Senators vs. Penguins 2017: Schedule, scores, and more from NHL Eastern Conference finals

It’s no real surprise the reigning Stanley Cup champions in the Pittsburgh Penguins are playing in a second consecutive Eastern Conference Final.

What many didn’t expect, however, were the Ottawa Senators to be their opponents with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line.

The Penguins and Senators are heading to a Game 7 on Thursday night after a back-and-forth series hit its breaking point in Game 6. The Senators hung on for a 2-1 win at home that puts them a win away from shocking the world and reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

Both teams, though, already know their Western Conference opponent in the Cup final after the Nashville Predators won Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Regular Season Matchups

Ottawa took two of three against the Penguins in the season series, but their first game of the year ended in an 8-5 Pittsburgh blowout. The Senators responded in their last two games by outscoring the Penguins, 6-2.

Series schedule

Game 1: Senators 2, Penguins 1, OT (recap)
Game 2: Penguins 1, Senators 0
Game 3: Senators 5, Penguins 1
Game 4: Penguins 3, Senators 2
Game 5: Penguins 7, Senators 0
Game 6: Senators 2, Penguins 1 (recap)
Game 7: Thu., May 25 at 8 p.m. — Ottawa at Pittsburgh (NBCSN, CBC)

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NHL playoffs 2017: Bracket, schedule, scores and more

We’re down to the final four here in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

We’re down to the final few periods of the conference finals in the NHL playoffs. The Predators won Game 6 of their series against the Ducks on Monday to clinch the Western Conference title, while the Senators and Penguins are set to meet Thursday in Game 7 to decide the Eastern Conference. If Ottawa can hang on, we’ll be sure to have a brand new champion in the NHL this season.

Eastern Conference Finals schedule

All times ET.

Game 1: Sat., May 13 at 7 p.m. — Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 1, OT (recap)
Game 2: Mon., May 15 at 8 p.m. — Pittsburgh 1, Ottawa 0 (recap)
Game 3: Wed., May 17 at 8 p.m. — Ottawa 5, Pittsburgh 1
Game 4: Fri., May 19 at 8 p.m. — Pittsburgh 3, Ottawa 2
Game 5: Sun., May 21 at 3 p.m. — Pittsburgh 7, Ottawa 0
Game 6: Tue., May 23 at 8 p.m. — Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 1 (recap)
Game 7: Thu., May 25 at 8 p.m. — Ottawa at Pittsburgh (NBCSN, CBC)

Western Conference Finals schedule

All times ET.

Game 1: Fri., May 12 at 9 p.m. — Nashville 3, Anaheim 2, OT (recap)
Game 2: Sun., May 14 at 7:30 p.m. — Anaheim 5, Nashville 3 (recap)
Game 3: Tue., May 16 at 8 p.m. — Nashville 2, Anaheim 1 (recap)
Game 4: Thu., May 18 at 8 p.m. — Anaheim 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
Game 5: Sat., May 20 at 7:15 p.m. — Nashville 3, Anaheim 1
Game 6: Mon., May 22 at 8 p.m. — Nashville 6, Anaheim 3

Second-round schedule

All times ET.

Eastern Conference

No. 2 Senators vs. WC Rangers (OTT wins, 4-2)

Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 27: Ottawa 2, New York 1
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 29: Ottawa 6, New York 5 (OT)
Game 3 – Tues., May 2: New York 4, Ottawa 1
Game 4 – Thu., May 4: Ottawa 1, New York 4
Game 5 – Sat., May 6: New York 5, Ottawa 4 (OT)
Game 6 – Tues., May 9: Ottawa 4, New York 0

No. 1 Capitals vs. No. 2 Penguins (PIT wins, 4-3)

Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 27: Pittsburgh 3, Washington 2
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 29: Pittsburgh 6, Washington 2
Game 3 – Mon., May 1: Washington 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT)
Game 4 – Wed., May 3: Pittsburgh 3, Washington 2
Game 5 – Sat., May 6: Pittsburgh 2, Washington 4
Game 6 – Mon., May 8: Washington 5, Pittsburgh 2
Game 7 – Wed., May 10: Pittsburgh 2, Washington 0

Western Conference

No. 3 Blues vs. WC 2 Predators (NSH wins, 4-2)

