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NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: Bruins Host Capitals In Highlight Of Thursday's Slate

The 2012 NHL Playoffs are finally in full swing — as long as "in full swing" is a valid description of the state of affairs on the second day of the postseason. And Game 1 of the Boston Bruins' Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Washington Capitals highlights the Day Two slate.

The 2011 Stanley Cup champions begin their title defense at home in Beantown as the No. 2 seed, and welcome the No. 7 Capitals to town. It's a bit of a role reversal for the two teams: Boston made its improbable run to the Cup as a No. 5 seed in 2011, while the Caps have underachieved in the playoffs after earning the No. 1 seed in the East in 2010 and 2011.

Elsewhere, the Chicago Blackhawks' trip to play the Phoenix Coyotes fills the second half of the NBC Sports Network double-bill, the No. 1-seeded New York Rangers begin their series with the Ottawa Senators, and the St. Louis Blues make their first postseason appearance since 2009 in a series against the San Jose Sharks.

No. 8 Ottawa Senators at No. 1 New York Rangers
7 p.m. ET -- Game 1, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
National TV: NHL Network US, CBC, RDS | Local TV: MSG

No. 7 Washington Capitals at No. 2 Boston Bruins
7:30 p.m. ET -- Game 1, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
National TV: NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS2 | Local TV: CSN Washington, NESN

No. 7 San Jose Sharks at No. 2 St. Louis Blues
7:30 p.m. ET -- Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
National TV: CNBC, CBC, RDSI | Local TV: FS Midwest, CSN California

No. 6 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes
10:00 p.m. ET -- Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
National TV: NBC Sports Network, CNBC, TSN | Local TV: FS Arizona+, CSN Chicago

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