After almost a week of waiting for their series to begin, the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning will finally learn the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals. Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com had the first report of the entire schedule, and it looks like this:
Game 1: Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m., Boston, MA (Versus)
Game 2: Tuesday, May 17 at 8 p.m., Boston, MA (Versus)
Game 3: Thursday, May 19 at 8 p.m., Tampa, FL (Versus)
Game 4: Saturday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m., Tampa, FL (NBC)
Game 5: Monday, May 23 at 8 p.m., Boston, MA (Versus) *
Game 6: Wednesday, May 25 at 8 p.m., Tampa, FL (Versus) *
Game 7: Friday, May 27 at 8 p.m., Boston, MA (Versus) *
* if necessary
Like the last series against the Washington Capitals, the NHL and the Lightning had to work around previously booked events at the St. Pete Times Forum. In the last round, the Lightning were forced to play Games 3 and 4 against Washington on back to back nights due to USF's graduation ceremonies.
This time around, the Lighting have had to schedule around four-night block of 'Toy Story 3 on Ice' which is at the St. Pete Times Forum from May 19 through 22.
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