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 26: Nashville 4, St. Louis 3
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 28: St. Louis 3, Nashville 2
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 30: Nashville 3, St. Louis 1
Game 4 – Tues., May 2: Nashville 2, St. Louis 1
Game 5 – Fri., May 5: Nashville 1, St. Louis 2
Game 6 – Sun., May 7: St. Louis 1, Nashville 3

No. 1 Ducks vs. No. 2 Oilers (ANA wins, 4-3)

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 26: Edmonton 5, Anaheim 3
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 28: Edmonton 2, Anaheim 1
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 30: Anaheim 6, Edmonton 3
Game 4 – Wed., May 3: Anaheim 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)
Game 5 – Fri., May 5: Anaheim 4, Edmonton 3 (2OT)
Game 6 – Sun., May 7: Anaheim 1, Edmonton 7
Game 7 – Wed., May 10: Anaheim 2, Edmonton 1


First-round schedule

All times ET.

Eastern Conference

No. 2 Senators vs. No. 3 Bruins (OTT wins, 4-2)

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 12: Boston 2, Ottawa 1
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 15: Ottawa 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 17: Ottawa 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 19: Ottawa 1, Boston 0
Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 21: Boston 3, Ottawa 2 (2OT)
Game 6 – Sun., Apr. 23: Ottawa 3, Boston 2 (OT)

No. 1 Canadiens vs. WC Rangers (NYR wins, 4-2)

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 12: New York 2, Montreal 0
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 14: Montreal 4, New York 3 (OT)
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 16: Montreal 3, New York 1
Game 4 – Tues., Apr. 18: New York 2, Montreal 1
Game 5 – Thu., Apr: 20: New York 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 22: New York 3, Montreal 1

No. 2 Penguins vs. No. 3 Blue Jackets (PIT wins, 4-1)

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 12: Pittsburgh 3, Columbus 1
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 14: Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 1
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 16: Pittsburgh 5, Columbus 4 (OT)
Game 4 – Tues., Apr. 18: Columbus 5, Pittsburgh 4
Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 20: Pittsburgh 5, Columbus 2

No. 1 Capitals vs. WC 2 Maple Leafs (WSH wins, 4-2)

Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 13: Washington 3, Toronto 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 15: Toronto 4, Washington 3 (2OT)
Game 3 – Mon. Apr. 17: Toronto 4, Washington 3 (OT)
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 19: Washington 5, Toronto 4
Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 21: Washington 2, Toronto 1 (OT)
Game 6 – Sun., Apr. 23: Washington 2, Toronto 1 (OT)

Western Conference

No. 2 Wild vs. No. 3 Blues (STL wins, 4-1)

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 12: St. Louis 2, Minnesota 1 (OT)
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 14: St. Louis 2, Minnesota 1
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 16: St. Louis 3, Minnesota 1
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 19: Minnesota 2, St. Louis 0
Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 22: St. Louis 4, Minnesota 3

No. 2 Oilers vs. No. 3 Sharks (EDM wins, 4-2)

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 12: San Jose 3, Edmonton 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 14: Edmonton 2, San Jose 0
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 16: Edmonton 1, San Jose 0
Game 4 – Tues., Apr. 18: San Jose 7, Edmonton 0
Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 20: Edmonton 4, San Jose 3 (OT)
Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 22: Edmonton 3, San Jose 1

No. 1 Blackhawks vs. WC 2 Predators (NSH wins, 4-0)

Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 13: Nashville 1, Chicago 0
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 15: Nashville 5, Chicago 0
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 17: Nashville 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
Game 4 – Thu., Apr. 20: Nashville 4, Chicago 1

No. 1 Ducks vs. WC Flames (ANA wins, 4-0)

Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 13: Anaheim 3, Calgary 2
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 15: Anaheim 3, Calgary 2
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 17: Anaheim 5, Calgary 4 (OT)
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 19: Anaheim 3, Calgary 1


NHL playoffs format

The top three teams in each division — Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central, Pacific — earned automatic postseason berths, while the final four spots were given to two wild card teams in each conference based on point totals. The top seeds in both conferences play against the lowest wild card teams in the first round, and the other division winners face off against the other wild card qualifiers.

Otherwise, the matchups aren’t based on conference standings — rather, the second and third seeds in each division square off. From there, whomever emerges from the series involving division champions take on the winners of the series involving the second and third seeds, in what is known as the conference semifinals. The winners advance to the Conference Finals, and then the Stanley Cup Final.

