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2012 Stanley Cup Playoff matchups determined

Sunday, 04.08.2012 / 1:16 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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2012 Stanley Cup Playoff matchups determined
An updated look at the playoff picture as individiual games finish on Saturday, the final day of the regular season.
The match-ups for the eight Conference Quarter-Final series of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set, having hinged on the 1,230th and final game of the regular-season schedule for the second consecutive year.

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in overtime to clinch the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, dropping the Kings to the No. 8 seed. The game capped a frenetic final day with all 30 NHL clubs in action over 12 hours, during which the Presidents' Trophy, two division titles, one conference title, seven of eight playoff match-ups and 11 of 16 playoff seeds were determined.

The match-ups for the Conference Quarter-Final round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs are:

Eastern Conference

Series 'A' 1 NY Rangers vs 8 OTTAWA
Series 'B' 2 Boston vs 7 WASHINGTON
Series 'C' 3 Florida vs 6 New JerseY
Series 'D' 4 Pittsburgh vs 5 Philadelphia

Western Conference

Series 'E' 1 Vancouver vs 8 LOS ANGELES
Series 'F' 2 St. Louis vs 7 SAN JOSE
Series 'G' 3 PhoeniX vs 6 CHICAGO
Series 'H' 4 NASHVILLE vs 5 DETROIT

The NHL will announce the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoff schedule Sunday afternoon.

Quote of the Day

I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final