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Here’s the 2013 conference finals schedule

May 29, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

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With the Chicago Blackhawks’ dramatic Game 7 win in the books, we can now put the 2013 conference finals schedule in place (for real). Good news for you, bad news for your loved ones.

(At least you can pack both Game 1 contests into Saturday, right? Maybe?)

2013 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

SERIES M        TIME (ET)        #1 Pittsburgh vs. #4 Boston        Networks
Saturday, June 1                8 p.m.                Boston at Pittsburgh                NBC, CBC, RDS

Monday, June 3                8 p.m.                Boston at Pittsburgh                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

Wednesday, June 5        8 p.m.                Pittsburgh at Boston                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

Friday, June 7                8 p.m.                Pittsburgh at Boston                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

*Sunday, June 9                8 p.m.                Boston at Pittsburgh                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

*Tuesday, June 11        TBD                Pittsburgh at Boston                NBC Sports Network. CBC, RDS     

*Wednesday, June 12        TBD                Boston Pittsburgh                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

2013 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

SERIES N        TIME (ET)        #1 Chicago vs. #5 Los Angeles                Networks                
Saturday, June 1                5 p.m.                Los Angeles at Chicago                NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS

Sunday, June 2                8 p.m.                Los Angeles at Chicago                NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS

Tuesday, June 4                9 p.m.                Chicago at Los Angeles                 NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS

Thursday, June 6                9 p.m.                Chicago at Los Angeles                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

*Saturday, June 8                8 p.m.                Los Angeles at Chicago                NBC, CBC, RDS

*Monday, June 10        9 p.m.                Chicago at Los Angeles                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

*Wednesday, June 12        TBD                Los Angeles at Chicago                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

* = If necessary
TBD = To Be Determined
All times listed are ET and subject to change.

  1. canucks30 - May 29, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Penguins, Blackhawks, Bruins, and Kings.

    The last 4 Stanley Cup Champions left to determine who holds ultimate bragging rights.

    • JoeAvg - May 29, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      And the Red Wings still being alive makes the last five. Maybe there isn’t as much parity in the league as we think.

      • tcclark - May 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        5 different teams winning a championship in the past five years is pretty darn good. In the NBA for example, 7 different teams won an NBA Championship between 1980 and 2005.

    • buckeye044 - May 29, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      Cinderella’s do not win Lord Stanley’s Cup.

      • tcclark - May 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        The Kings were an 8th seed last year. How much more “Cinderella” do you want?

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - May 29, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    8pm!? Really NBC! I’d rather see a 7pm start or even a 730 start…i hate late starts for Pens games

    • bensawesomeness - May 29, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      HAHAHAHAHAH Try being Detroit or Columbus sometime

      Good God, 8pm start is like heaven compared to those games on the west coast

      • bensawesomeness - May 29, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        It’s not just about your city or time zone at this point, by the way. You need an entire country to watch.

        A noon start for a hockey game on a Sunday is a 9am start over there. That would suck.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      Calm down grandpa

      • ironyisadeadscene - May 29, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        but….but….Murder She Wrote is on

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 29, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      What might actually be unfortunate is if both series go the distance, the two Game 7′s would be the same night. And if the earlier one goes to OT, a lot of remotes would need new batteries from the flipping back and forth.

      • atteckus - May 29, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        What you got against battery sales?

    • pepper2011 - May 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      I think sid turns into a pumpkin after midnight.

  3. manchestermiracle - May 29, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Saturday and Sunday in Chicago? Wow, what an advantage. Why can’t either WCF scenario start on Friday? It isn’t as if either Chicago or Detroit wouldn’t have just played Wednesday. If Chicago beats Detroit they get an extra day off. If Detroit wins they still have to fly to L.A. for a Friday game. Can anyone explain?

    • sombostevo - May 29, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      Probably a scheduling conflict on Friday in Chicago.

      • sombostevo - May 29, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        As I guessed, Rolling Stones play at the United Center on Friday.

      • manchestermiracle - May 29, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        Thanks for the answer. The Strolling Bones? What doofus scheduled that? May and June are NHL and NBA playoffs. Did they really think both the Bulls and the Hawks would be out of them by now? I guess that big money from the old-fart Sixties crowd was too much to pass up.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 29, 2013 at 5:36 AM

        Do you seriously believe that the whole city has to drop everything to focus only on the NBA/NHL playoffs? C’mon!

