NHL playoff schedule 2017: First round matchups and dates

It all begins on Wednesday.

The final day of the NHL regular season finished with some drama on Sunday, as the Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks made their fans sweat out possible playoff scenarios.

Every playoff berth was filled before Sunday, but the Maple Leafs needed at least a point against the Blue Jackets to avoid a first round date with the league-best Washington Capitals. They didn’t get one, and Toronto is stuck with Washington while the Boston Bruins take on the Ottawa Senators.

In the Western Conference, the Anaheim Ducks required one point to win the Pacific Division and earn a draw with the Calgary Flames. The Los Angeles Kings gave the Ducks a scare; Anaheim needed a late goal by Nate Thompson to force overtime and secure the more favorable matchup.

Without further ado, here’s the full schedule for round one of the 2017 NHL Playoffs.

Eastern Conference (Round One)

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

NHL: Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Western Conference

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

NHL: Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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