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2017 Stanley Cup playoffs: Dates, schedule, matchups and news

Sidney Crosby knows how to get it done. Robert Reiners/Getty Images

No team enters the Stanley Cup playoffs facing higher expectations and carrying more playoff baggage than the Washington Capitals. Winning their second straight Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top regular-season team will only further bring into focus their failure to get the job done if they go home early. Can they do it? Is this their year? From Game 1 of the first round to the Stanley Cup finals, follow all the action right here. (All times Eastern.)

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FIRST ROUND

Eastern Conference

VS.

Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Game 1: Capitals 3, Leafs 2 (OT) (WSH leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Leafs 4, Capitals 3 (2OT) (series tied 1-1)
Game 3: Leafs 4, Capitals 3 (OT) (TOR leads series 2-1)
Game 4: Capitals 5, Leafs 4 (series tied 2-2)
Game 5: Capitals 2, Leafs 1 (WSH leads series 3-2)
Game 6: Sunday, April 23, Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m.
*Game 7: Tuesday, April 25, Toronto at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

*if necessary


VS.

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers

Game 1: Rangers 2, Canadiens 0 (NYR leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Canadiens 4, Rangers 3 (OT) (series tied 1-1)
Game 3:
Canadiens 3, Rangers 1 (MTL leads series 2-1)
Game 4: Rangers 2, Canadiens 1 (series tied 2-2)
Game 5: Rangers 3, Canadiens 2 (OT) (NYR leads series 3-2)
Game 6: Rangers 3, Canadiens 1 (NYR wins series 4-2)


VS.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Game 1: Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 1 (PIT leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 1 (PIT leads series 2-0)
Game 3:
Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 4 (OT) (PIT leads series 3-0)
Game 4: Blue Jackets 5, Penguins 4 (PIT leads series 3-1)
Game 5: Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 2 (PIT wins series 4-1)


VS.

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins

Game 1: Bruins 2, Senators 1 (BOS leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Senators 4, Bruins 3 (OT) (series tied 1-1)
Game 3:
Senators 4, Bruins 3 (OT) (OTT leads series 2-1)
Game 4: Senators 1, Bruins 0 (OTT leads series 3-1)
Game 5: Bruins 3, Senators 2 (2OT) (OTT leads series 3-2)
*Game 6: Bruins 0, Senators 0 (first period)
*Game 7: Wednesday, April 26, Boston at Ottawa, tbd
*if necessary


Western Conference

VS.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators

Game 1: Predators 1, Blackhawks 0 (NSH leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Predators 5, Blackhawks 0 (NSH leads series 2-0)
Game 3:
Predators 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT) (NSH leads series 3-0)
Game 4: Predators 4, Blackhawks 1 (NSH wins series 4-0)


VS.

Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues

Game 1: Blues 2, Wild 1 (OT) (STL leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Blues 2, Wild 1 (STL leads series 2-0)
Game 3:
Blues 3, Wild 1 (STL leads series 3-0)
Game 4: Wild 2, Blues 0 (STL leads series 3-1)
Game 5: Blues 4, Wild (OT) (STL wins series 4-1)


VS.

Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames

Game 1: Ducks 3, Flames 2 (ANA leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Ducks 3, Flames 2 (ANA leads series 2-0)
Game 3:
Ducks 5, Flames 4 (OT) (ANA leads series 3-0)
Game 4: Ducks 3, Flames 1 (ANA wins series 4-0)


VS.

San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers

Game 1: Sharks 3, Oilers 2 (OT) (SJ leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Oilers 2, Sharks 0 (series tied 1-1)
Game 3:
Oilers 1, Sharks 0 (EDM leads series 2-1)
Game 4: Sharks 7, Oilers 0 (series tied 2-2)
Game 5: Oilers 4, Sharks 3 (OT) (EDM leads series 3-2)
Game 6: Oilers 3, Sharks 1 (EDM wins series 4-2)