NHL releases first-round playoff schedule

Left to right: Phil Kessel, P.K. Subban, Daniel Alfredsson and Henrik Sedin. (CP Photo)

After a frantic end to the NHL’s lockout-shortened 48-game season, the seeding for each conference is decided and the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to kickoff Tuesday night.

The conference quarter-finals feature plenty of intriguing matchups, with the Toronto Maple Leafs facing the Boston Bruins in the post-season for the first time since 1974, Montreal and Ottawa meeting in an all-Canadian series and a rematch of last year’s Western Conference semifinal between the St. Louis Blues and defending champion L.A. Kings.

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Eastern Conference Quarter-finals

(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (8) New York Islanders

Game 1: Wednesday, May 1 @ 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 2: Friday, May 3 @ 7 p.m. ET
Game 3: Sunday, May 5 @ 12 p.m. ET
Game 4: Tuesday, May 7 @ 7 p.m. ET
* Game 5: Thursday, May 9 @ 7 p.m. ET
* Game 6: Saturday, May 11 @ TBD
* Game 7: Sunday, May 12 @ TBD
* If necessary


(2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (7) Ottawa Senators

Game 1: Thursday, May 2 @ 7 p.m. ET
Game 2: Friday, May 3 @ 7 p.m. ET
Game 3: Sunday, May 5 @ 7 p.m. ET
Game 4: Tuesday, May 7 @ 7 p.m. ET
* Game 5: Thursday, May 9 @ 7 p.m. ET
* Game 6: Saturday, May 11 @ TBD
* Game 7: Sunday, May 12 @ TBD
* If necessary


(3) Washington Capitals vs. (6) New York Rangers

Game 1: Thursday, May 2 @ 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 2: Saturday, May 4 @ 12:30 p.m. ET
Game 3: Monday, May 6 @ 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 4: Wednesday, May 8 @ 7:30 p.m. ET
* Game 5: Friday, May 10 @ 7:30 p.m. ET
* Game 6: Sunday, May 12 @ TBD
* Game 7: Monday, May 13 @ TBD
* If necessary


(4) Boston Bruins vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs

Game 1: Wednesday, May 1 @ 7 p.m. ET
Game 2: Saturday, May 4 @ 7 p.m. ET
Game 3: Monday, May 6 @ 7 p.m. ET
Game 4: Wednesday, May 8 @ 7 p.m. ET
* Game 5: Friday, May 10 @ 7 p.m. ET
* Game 6: Sunday, May 12 @ TBD
* Game 7: Monday, May 13 @ TBD
* If necessary


Western Conference Quarter-finals

(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (8) Minnesota Wild

Game 1: Tuesday, April 30 @ 8 p.m. ET
Game 2: Friday, May 3 @ 9:30 p.m. ET
Game 3: Sunday, May 5 @ 3 p.m. ET
Game 4: Tuesday, May 7 @ 9:30 p.m. ET
* Game 5: Thursday, May 9 @ TBD
* Game 6: Saturday, May 11 @ TBD
* Game 7: Sunday, May 12 @ TBD
* If necessary


(2) Anaheim Ducks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings

Game 1: Tuesday, April 30 @ 10:30 p.m. ET
Game 2: Thursday, May 2 @ 10 p.m. ET
Game 3: Saturday, May 4 @ 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 4: Monday, May 6 @ 8 p.m. ET
* Game 5: Wednesday, May 8 @ 10 p.m. ET
* Game 6: Friday, May 10 @ TBD
* Game 7: Sunday, May 12 @ TBD
* If necessary


(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) San Jose Sharks

Game 1: Wednesday, May 1 @ 10:30 p.m. ET
Game 2: Friday, May 3 @ 10 p.m. ET
Game 3: Sunday, May 5 @ 10 p.m. ET
Game 4: Tuesday, May 7 @ 10 p.m. ET
* Game 5: Thursday, May 9 @ 10 p.m. ET
* Game 6: Saturday, May 11 @ TBD
* Game 7: Monday, May 13 @ TBD
* If necessary


(4) St. Louis Blues vs. (5) Los Angeles Kings

Game 1: Tuesday, April 30 @ 8 p.m. ET
Game 2: Thursday, May 2 @ 9:30 p.m. ET
Game 3: Saturday, May 4 @ 10 p.m. ET
Game 4: Monday, May 6 @ 10 p.m. ET
* Game 5: Wednesday, May 8 @ TBD
* Game 6: Friday, May 10 @ TBD
* Game 7: Monday, May 13 @ TBD
* If necessary


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