternoon. That game will be followed by Washington Capitals trying to, as Barry Trotz wants to see, push the Toronto Maple Leafs off the cliff.

Here is everything you for Sunday’s games, both of which will be shown on the NBC networks and streamed online.

Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators

Time: 3:00 p.m. ET

Network: NBC (Stream Online Here)

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Network: NBCSN (Stream Online Here)

Video: Oilers showed off depth beyond McDavid in beating Sharks

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As the Art Ross winner and Hart Trophy frontrunner, there’s no doubt that Connor McDavid is the catalyst for the Edmonton Oilers.

Still, the scary thing for opponents is that, while he created chances against the San Jose Sharks, McDavid wasn’t exactly lighting them up for points.

Nope, as Mike Rupp and Jeremy Roenick discuss in the video above, the Oilers advanced thanks as much to depth scorers – and deft goaltending from Cam Talbot – as they did because of McDavid’s blistering combination of skill and speed.

Now, the Anaheim Ducks rank as an interesting opponent. While the Sharks could slow McDavid with one of the few blueliners who could really give him trouble – relatively speaking – in Marc-Edouard Vlasic, it remains to be seen if Anaheim can accomplish the same.

(A fully healthy Hampus Lindholm would increase their odds, mind you.)

Either way, the Oilers’ “other guys” deserve some credit, and they get it in the video above.

The West’s next round is now set (and wide-open)

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Saturday was a great day for fans of brevity and revenge.

Three of a possible three series ended on this day, with the Rangers dispatching the Canadiens, the Blues eliminating the “better” Wild, and the Oilers knocking off the Sharks in six.

The Rangers await either the Bruins or Senators and the Penguins face the winner of the Leafs – Capitals series out East, but we now know how the West shakes out.

St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators

Both teams provided some of the upsets of this young postseason. Each features a red-hot goalie in Jake Allen and Pekka Rinne. Interesting.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers

There will be a lot of orange. We may also see a ton of goals with Ryan Getzlaf on fire, Oscar Klefbom headlining the list of unhealthy players and Connor McDavid possibly able to really take off against a Ducks defense that is beat up in its own right.

It’s already been a strange season out West, with the Kings missing the playoffs and first-round exits for the Sharks and Blackhawks. Get ready – and giddy – for things to get even weirder as the postseason goes along.

Oilers win first series since 2006 after Sharks fall crossbar short of overtime

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After making the playoffs for the first time since 2006, the Edmonton Oilers weren’t just “happy to be there.” They confirmed as much by eliminating the San Jose Sharks with a 3-1 victory in Game 6, winning the series 4-2.

Yes, those young Oilers just eliminated the team that represented the West in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. Wow.

Ultimately, winning the breakaway battle in the second period indeed made the difference. Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev scored on their chances in the middle frame while Patrick Marleau could not; Slepyshev’s 2-0 goal ultimately became the series-clincher.

Now, that’s not to say that Marleau was a drag on San Jose. If this is it for one of the faces of the franchise, he had a great 2016-17, including generating the Sharks’ final goal of the postseason.

The Shark Tank was alive after Marleau reduced the Oilers’ lead to 2-1, and more than a few blood pressures rose – both in Edmonton and San Jose – after the Sharks got this close to tying things up.

Wow.

With this result, the West is set. The St. Louis Blues will take on the Nashville Predators while the Oilers face the Anaheim Ducks.

As much as people try to put the training wheels on Connor McDavid & Co., the West is wide-open enough that it’s not so outrageous to imagine a big run for Edmonton.

Beating the Sharks is a pretty nice way of adding an exclamation point to that statement win. And hey … they beat the Sharks last time around, too.