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Bruins-Capitals series to start Thursday

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Bruins-Capitals series to start Thursday

The Bruins opening four games of their first round playoff series with the Washington Capitals has been released. It includes a Thursday night opener at TD Garden, a nationally televised game on Saturday on NBC, and two days off in Washington DC between games.

The Bruins will open against the Caps with a 7:30 start at TD Garden on Thursday, April 12 and host Game 2 at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon to be televised nationally on the NBC Network.

That will be followed by road games in Washington, D.C. on Monday April 16 and Thursday April 19, both 7:30 pm starts. Then the series will return to Boston for another Saturday afternoon matinee at TD Garden if the Bruins-Capitals series goes past four games.

Game 6 would be Sunday, April 22 at the Verizon Center if needed, and a potential Game 7 would be Wednesday, April 25, at TD Garden.

That means the teams could have two days off between games on two separate occasions a rarity in the game-every-other day mode of the playoffs. Here is the full schedule with American and Canadian broadcast rights:

Thursday, April 12 7:30 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC Sports Network, CBC

Saturday, April 14 3 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC, CBC

Monday, April 16 7:30 p.m. Boston at Washington NBC Sports Network, CBC

Thursday, April 19 7:30 p.m. Boston at Washington NBC Sports Network, CBC

Saturday, April 21 3 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC, CBC

Sunday, April 22 TBD Boston at Washington TBD

Wednesday, April 25 TBD Washington at Boston TBD

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.

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Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE