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NHL Playoffs Schedule 2011, Second Round: USF Graduation Ceremonies Force Games 3 And 4 To Be Played On Back-To-Back Nights

When the schedule came out for second round match-up between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning came out, the NHL made the odd decision to have Games 3 and 4 to be played on back-to-back night at the St. Pete Times Forum. There wasn't any explination given why it was scheduled that way, but Greg Auman of the St. Pete Times found out the reason this morning.

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Normally USF holds the graduation ceremonies at the Sun Dome on campus. But with the arena undergoing a complete renovation this summer, officials from the university moved everything downtown to the Forum. Unfortunately, it just fell on the right day to force the NHL's hand.


For the full second round schedule for the NHL playoffs, check out SB Nation's playoff hub. And for more coverage of the Lightning, follow the blog Raw Charge.

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