      • manchestermiracle - May 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        Nah, but I do seriously think arena managers could put a little more effort into not creating scheduling conflicts. They know the approximate dates of playoff games. Especially this season when there were no games for the first half. Wedging a concert into the relatively small window of playoff games is just greedy.

      • nickh7020 - May 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        I dont think the UC is greedy. Rember the, and all NHL arenas, lost all those games during the lockout. At best they are trying to make money they lost. Even though the Stone have been scheduled for a long time now. They played last night, this Friday night and then again Monday.
        I guess Mick needs some cash.
        Shadoobie.

      • nickh7020 - May 29, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        I dont think the UC is greedy. Remeber they, and all NHL arenas, lost all those games during the lockout. At best they are trying to make money they lost. Even though the Stone have been scheduled for a long time now.
        They played last night, this Friday night and then again this coming Monday.
        I guess Mick needs some cash.
        Shadoobie.

      • nickh7020 - May 29, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        I don’t think the UC is greedy. Remember they, and all NHL arenas, lost all those games during the lockout. At best they are trying to make money they lost. Even though the Stone have been scheduled for a long time now.
        They played last night, this Friday night and then again this coming Monday.
        I guess Mick needs some cash.
        Shadoobie.

      • pensfan1 - May 29, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        At least you get a game at home even if a one day delay. The NLL championship game between Washington Stealth and Rochester Knighthawks had to be played in Langley, BC, Canada because their home arena was reserved for something else and the day couldn’t be changed due to CBS sports TV commitments. We had to travel 2 hours to another country to see the game. The other option was to move it to New York. At least we got to go.

      • lafavs - May 30, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Rolling Stones play the UC Friday, great, grand, wonderful. That still doesn’t explain why the Penguins and Bruins will have been sitting on their asses waiting for the NHL to allow them to start their series for a week (in the Pens case, more than a week) by the time their series begins. Where is the sense of urgency to get this season wrapped up by the NHL? Can we possibly end this hockey season before the Fourth of July, please?!

  4. bensawesomeness - May 29, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Last 5 teams in the Tournament are the last 5 teams to win the Cup.

    Just sayin’

    • canucks30 - May 29, 2013 at 2:02 AM

      Did you seriously miss the first 2 posts?

  5. Stiller43 - May 29, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Why, with the pens and bruins being off for so long,….is there ANY chance the WCF would start before the ECF?!!! Wtf?

    And WTF is up with 8 pm starts?! WTF NHL!!!

    I wish the pens would start thursday, or LATEST friday to give wings/hawks 2 full days rest (thurs and fri) to resume play saturday vs the kings.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      8pm starts for the better tv audience. Mommy won’t let you stay up 60 minutes later?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 29, 2013 at 5:32 AM

      If Hawks win the WCF starts Sat, else it starts Fri.

  6. Stiller43 - May 29, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    8 pm starts are annoying to me because i have to wait 30 or 60 minuntes longer after i wake up for my PENS to be on. Just annoying.

  7. steelers88 - May 29, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    Ugh! I have to wait till SATURDAY!!!!

  8. ironcity6pak - May 29, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    8pm!?!? This sucks

  9. heynyc61 - May 29, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    8pm is bad? It’s Saturday night. Take your weekly shower early get in your pjs and get your milk and cookies.. Wait. I like that idea!

  10. ironmike778 - May 29, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    No reason Bruins-Pens couldn’t start on Thursday. NBC would still get their Saturday night game as Game 2. Idiots. And yeah, the 8:00 start svcks.

    • sombostevo - May 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      It’s because Boston has the New Kids on the Block playing at the TD Garden Sunday and Monday. So it would be a 2 day break between Saturday and Tuesday if that were the case. Either way they could do Fri/Sun in Pitt then Tuesday in Boston. Stupid NKOTB.

      • basedrum777 - May 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        How the F do you know that?

      • tcclark - May 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Are the New Kids on the Block really “new” anymore. They’ve been living on the block for some time now.

  11. dadawg77 - May 29, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    The Stones are playing three shows with a day in between them with the first one last night. Combine that with high humidity, the ice could be crap tonight and Sat if necessary.

  12. ddavis83 - May 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    As a Wings fan that has had to spend the last 20 years dealing with 1030PM starts, seeing people complain about 8PM is hilarious. Cannot wait to leave the Western conference in the rear view after tonight…

    • imacdane - May 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      So you’re saying the Wings are gonna lose tonight?

