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Stanley Cup playoff schedule 2019: Dates, Times, TV Channel, scores for every game

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Stanley Cup playoff schedule 2019: Dates, Times, TV Channel, scores for every game

The Boston Bruins will open the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs against a familiar foe in the rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

These Atlantic Division franchises played a thrilling seven-game series last season (as well as 2013), and Boston emerged victorious with a Game 7 win at TD Garden. That's where this season's first-round matchup will start on Thursday. 

The Bruins, Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning finished the regular season with three of the top five records in the NHL, and yet two of them are guaranteed be eliminated before the Eastern Conference finals. The league's divisional playoff format has drawn a lot of criticism in recent years, but this season saw an increase in that frustration. So much so that Lightning captain Steven Stamkos even stood up for the Bruins and Leafs when explaining the issues he has with the current format.

The Bruins have the talent, depth and experience needed to reach the Stanley Cup Final, where they haven't been since 2013. The road to the SCF won't be easy, and if the Bruins do make it that far, their two toughest opponents of the playoffs could come in the first two rounds. 

Most of the top Stanley Cup contenders are in the Eastern Conference, but that doesn't mean the Western Conference series will lack drama and intrigue. The West is wide open, with no clear favorite poised to claim the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl. This scenario should make for awesome action out West.

Here's the television schedule for every first-round series. Check back to this article each day for updated schedules and scores for every game (all times ET). Games also can be watched via live stream on NBC by clicking here.

STANLEY CUP FINAL
Boston Bruins (A2) vs. St. Louis Blues (C3)

Game 1 at Boston: Bruins 4, Blues 2
Game 2 at Boston: Blues 3, Bruins 2 (OT)
Game 3 at St. Louis: Bruins 7, Blues 2
Game 4 at St. Louis: Blues 4, Bruins 2
Game 5 at Boston: Blues 2, Bruins 1
Game 6 at St. Louis: Bruins 5, Blues 1
Game 7 at Boston: Wednesday, June 12 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Tampa Bay Lightning (A1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (WC2)
Wednesday, April 10: Blue Jackets 4, Lightning 3
Friday, April 12: Blue Jackets 5, Lightning 1
Sunday, April 14: Blue Jackets 3, Lightning 1
Tuesday, April 16: Blue Jackets 7, Lightning 3
Blue Jackets win series 4-0

Boston Bruins (A2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (A3)
Thursday, April 11: Leafs 4, Bruins 1
Saturday, April 13: Bruins 4, Leafs 1
Monday, April 15: Leafs 3, Bruins 2
Wednesday, April 17: Bruins 6, Leafs 4
Friday, April 19: Leafs 2, Bruins 1
Sunday, April 21: Bruins 4, Leafs 2
Tuesday, April 23: Bruins 5, Leafs 1
Bruins win series 4-3

Washington Capitals (M1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (WC1)
Thursday, April 11: Capitals 4, Hurricanes 2
Saturday, April 13: Capitals 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)
Monday, April 15: Hurricanes 5, Capitals 0
Thursday, April 18: Hurricanes 2, Capitals 1
Saturday, April 20: Capitals 6, Hurricanes 0
Monday, April 22: Hurricanes 5, Capitals 2
Wednesday, April 24: Hurricanes 4, Capitals 3 (2OT)
Hurricanes win series 4-3

New York Islanders (M2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (M3)
Wednesday, April 10: Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (OT)
Friday, April 12: Islanders 3, Penguins 1
Sunday, April 14: Islanders 4, Penguins 1
Tuesday, April 16: Islanders 3, Penguins 1
Islanders win series 4-0

SECOND ROUND
Boston Bruins (A2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (WC2)
Thursday, April 25: Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT)
Saturday, April 27: Blue Jackets 3, Bruins 2 (2OT)
Tuesday, April 30: Blue Jackets 2, Bruins 1
Thursday, May 2: Bruins 4, Blue Jackets 1
Saturday, May 4: Bruins 4, Blue Jackets 3
Monday, May 6: Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 0
Bruins win series 4-2

Carolina Hurricanes (WC1) vs. New York Islanders (M2)
Friday, April 26: Hurricanes 1, Islanders 0 (OT)
Sunday, April 28: Hurricanes 2, Islanders 1
Wednesday, May 1: Hurricanes 5, Islanders 2
Friday, May 3: Hurricanes 5, Islanders 2
Hurricanes win series 4-0

