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Stanley Cup playoff schedule 2020: Dates, Times, TV Channel, scores for every game

Stanley Cup playoff schedule 2020: Dates, Times, TV Channel, scores for every game

The start of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs is just a few days away.

The NHL's round robin and qualifying round series concluded Sunday, setting up all eight of the first round matchups. 

The qualifying round was full of surprises. Four of the eight series resulted in upsets, including the No. 12 seeds in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference winning their matchups against the No. 5 seeds. 

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The round robin didn't lack unexpected results, either. The Boston Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy with the league's best record in the regular season, but they finished at the bottom of the East's round robin standings after three consecutive losses. The defending champion St. Louis Blues had the best record in the West during the regular season and also struggled in the round robin with a fourth-place finish (1-2-1 record).

Could we see a first-round upset involving one or both of last season's Stanley Cup finalists? Anything is possible in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Here's the television schedule for every first-round series. Check back to this article each day for updated schedules and scores for all games (all times ET).

EASTERN CONFERENCE
FIRST ROUND

Philadelphia Flyers (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (12)
Game 1: Flyers 2, Canadiens 1
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. -- MTL at PHI (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. -- PHI at MTL (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. -- PHI at MTL (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD -- MTL at PHI (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD -- MTL at PHI (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD -- MTL at PHI (TBD)

Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (9)
Game 1: Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 2 (5OT)
Game 2: Blue Jackets 3, Lightning 1
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. -- TBL at CBJ (NBCSN, SN360, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. -- TBL at CBJ (NBCSN, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD -- CBJ at TBL (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD -- TBL at CBJ (TBD)
Game 7*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD -- CBJ at TBL (TBD)

Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Islanders (7)
Game 1: Islanders 4, Capitals 2
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. -- NYI at WSH (NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS)
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 12 p.m. -- WSH at NYI (USA, SN360, TVAS)
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. -- WSH at NYI (NBCSN)
Game 5*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD -- NYI at WSH (TBD)
Game 6*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD -- WSH at NYI (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD -- NYI at WSH (TBD)

Boston Bruins (4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (6)
Game 1: Bruins 4, Hurricanes 3 (2OT)
Game 2: Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 12 p.m. -- BOS at CAR (NBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. -- BOS at CAR (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD -- CAR at BOS (TBD)
Game 6*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD -- BOS at CAR (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD -- CAR at BOS (TBD)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
FIRST ROUND

Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (12)
Game 1: Golden Knights 4, Blackhawks 1
Game 2: Golden Knights 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. -- VGK at CHI (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. -- VGK at CHI (NBCSN, SN1, SN360)
Game 5*: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at TBD -- CHI at VGK (TBD)
Game 6*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD -- VGK at CHI (TBD)
Game 7*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD -- CHI at VGK (TBD)

Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (11)
Game 1: Avalanche 3, Coyotes 0
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. -- ARI at COL (NHLN, SN360, TVAS)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. -- COL at ARI (CNBC, SN360, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. -- COL at ARI (NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD -- ARI at COL (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD -- COL at ARI (TBD)
Game 7: *Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD -- ARI at COL (TBD)

Dallas Stars (3) vs. Calgary Flames (8)
Game 1: Flames 3, Stars 2
Game 2: Stars 5, Flames 4
Game 3: Friday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 p.m. -- DAL at CGY (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. -- DAL at CGY (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at TBD -- CGY at DAL(TBD)
Game 6*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD -- DAL at CGY (TBD)
Game 7*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD -- CGY at DAL (TBD)

St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (7)
Game 1: Canucks 5, Blues 2
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. -- VAN at STL (NHLN, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 10:30 p.m. -- STL at VAN (CNBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 p.m. -- STL at VAN (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD -- VAN at STL (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD -- STL at VAN (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD -- VAN at STL (TBD)

*If necessary

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Dougie Hamilton reacts to scoring Game 2 winner vs. former Bruins teammates

Dougie Hamilton reacts to scoring Game 2 winner vs. former Bruins teammates

Every playoff win feels awesome, but for the Carolina Hurricanes, victory in Game 2 of their first round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Boston Bruins must have felt extra sweet.

For starters, Carolina was pretty upset at the officiating in Boston's Game 1 win Wednesday. Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour was particularly angry and blasted the refs and the NHL in his postgame comments, which earned him a $25,000 fine. 

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The 'Canes didn't let their emotions get the best of them, though. The Bruins scored the opening goal in Game 2, but the Hurricanes responded with a tremendous second period that included goals 88 seconds apart. Carolina won the game in the third period when Dougie Hamilton unleashed a rocket of a shot that beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. 

Hamilton, of course, got his start in the NHL with the Bruins when they selected him No. 9 overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. The veteran defenseman played three seasons in Boston before the Original Six club traded him to the Calgary Flames ahead of the 2015 draft. 

What was Hamilton's reaction to scoring the game-winner against his former team? Here's what he told reporters after Game 2:

It's hard to argue with Hamilton on that one.

Hamilton finished with one goal and five shots on net in a team-leading 24:20 of ice time Thursday night. He also blocked five Bruins shots. 

The Hurricanes were swept by the Bruins in last season's Eastern Conference Final, and Hamilton struggled mightily in the series with zero goals and zero assists in the four games. For Carolina to make this series competitive, it needs consistent offensive production from Hamilton, and Game 2 certainly was a step in the right direction for him.

David Pastrnak injury: Bruce Cassidy gives update on Bruins star after Game 2

David Pastrnak injury: Bruce Cassidy gives update on Bruins star after Game 2

David Pastrnak didn't play for the Boston Bruins in Thursday night's Game 2 against the Carolina Hurricanes, but B's head coach Bruce Cassidy says the team doesn't believe the right winger's injury will be a long term issue.

"He was questionable from the game yesterday afternoon," Cassidy told reporters after the Bruins' 3-2 loss. "This morning he was getting treatment -- unfit to participate. We don't believe it will be long term, that's a day-to-day thing we hope.

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“Obviously, targeting (Game 3) Saturday at noon. But until we see him tomorrow, and it's tough, Saturday at noon, because it’s tough to test it and get out skating on a morning skate type of thing. It’ll probably be right down to the game time again on Saturday.”

"Unfit to participate" was the only information the Bruins provided about Pastrnak's injury, so the exact nature of what's bothering him remains unknown.

Anders Bjork slotted in at right wing on the top line next to Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in Pastrnak's absence. Karson Kuhlman made his series debut on the third line where Bjork normally plays. 

The Bruins had more than enough chances to win Game 2 of their first round Stanley Cup Playoff series without Pastrnak, but there's no doubt they are a much more dangerous team with the league's co-leader in goals scored in the lineup. Pastrnak wasted little time making his presence felt in the series when he scored Boston's first goal in Game 1 and then assisted on Bergeron's game-winner in double overtime.