      • ddavis83 - May 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        haha oh yeah for sure

  13. nunan - May 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    People need to realize that these venues aren’t just sitting there, empty. Things have probably been scheduled WAY in advance. For example, I know games 6 and 7 in the ECF are back to back because of a concert conflict. Seems stupid to not have games until Saturday and then schedule a back to back games but…scheduling is not as simple as it looks.

    • manchestermiracle - May 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      And yet it’s not as difficult as they make it. There’s 365 days in a year, that’s it. You have a commitment to two sports teams (three if you’re the Staples Center). The rest of the year is fill in order to turn an even larger profit. Keep the schedule clear around playoff time, since those games aren’t set until the end of the regular season.

      You do your main tenant(s) a disservice by forcing them to play back-to-back games in the playoffs. That’s how injuries are made. A once-in-a-generation event I could see, but yet another tour by a band milking the money wagon for going on 50 years now? I don’t see Staples Center forcing the Kings into a back-to-back.

      • basedrum777 - May 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Have to agree with Manchester miracle here and not just b/c I’m a sports fan. The home team is what pays the bills and fills the seats many times a year. I can’t agree that a stadium should stay empty “in case” a team gets a playoff run but I’d say they should be more selective regarding their dates or be more flexible for an event.

      • hockeycoach1 - May 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        It’s television’s fault. In the 80s and early 90s the playoff schedule was set in advance. All of the Wales teams played on the same day, all of the Campbell’s played on the next. The dates were in stone at the start of the season and the buildings kept them open. Then in the 90s the NHL discovered and bent over backward for US TV. now East and West share nights and teams get two day breaks in the same city to line games up for weekend TV. There are benefits: More doubleheaders in the early rounds, all of the games televised nationally, but there are pitfalls too.

  14. basedrum777 - May 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I do love that the NHL could give an F what area of the country the playing teams are. Saturday at 8pm.

  15. cavafox - May 29, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    This is comical. Most of these arenas booked these dates because we were a hair away from not having a season at all. They probably booked up before the lockout even ended. Fri/Sun wouldn’t work because the networks don’t want it. TV rules all.

  16. Steeley McBeam - May 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Arenas arent going to leave a 2 month window unscheduled in case their city makes the playoffs then continues through to the cup. These concerts are setup months and months in advance. There was no way of them knowing then whether or not the home team would still be playing the conference finals. Youre talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars lost if they dont schedule the event and the team doesnt need the areana that night. Also, what if the Bulls or Pistons or Celtics were also in the NBA finals? Cant plan ahead for everything.

    For the record I like the 8 PM start. No shame in being drunk at 8:15.

  17. spochiefsfan - May 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    can’t thumbs up on mobile. so, high five for using “shadoobie”.

  18. nunan - May 29, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    4 best teams, all cup winners the past 4 years. 2 original 6s, etc… Not sure it can ever get any better than this.

  19. northstarnic - May 30, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Well, looks like I will be illegally streaming the vast majority. Great system. I’d love to pay to watch, but I’m not giving my money to the archaic cable system. Sportscasting needs to get in the 21st century.

  20. blomfeld - May 30, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    JUNE 1ST, 2013 @ 1700 Hours EST …

    CRY HAVOC AND LET SLIP THE DOGS OF WAR !

    “And Caesar’s spirit, raging for revenge,
    With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
    Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
    Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war,
    That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
    With carrion men, groaning for burial’ …

    the bottom line friends is that phase 3 of our glorious enterprise will commence on Saturday June 1st at 1700 hours EST … no stone must be left ‘unturned’ in this engagement, as what we’re facing in the Hawks is a ‘proud and quality’ foe … nonetheless, the time for offense is “now” and so ‘goal-scoring’ must become our battle cry … the Achilles heel of these excellent Hawks is their goal-tending and so it will behoove us Kings to fire at them like there was no tomorrow ! … Carter, Kopitar, Richards, Doughty, Brown and friends … the stage is now yours …

    GO KINGS GO !!! … LET’S CRUSH THE BLACKHAWKS IN STYLE !

  21. Mike Dusak - May 30, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Can’t wait. http://goo.gl/B5dwy

  22. stachowiakjp - May 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Thank god for DVR technology.

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