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NHL Conference finals to start Saturday

May 10, 2011 |  1:01 pm

Photo: Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin (33) battles for the puck with Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher (12) during the third period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Credit: Jim Brown / US Presswire The NHL announced the schedule for the conference finals, taking into account arena availability issues in Tampa and the needs of its TV "partners."

Boston and Tampa Bay will be shaking off rust by the time they get started, on Saturday. The West will start Sunday at Vancouver, with the Canucks facing either the Detroit Red Wings or San Jose Sharks.  The Red Wings-Sharks series may end Tuesday or could go to a seventh game, which would be played on Thursday in San Jose.

Here's the NHL's schedule, with the TV options for U.S. viewers and with scenarios for Vancouver playing Detroit or San Jose. All times are Pacific. And games can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

* If necessary
2011 Eastern Conference Final schedule

No. 3 Boston versus No. 5 Tampa Bay

Date                                   Time    

Game 1: Saturday, May 14    5 p.m.                Tampa Bay at Boston                        VERSUS

Game 2: Tuesday, May 17     5 p.m.                Tampa Bay at Boston                        VERSUS

Game 3: Thursday, May 19    5 p.m.                Boston at Tampa Bay                        VERSUS

Game 4: Saturday, May 21    10:30 a.m.          Boston at Tampa Bay                        NBC

*Game 5: Monday, May 23     5 p.m.                Tampa Bay at Boston                        VERSUS

*Game 6: Wed., May 25        5 p.m.                Boston at Tampa Bay                        VERSUS

*Game 7: Friday, May 27       5 p.m.                Tampa Bay at Boston                         VERSUS

 

2011 Western Conference Final schedule if Detroit advances

No. 1 Vancouver versus No. 3 Detroit

Date                                   Time     

Game 1: Sunday, May 15       5 p.m.                Detroit at Vancouver                        VERSUS

Game 2: Wed., May 18         6 p.m.                Detroit at Vancouver                        VERSUS

Game 3: Friday, May 20        5 p.m.                Vancouver at Detroit                        VERSUS

Game 4: Sunday, May 22      Noon               Vancouver at Detroit                        NBC

*Game 5: Tuesday, May 24    6 p.m.                Detroit at Vancouver                        VERSUS

*Game 6: Thursday, May 26  5 p.m.                Vancouver at Detroit                        VERSUS

*Game 7: Saturday, May 28   5 p.m.                Detroit at Vancouver                        VERSUS

 

2011 Western Conference Final schedule if San Jose advances

No. 1 Vancouver versus No. 2 San Jose

Date                                 Time   

Game 1: Sunday, May 15      5 p.m.                San Jose at Vancouver                        VERSUS

Game 2: Wed., May 18        6 p.m.                San Jose at Vancouver                        VERSUS

Game 3: Friday, May 20        6 p.m.               Vancouver at San Jose                        VERSUS

Game 4: Sunday, May 22      Noon                  Vancouver at San Jose                        NBC

*Game 5: Tuesday, May 24    6 p.m.                San Jose at Vancouver                        VERSUS

*Game 6: Thursday, May 26  6 p.m.                Vancouver at San Jose                        VERSUS

*Game 7: Saturday, May 28   5 p.m.                San Jose at Vancouver                        VERSUS

 

-- Helene Elliott

Photo: Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin (33) battles for the puck with Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher (12) during the third period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Credit: Jim Brown / US Presswire

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