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Boston Bruins (A2) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (WC1)
Thursday, May 9: Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2
Sunday, May 12: Bruins 6, Hurricanes 2
Tuesday, May 14: Bruins 2, Hurricanes 1
Thursday, May 16: Bruins 3, Hurricanes 0
Bruins win series 4-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Nashville Predators (C1) vs. Dallas Stars (WC2)
Wednesday, April 10: Stars 3, Predators 2
Saturday, April 13: Predators 2, Stars 1 (OT)
Monday, April 15: Predators 3, Stars 2
Wednesday, April 17: Stars 5, Predators 1
Saturday, April 20: Stars 5, Predators 3
Monday, April 22: Stars 2, Predators 1 (OT)
Stars win series 4-2

Winnipeg Jets (C2) vs. St. Louis Blues (C3)
Wednesday, April 10: Blues 2, Jets 1
Friday, April 12: Blues 4, Jets 3
Sunday, April 14: Jets 6, Blues 3
Tuesday, April 16: Jets 2, Blues 1 (OT)
Thursday, April 18: Blues 3, Jets 2
Saturday, April 20: Blues 3, Jets 2
Blues win series 4-2

Calgary Flames (P1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (WC1)
Thursday, April 11: Flames 4, Avalanche 0
Saturday, April 13: Avalanche 3, Flames 2 (OT)
Monday, April 15: Avalanche 6, Flames 2
Wednesday, April 17: Avalanche 3, Flames 2 (OT)
Friday, April 19: Avalanche 5, Flames 1
Avs win series 4-1

San Jose Sharks (P2) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (P3)
Wednesday, April 10: Sharks 5, Golden Knights 2
Friday, April 12: Golden Knights 5, Sharks 3
Sunday, April 14: Golden Knights 6, Sharks 3
Tuesday, April 16: Golden Knights 5, Sharks 0
Thursday, April 18: Sharks 5, Golden Knights 2
Sunday, April 21: Sharks 2, Golden Knights 1 (2OT)
Tuesday, April 23: Sharks 5, Golden Knights 4 (OT)
San Jose wins series 4-3

SECOND ROUND
Colorado Avalanche (WC1) vs. San Jose Sharks (P2)
Friday, April 26: Sharks 5, Avalanche 2
Sunday, April 28: Avalanche 4, Sharks 3
Tuesday, April 30: Sharks 4, Avalanche 2
Thursday, May 2: Avalanche 3, Sharks 0
Saturday, May 4: Sharks 2, Avalanche 1
Monday, May 6: Sharks at Avalanche, 10pm
*Wednesday, May 8: Avalanche at Sharks, TBD

St. Louis Blues (C3) vs. Dallas Stars (WC2)
Thursday, April 25: Blues 3, Stars 2
Saturday, April 27: Stars 4, Blues 2
Monday, April 29: Blues 4, Stars 3
Wednesday, May 1: Stars 4, Blues 2
Friday, May 3: Stars 2, Blues 1
Sunday, May 5: Blues 4, Stars 1
*Tuesday, May 7: Blues 2, Stars 1 (2OT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
San Jose Sharks (P2) vs. St. Louis Blues (C3)
Saturday, May 11: Sharks 6, Blues 3
Monday, May 13: Blues 4, Sharks 2
Wednesday, May 15: Sharks 5, Blues 4 (OT)
Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m. in St. Louis:
Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. in San Jose: 
Tuesday, May 21 at 8 p.m. in St. Louis: If necessary
Wednesday, May 23 at 9 p.m. in San Jose: If necessary

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'Celebratory' Brett Hull the highlight of St. Louis Blues championship parade

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'Celebratory' Brett Hull the highlight of St. Louis Blues championship parade

It's a beautiful day in Boston. Would be great for a.....

OK, we won't say it. 

Ouch.

And for you masochistic Bruins fans, here's a peek at the Blues' Stanley Cup victory parade.

The true highlight though was a let's say, buzzed Brett Hull, the Hall of Famer and ex-Blues great, addressing the more than half a million revelers in downtown St. Louis.

"We went, Blues!"

Twelve parades in 18 years and no Papelbon jig, Gronk beer spike or Paul Pierce coughing up a victory cigar can really match that. 

 

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