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Conference semifinals feature Crosby vs. Ovechkin

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
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 open up at home against Carolina Friday (7:30 p.m. ET) after the Hurricanes scored two goals in the last 80 seconds of Game 7 in New Jersey Tuesday night.

The other Eastern matchup will feature Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins traveling to visit Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, who pulled out their own 2-1 Game 7 heart-stopper Tuesday.  That series begins Saturday afternoon in D.C. (1 p.m. ET)

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 Friday (7:30 p.m. ET) in a battle of the last two Stanley Cup championship teams, while Chicago travels to Vancouver to open its conference semifinal series in the second round's opening game Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET.

Here is the complete schedule for the Eastern and Western conference semifinals:

#1 vs. #6
Friday, May 1 at Boston
Sunday, May 3 at Boston
Wednesday, May 6 at Carolina
Friday, May 8 at Carolina
*Sunday, May 10 at Boston
*Tuesday, May 12 at Carolina
*Thursday, May 14 at Boston
#2 vs. #4
Saturday, May 2 at Washington     1:00 pm
Monday, May 4 at Washington      7:00 pm
Wednesday, May 6 at Pittsburgh        7:00 pm
Friday, May 8 at Pittsburgh        7:00 pm
*Saturday, May 9 at Washington     7:00 pm
*Monday, May 11 at Pittsburgh        TBD
*Wednesday, May 13 at Washington     7:00 pm
#2 vs. #8
Friday, May 1 at Detroit
Sunday, May 3 at Detroit
Tuesday, May 5 at Anaheim
Thursday, May 7 at Anaheim
*Sunday, May 10 at Detroit
*Tuesday, May 12 at Anaheim
*Thursday, May 14 at Detroit
#1 vs. #8
Thursday, April 30 at Vancouver
Saturday, May 2 at Vancouver
Tuesday, May 5 at Chicago
Thursday, May 7 at Chicago
*Saturday, May 9 at Vancouver
*Monday, May 11 at Chicago
*Thursday, May 14 at Vancouver

Author: NHL .com

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