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Stanley Cup Playoff matchups finalized

Capitals-Maple Leafs, Senators-Bruins, Ducks-Flames, Oilers-Sharks among first-round series

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The four remaining Stanley Cup Playoff matchups were finalized Sunday.

The Anaheim Ducks will play the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference First Round, and the Edmonton Oilers will face the San Jose Sharks.

 

In the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Washington Capitals in the first round, and the Boston Bruins will face the Ottawa Senators.

The Ducks clinched the Pacific Division in their 4-3 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings. Anaheim secured its series with Calgary, the first wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference, when it earned a point for getting to overtime.

Edmonton, which finished second in the Pacific, entered Sunday with a chance for its first division title in 30 years with a victory and an Anaheim regulation loss. The Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in their season finale. 

The Sharks finished third in the Pacific.

The other two matchups in the Western Conference were determined Saturday. The Chicago Blackhawks will play the Nashville Predators, and the Minnesota Wild will face the St. Louis Blues.

Toronto finished as the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference when it lost 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their regular-season finale Sunday. The Maple Leafs would have finished third in the Atlantic Division with a win or a loss in overtime or the shootout.

Toronto's regulation loss meant the Bruins finished third in the Atlantic. Boston will begin the postseason on the road against Ottawa, which finished in second place in the division.

The other two matchups in the Eastern Conference had already been set. The Atlantic Division-winning Montreal Canadiens will play the New York Rangers, who finished as the first wild card from the East, and the Pittsburgh Penguins (second place in Metropolitan) will face the Blue Jackets (third place in Metropolitan).

The playoffs begin Wednesday.

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