After days of speculation and rumor, the NHL (finally) put the questions to bed when they released when the Bruins and Habs will kick off Round 2 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs:
The B's and Habs will drop the puck for Game 1 of their series on Thursday, May 1st at 7:30 pm at the Garden.
The second round starts Thursday with @CanadiensMTL vs. @NHLBruins at 7:30pm ET on NBCSN, CBC, RDS. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/7fpt6IqxE8
— NHL (@NHL) April 30, 2014
The announcement for Game 1 took longer than many fans probably wanted, as neither the beat writers for the Bruins or the national writers could nail down the start time for the series. It's clear the NHL was not going to start the Bruins and Habs before Round 1 finished, and with three Game 7's to be played on Wednesday, the NHL is wasting no time in getting Round 2 started with Boston and Montreal the next day.
There are a couple of events that the NHL has had to work around in making the schedule, including Northeastern University holding their graduation Friday morning at the Garden, the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, and a couple of concerts next week at the Bell Centre.
RDS, the French-Canadian sports outlet, tweeted on Tuesday night the rest of the schedule (in French). They have Game 2 on Saturday at 12:30, Game 3 on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00 pm and Game 4 on Thursday, May 8 also at 7:00 pm.
#Canadiens c. #Bruins: Jeudi 1 mai à Boston 19h30 Sam. 3 mai à Boston 12h30 Mar. 6 mai à MTL 19h00 Jeudi 8 mai à MTL 19h00 #RDS
— Hockey 360 à RDS (@hockey360) April 29, 2014
The early 12:30 start time for Game 2 on Saturday is due to the Kentucky Derby taking up much of NBC's programming time on Saturday. CBC in Canada can't be too pleased, as it means they won't have the Habs in their primetime slot for Hockey Night in Canada.
We'll wait and see if the NHL changes the start times for Games 2 through 4.
Until then, let's rejoice that we finally have Game 1 officially set in stone.