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2011 NHL Playoffs Schedule: Lightning Open Second Round Series Against Capitals Friday In Washington

The Tampa Bay Lightning will begin their second round series against the Eastern Conference's top seeded Washington Capitals on Friday night in Washington in a game that will start at 7 p.m.. You can find the game on Versus.

After getting a little bit of a break with the very injured Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, the Lightning now have to face a Capitals team which seems to have hit it's stride a little bit in the second half of the season. They have a new renewed defensive identity and a young goalie playing very well in Michal Neuvirth. The Lightning's extremely talented front line will have to crack that defense if the Lightning have any chance in this series, because we know the Capitals will be able to score on the other end.

Here is the schedule for the entire series, the most recent change is that we now have a time for Game 3, which was previously "TBD." It will be played at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Tampa Bay.

Game 1: Friday, April 29, 7 p.m. ET (VERSUS/TSN) at The Verizon Center in Washington.

Game 2: Sunday, May 1, 7 p.m. ET (VERSUS/CBC) at The Verizon Center in Washington.

Game 3: Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m. ET (VERSUS/TSN) at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

Game 4: Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m. ET (TSN) at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

Game 5 (if necessary)Saturday, May 7, 12:30 p.m. ET (NBC/TSN) at The Verizon Center in Washington.

Game 6 (if necessary)Monday, May 9, TBD (VERSUS/TSN) at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

Game 7 (if necessary): Wednesday, May 11, TBD (VERSUS/TSN) at The Verizon Center in Washington.

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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