Pens-Bolts Eastern Conference Final opens Friday

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From the league:

The National Hockey League today announced that Game 1 of the 2016 Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning has been scheduled for Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. The game will be televised exclusively on NBCSN in the U.S.

Additional information regarding the schedules for the Eastern Conference Final and Western Conference Final will be released tonight after the conclusion of Game 7 of the Second Round series between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues.

This marks Tampa Bay’s second consecutive appearance in the Eastern Conference final, having defeated the Rangers in seven games last year to advance to the Cup Final.

For the Pens, this is their first trip to the ECF since 2013, when they were swept by the Bruins.