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Conference semifinals feature Penguins-Caps, Ducks-Wings

Tuesday, 04.28.2009 / 10:12 PM / Conference Semifinals: Boston vs. Carolina

By NHL.com Staff

Whew. On to the second round.

After the dismissal of the President's Trophy winner and two razor-close Game 7 showdowns in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins are the new owners of home ice advantage throughout the playoffs--as long they are in contention for hockey's coveted Stanley Cup. Boston will face the Carolina Hurricanes, who pulled  an improbable 4-3 last-minute win in a Game 7 Tuesday night at New Jersey.

The other Eastern matchup will feature 2008 Stanley Cup finalist Pittsburgh opening on the road against the Washington Capitals, who pulled out their own 2-1 Game 7 heart-stopper Tuesday.

The matchups in the Western Conference were set Monday night after the No. 8 Anaheim Ducks closed out intrastate rival and top seed San Jose in six, and Chicago's young Blackhawks did the same six-and-out number on the Flames at the Saddledome. Anaheim travels to Detroit to open its second-round series in a battle of the last two Stanley Cup championship teams, while Chicago travels to Vancouver to open its conference semifinal series.
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