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2017 NHL PLAYOFF-FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE & RECAPS

TV Networks -in USA- NBC Sports Network, CNBC, NBC , USA Network & The NHL Network , in Canada - CBC & Sportsnet

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Columbus at Pittsburgh Boston at Ottawa  NY Rangers at Montreal Toronto  at Washington 
Calgary at  Anaheim St. Louis at Minnesota  Nashville at Chicago   San Jose at Edmonton
 
 
     Columbus at Pittsburgh
  DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1- (Sportsnet 360 ) &  USA Network Wed.-April 12- 7 PM  Marc-Andre Fleury withstood an early push by the Blue Jackets and stopped 31 shots in all as the Penguins opened their Stanley Cup title defense with a 3-1 victory. Game 2 is Friday night in Pittsburgh.
Game 2- (Sportsnet) &  NBC Fri.- April 14 - 7 PM Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists as the Penguins rolled by the frustrated Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Friday in Game 2 of the first-round series.
Game 3- (Sportsnet 360) &  CNBC Sun-April 16 7 PM Jake Guentzel capped his hat trick by slipping it past Sergei Bobrovsky at 13:10 of the extra period for a 5-4 win and a 3-0 advantage for Pittsburgh in the playoff series.
Game 4-(Sportsnet 360) &   CNBC Tue -April 18- 7 PM Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist, and the Blue Jackets held on to beat the Penguins 5-4 on Tuesday and avoid a sweep in the best-of-seven playoff series
Game 5-  &  NBCSN Thu-April 20 -  -7 PM Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5-2 win in Game 5 of their first-round series on Thursday night.

    

Boston at Ottawa 
  DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1- (Sportsnet) &  NHL Network Wed.-April 12 - 7 PM Brad Marchand broke a tie with 2:33 left and the Bruins -- held without a shot in the second period -- held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Game 2- (Sportsnet) &  NBC Sat.-April 15-- 3 PM Dion Phaneuf set up two goals before scoring at 1:59 of overtime and the Ottawa Senators rallied past the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Saturday
Game 3- (Sportsnet) &    CNBC Mon-April 17- 7 PM Bobby Ryan scored on a tip-in on a power play 5:43 into overtime, and Ottawa recovered after giving up a three-goal lead to beat Boston 4-3 Monday night and take a 2-1 edge in the first-round series.
Game 4-(Sportsnet) &   USA Network Wed.-April 19- 7:30 PM Bobby Ryan scored early in the third period, Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots for his fourth career postseason shutout and the Senators beat Boston 1-0 on Wednesday night for a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Game 5-  USA Network Fri.-April 21-  7:30 PM Sean Kuraly's second goal of the game at 10:19 of the second overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 on Friday night, avoiding elimination in the first-round series.
Game 6-  NBC Sun-April 23  -- 3 PM Boston
Game 7-  Wed.-April 26- TBD Ottawa 
 

 

                     
 NY Rangers at Montreal
  DATE-TIME  
Game 1- CBC&  NBCSN Wed.-April 12- 7 PM Henrik Lundqvist survived a shaky first period to make 31 saves in the Rangers' 2-0 victory over Canadiens on Wednesday night in their playoff opener.
Game 2- CBC, &   USA Network Fri.- April 14 - 7 PM Thomas Plekanec gave Canadiens new life with a tying goal with 18 seconds left. And Alexander Radulov scored 18:34 into overtime on Friday night to even the series with a 4-3 win.
Game 3- Sportsnet &  NBCSN Sun-April 16 7 PM Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Sunday night, giving Montreal a 2-1 lead in the series.
Game 4- CBC  &  NBCSN Tue -April 18- 7 PM Rick Nash and Jesper Fast scored, Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and the Rangers beat the Canadiens 2-1 to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Game 5-  Thu-April 20 -7 PM Mika  Zibanejad scored at 14:22 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.
Game 6-  NBC Sat.-April 22 - -8 PM Mats Zuccarello scored twice and the Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 6 on Saturday night to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

 

 
 Toronto  at Washington 
  DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1- CBC&   USA Network Thu-April 13- 7 PM Playing some of their worst hockey of the season, the Capitals fell behind by two goals early but came back to force overtime. Tom Wilson scored 5:15 into extra period for a 3-2 victory in Game 1 on Thursday night.
Game 2- CBC, &  NBCSN Sat.-April 15-- 7 PM After more than 90 minutes of hockey, Kasperi Kapanen scored the double OT winner as the Maple Leafs beat the Capitals 4-3 Saturday in the longest game of the playoffs so far. 
Game 3- CBC&  NBCSN Mon-April 17- 7 PM Tyler Bozak scored 1:37 into overtime to cap Toronto's comeback from two goals down in the second period, and the Maple Leafs beat the Presidents' Trophy-winningWashington Capitals 4-3 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Game 4- CBC&  NBCSN Wed.-April 19- 7 PM Tom Wilson scored twice and saved a goal from his own net, and the Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Game 5-  NBCSN Fri.-April 21- 7 PM Justin Williams added to his legendary playoff status by scoring 64 seconds into overtime to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night and a 3-2 lead in the tight first-round series.
Game 6- -  NBCSN Sun-April 23  -7 PM Toronto
Game 7-  Tue -April 25- TBD Washington 

