Here’s Your Second Round Playoff Schedule

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The NHL has announced the schedule the second round of the playoffs, which may or may not be considered the Eastern Conference Semifinal depending on whom you ask.

We’ve got 8 PM starts across the board, days off between the first four games, and then a couple two-day breaks if games 5 and 6 are needed, which they will be, because Capitals.

Dates and times for Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins are below.

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Hi, my name is Ian Oland. I’m driving the Capitals bandwagon. Over the last few weeks, we’ve traveled all over North America, picking up many new friends. Now that our favorite team has vanquished their mighty, bracelet-throwing foes from Philadelphia, even more people want to jump aboard this here wagon.

First, we’re going to give our oxen some spinach so we can make a cross-country gallop to California to pick up the entire Los Angeles Kings organization.

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Flyers forward Brayden Schenn leaped to deliver a hit to Mike Richards, checked Evgeny Kuznetsov head-first into the crossbar, and tried to break Kuzy’s leg with a cross-check. All of these dirty plays went unpenalized and ignored by the NHL. But it was Schenn’s Game Six head shot on TJ Oshie that has finally drawn the attention of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Monday afternoon, DoPS announced that it will have a hearing with Schenn Tuesday, describing the play as “charging/illegal check to the head.”

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When he’s not averaging 11 minutes of postseason ice time and killing penalty minutes like a boss, Capitals forward Daniel Winnik will watch your dogs for you.

At least that was we can infer from a tweet he posted Sunday after the Caps’ Game Six series-ending win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Winnik’s photo showed him cuddling with three dogs, except don’t think you’re going to get in on that action because he’s got a fourth dog serving as the bouncer.

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The Flyers organization tried. As fans entered Wells Fargo Center for Game Six Sunday, they received shirts featuring PA Announcer Lou Nolan and the words “Stay Classy, Philly!” I know you may be shocked to hear this, but Flyers fans did not stay classy.

Let’s review!

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During Game Three, Flyers fans showed boorish behavior that eventually turned violent during the Caps’ 6-1 win. Fans threw the organization’s promotional giveaway, plastic light-up bracelets, onto the ice, one of which struck Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov in the face. Orlov had been getting medical attention after getting checked boarded by Pierre-Édouard Bellemare. Minutes later, the fans were given a minor penalty and were criticized by PA announcer Lou Nolan.

The Flyers organization, who had planned to give the bracelets away again in Game Four, did not, opting to give away a tshirt with the Flyers logo filled up with words that they thought represented the team. Ahead of Game Six, the Flyers gave away another t-shirt, but this time it made light of the Flyers violence in Game Three. It featured Lou Nolan reminding fans to “Stay Classy.”

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The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Rangers today in a 6-3 rout on home ice, ending that series decisively in five games.

That means the winner of the Capitals-Flyers series will face the Penguins, the hottest team in the league, in the second round. It’ll either be Sid vs Ovi (again) or the Battle of Pennsylvania (again). Either way, the NHL is feeling pretty good about their playoff format right now.

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Ever since the playoffs started, TJ Oshie has been using a new Bauer Supreme 1S stick, migrating over from the Warrior brand. But it’s not just any Bauer twig. Oshie has been using one of Alex Ovechkin’s sticks from his personal collection.

I know this because RMNB reader @labattadm sent us a photo of the Capitals stick rack from Game One.

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Hi, my name is Ian Oland. I’m driving this here Capitals bandwagon. Over the last few weeks, we’ve travelled all over North America, picking up many new friends. It’s been quiet lately, but with our boys owning a commanding 3-1 lead over rival Philadelphia, it’s time to whip the oxen and get back on Lord Stanley’s trail.

Tonight, we’re traveling to an undisclosed location to pick up former Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni. Ah, Detective Stabler.

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Henrik Lundqvist Is Henrik Doneqvist

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Every year, the New York Rangers are a dangerous team in the playoffs because of Henrik Lundqvist. One of this decades’s best goaltenders, The King always has the ability to steal a series by himself.

Just maybe not this year.

Thursday, Lundqvist gave up four goals on 18 shots against the Pittsburgh Penguins, forcing Alain Vigneault to pull him for Antti Raanta during a TV timeout in the second period.

He looked like he wanted to cry.

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