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Stanley Cup First Round Set On Final Day Of Season

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[April 14, 2014]  (Reuters)  The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs were set on Sunday after Colorado clinched the West's Central Division and Tampa Bay tied up second spot in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic with a win over Washington.

The postseason gets underway on Wednesday with the Lightning hosting Montreal, Columbus traveling to face Pittsburgh and Anaheim hosting Dallas.

The Avalanche entered the day tied with St. Louis on 111 points but clinched the division when the slumping Blues suffered a sixth straight defeat, falling 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings. The Avs face wildcards Minnesota in the first round.

In the East, the Lightning secured second place in the Atlantic Division and home ice advantage in their first round series against the Canadiens with a 1-0 shootout win over the Capitals on Sunday, the last day of the regular season.

Other first round matchups will see the top seeded Boston Bruins, winners of the Presidents' Trophy for finishing with the best regular season record (54-19-9), take on the wildcard Red Wings, who reached the postseason for the 23rd consecutive year.

The Bruins and Red Wings, two of the NHL's Original Six franchises, clash in the playoffs for the first time since 1957.

Metropolitan Division champions Pittsburgh face the East's other wildcards Columbus, who head to the postseason for just the second time.

The other East matchup will see bitter rivals New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers renew hostilities.


The Anaheim Ducks assured themselves of the top seed in the Western Conference on Saturday with a 4-3 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings and open the postseason against the Stars, winners of the second wildcard.

Also in the West, Stanley Cup champions Chicago open the defense of their crown against the Blues and San Jose Sharks go up against California rivals LA Kings.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings

April 18  Detroit at Boston (Game 1)

April 20  Detroit at Boston (Game 2)

April 22  Boston at Detroit (Game 3)

April 24  Boston at Detroit (Game 4)

April 26  Detroit at Boston (Game 5 if necessary)

April 28  Boston at Detroit (Game 6 if necessary)

April 30  Detroit at Boston (Game 7 if necessary)

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens

April 16  Montreal at Tampa Bay (Game 1)

April 18  Montreal at Tampa Bay (Game 2)

April 20  Tampa Bay at Montreal (Game 3)

April 22  Tampa Bay at Montreal (Game 4)

April 24  Montreal at Tampa Bay (Game 5 if necessary)

April 27  Tampa Bay at Montreal (Game 6 if necessary)

April 29  Montreal at Tampa Bay (Game 7 if necessary)


Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

April 16  Columbus at Pittsburgh (Game 1)

April 19  Columbus at Pittsburgh (Game 2)

April 21  Pittsburgh at Columbus (Game 3)

April 23  Pittsburgh at Columbus (Game 4)

April 26  Columbus at Pittsburgh (Game 5 if necessary)

April 28  Pittsburgh at Columbus (Game 6 if necessary)

April 30  Columbus at Pittsburgh (Game 7 if necessary)

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers

April 17  Philadelphia at New York (Game 1)

April 20  Philadelphia at New York (Game 2)

April 22  New York at Philadelphia (Game 3)

April 25  New York at Philadelphia (Game 4)

April 27  Philadelphia at New York (Game 5 if necessary)

April 29  New York at Philadelphia (Game 6 if necessary)

April 30  Philadelphia at New York (Game 7 if necessary)

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild

April 17  Minnesota at Colorado (Game 1)

April 19  Minnesota at Colorado (Game 2)

April 21  Colorado at Minnesota (Game 3)

April 24  Colorado at Minnesota (Game 4)

April 26  Minnesota at Colorado (Game 5 if necessary)

April 28  Colorado at Minnesota (Game 6 if necessary)

April 30  Minnesota at Colorado (Game 7 if necessary)

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

April 17  Chicago at St. Louis (Game 1)

April 19  Chicago at St. Louis (Game 2)

April 21  St. Louis at Chicago (Game 3)

April 23  St. Louis at Chicago (Game 4)

April 25  Chicago at St. Louis (Game 5 if necessary)

April 27  St. Louis at Chicago (Game 6 if necessary)

April 29  Chicago at St. Louis (Game 7 if necessary)


Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars

April 16  Dallas at Anaheim (Game 1)

April 18  Dallas at Anaheim (Game 2)

April 21  Anaheim at Dallas (Game 3)

April 23  Anaheim at Dallas (Game 4)

April 25  Dallas at Anaheim (Game 5 if necessary)

April 27  Anaheim at Dallas (Game 6 if necessary)

April 29  Dallas at Anaheim (Game 7 if necessary)

San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings

April 17  Los Angeles at San Jose (Game 1)

April 20  Los Angeles at San Jose (Game 2)

April 22  San Jose at Los Angeles (Game 3)

April 24  San Jose at Los Angeles (Game 4)

April 26  Los Angeles at San Jose (Game 5 if necessary)

April 28  San Jose at Los Angeles (Game 6 if necessary)

April 30  Los Angeles at San Jose (Game 7 if necessary)

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. editing by Peter Rutherford)

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