 

Calgary at  Anaheim
  DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1- CBC&  NBCSN Thu-April 13 10:30 PM Jakob Silfverberg scored the tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Getzlaf had a goal and an assist in the Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Flames in their first-round playoff series opener on Thursday night.
Game 2- CBC, &  NBCSN Sat.-April 15 -10:30 PM Ryan Getzlaf scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 4:46 to play on a bizarre deflection off Lance Bouma's skate, and the Ducks beat the Flames 3-2 Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Game 3- CBC&  NBCSN Mon-April 17 -10 PM Corey Perry scored 1:30 into overtime and the Anaheim Ducks rallied from three goals down to beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 Monday night, taking a 3-0 series lead in the first-round series.
Game 4- CBC&   USA Network Wed.-April 19- 10 PM Patrick Eaves and Nate Thompson scored for the visitors on their first five shots of the game and Anaheim's leadership and poise prevailed to carry the Ducks to a four-game sweep of the Flames in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal. Anaheim ousted Calgary with a 3-1 win on Wednesday night.
 
      
St. Louis at Minnesota
  DATE-TIME HOME TEAM
Game 1- (Sportsnet 360 ) &   NBCSN Wed.-April 12- 9:30 PM Joel Edmundson scored for St. Louis at 17:48 of the extra period , Jake Allen made a career-high 51 saves and the Blues stole Game 1 of their first-round playoff series from the Wild with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.
Game 2- (Sportsnet 360) &    NBCSN Fri.- April 14 - 8 PM Jaden Schwartz scored with 2:27 left during a disputed 4-on-4 situation and the Blues beat the Wild 2-1 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead in the first-round series on Friday night.
Game 3- (Sportsnet) &    NBC Sun-April 16 3PM Jake Allen made 40 saves and Jaden Schwartz had the go-ahead goal in the second period to give the Blues a 3-1 win over the Wild on Sunday for a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Game 4-(Sportsnet 360) &     NBCSN Wed.-April 19- 9:30 PM Charlie Coyle scored off a miscue by Jake Allen, Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves and the Wild stayed alive with a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday night.
Game 5-    NBC Sat.-April 22 - - 3PM Magnus Paajarvi scored at the 9:42 mark in overtime, giving the Blues a 4-3 victory on Saturday in Game 5 of their playoff series to eliminate the Wild in the first round following the best season in franchise history.
 
Nashville at Chicago  
  DATE-TIME  
Game 1- (Sportsnet ) &  NBCSN Thu-April 13 8 PM Pekka Rinne made 29 saves, Viktor Arvidsson scored in the first period and the Predators beat the Blackhawks 1-0 on Thursday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Game 2- (Sportsnet) &    NBC Sat.-April 15 -8 PM  Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in his second straight shutout and picked up two assists, helping Nashville rout Chicago 5-0 on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Game 3- (Sportsnet 1) &    CNBC Mon-April 17 -9:30 PM Kevin Fiala scored on a backhander 16:44 into overtime , and the Predators rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to push the Blackhawks to the brink of elimination with a 3-2 victory early Tuesday morning in Game 3 of the first-round series.
Game 4-(Sportsnet 360) &     (NBCSN) Thu.-April 20-8 PM Roman Josi scored twice, Rinne had 30 saves and Nashville beat Chicago 4-1 on Thursday night to complete a surprising sweep of the Western Conference's top seed.
 
San Jose at Edmonton
  DATE-TIME  
Game 1- (Sportsnet) &   USA Network Wed.-April 12- 10 PM Melker Karlsson scored at 3:22 of overtime and San Jose came back to beat Edmonton 3-2 in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference series.
Game 2- (Sportsnet) &   (NBCSN) Fri.- April 14 - 10:30 PM Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian scored short-handed goals to help the Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 on Friday night, evening their first-round series at one game apiece.
Game 3- (Sportsnet) &   (NBCSN) Sun-April 16 10 PM Zack Kassian scored midway through the third period for his second straight game-winner, Cam Talbot made 23 saves in his second consecutive shutout and the Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 1-0 Sunday night in Game 3 of their first-round series.
Game 4-(Sportsnet) &    (CNBC) Tue -April 18- 10 PM Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice and the Sharks rebounded from back-to-back shutouts in emphatic fashion, beating the Edmonton Oilers 7-0 on Tuesday night to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Game 5-  (NBCSN) Thu-April 20 -10:30 PM David Desharnais' goal at 18:15 of overtime helped the Oilers beat the Sharks 4-3 on Thursday night and push San Jose to the brink of elimination in the NHL playoffs.
Game 6-  (NBCSN) Sat.-April 22 - - 10 PM  Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev scored on breakaways in the opening minutes of the second period and the Edmonton Oilers advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 3-1 victory in Game 6 over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
 

   

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