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Eastern Conference Final to start Saturday afternoon

May 14, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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The Eastern Conference Final — between the New York Rangers and the winner of tonight’s Boston-Montreal Game 7 — will start Saturday afternoon.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed the start time today on WFAN radio. He “thinks” the game will start at 1 p.m. ET, but added, “Don’t hold me to that.” So we’ll have to wait for the official confirmation.

No word when the Western Conference Final will start. The Blackhawks are already through to it, with the Ducks-Kings series possibly ending tonight; if not, Game 7 goes Friday in Anaheim.

  1. billiam55 - May 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    i love the fact its gonna be an original six matchup! cant wait. btw, its fitting that this year is the 20th anniversary the rangers won the cup back in ’94.

    • barkar942 - May 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      What’s really good is the Rangers get three straight days without a game.
      I know the NHL loves these 7 game series, but the Rangers gotta finish off this next series in 5 and have the West go 7.

  2. hosewater2 - May 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Much respect to Vigneault for getting this roster to the ECF. Who predicted that?

    • bucrightoff - May 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Obviously not Mike Gillis

  3. comeonnowguys - May 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Just stagger the days for East and West so Chicago fans can get a 7pm start time or two.

    • scoops1 - May 14, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      most likely a few 9-9:30 start times with the Kings or Ducks advancing

    • parasolmonster - May 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      Yes please. My sleep schedule is shot after all of these 8/830 puck drops. I’m fully expecting this next series to consist solely of 9PM and 2PM start times, #BecauseItsTheCup

  4. mydoglouie - May 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Terrible, playing this game in the afternoon.

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