Each series is best-of-seven, played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format.

Stanley Cup playoff teams

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

  1. Montreal Canadiens — 103 points
  2. Ottawa Senators — 98 points
  3. Boston Bruins — 95 points

Metropolitan Division

  1. Washington Capitals — 118 points
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins — 111 points
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets — 108 points

Wild Card

  1. New York Rangers — 102 points
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs — 95 points

Western Conference

Central Division

  1. Chicago Blackhawks — 109 points
  2. Minnesota Wild — 106 points
  3. St. Louis Blues — 99 points

Pacific Division

  1. Anaheim Ducks — 105 points
  2. Edmonton Oilers — 103 points
  3. San Jose Sharks — 99 points

Wild Card

  1. Calgary Flames — 94 points
  2. Nashville Predators — 94 points

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NBA playoffs 2017: Schedule, scores, bracket, and more

The 2017 NBA Finals are almost set after the Golden State Warriors clinched their spot for a third straight season by eliminating the San Antonio Spurs in the conference finals.

Golden State continued its domination of the Western Conference by sweeping the Spurs, who immediately lost their handle on the series after losing Kawhi Leonard to injury. They could never recover as the Warriors’ star power exerted itself over the Spurs’ system and experience.

In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are having slightly more trouble, but they’re still leading the Celtics, 2-1, in the series. If they can win a couple more games, they’ll set up another rematch with the Warriors in the Finals, which will begin June 1.

The format

The top eight teams in each conference, by record, qualify for the playoffs, and each round of the playoffs is a best-of-7 series, with a 2-2-1-1-1 schedule.

The teams

Eastern Conference

  1. Boston Celtics (53-29)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31)
  3. Toronto Raptors (51-31)
  4. Washington Wizards (49-33)
  5. Atlanta Hawks (43-39)
  6. Milwaukee Bucks (42-40)
  7. Indiana Pacers (42-40)
  8. Chicago Bulls (41-41)

Western Conference

  1. Golden State Warriors (67-15)
  2. San Antonio Spurs (61-21)
  3. Houston Rockets (55-27)
  4. Los Angeles Clippers (51-31)
  5. Utah Jazz (51-31)
  6. Oklahoma City (47-35)
  7. Memphis Grizzlies (43-39)
  8. Portland Trail Blazers (41-41)

Bracket

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Conference finals

All times ET

Western Conference

No. 1 Celtics vs. No. 2 Cavaliers

Game 1 – Wed., May 17: Cleveland 117, Boston 104 (recap)
Game 2 – Fri., May 19: Cleveland 130, Boston 86 (recap)
Game 3 – Sun., May 21: Boston 111, Cleveland 108 (recap)
Game 4 – Tue., May 23: Cleveland 112, Boston 99 (recap)
Game 5 – Thu., May 25: Cleveland at Boston, TBD (TNT)
Game 6* – Sat., May 27: Boston at Cleveland, TBD (TNT)
Game 7* – Mon., May 29: Cleveland at Boston, TBD (TNT)

Western Conference

No. 1 Warriors vs. No. 2 Spurs

Game 1 – Sun., May 14: Golden State 113, San Antonio 111 (recap)
Game 2 – Tue. May 16: Golden State 136, San Antonio 100 (recap)
Game 3 – Sat. May 20: Golden State 120, San Antonio 108 (recap)
Game 4 – Mon. May 22: Golden State 129, San Antonio 115 (recap)


Second round schedule

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Celtics vs. No. 4 Wizards

Series preview

Game 1 – Sun., Apr. 30: Boston 123, Washington 111 (recap)
Game 2 – Tue,. May 2: Boston 129, Washington 119 (recap)
Game 3 – Thu., May 4: Washington 116, Boston 89 (recap)
Game 4 – Sun., May 7: Washington 121, Boston 102 (recap)
Game 5 – Wed., May 10: Boston 123, Washington 101 (recap)
Game 6 – Fri., May 12: Washington 92, Boston 91 (recap)
Game 7 – Mon. May 15: Boston 115, Washington 105 (recap)

No. 2 Cavaliers vs. No. 3 Raptors

Series preview

Game 1 – Mon., May 1: Cleveland 116, Toronto 105 (recap)
Game 2 – Wed., May 3: Cleveland 125, Toronto 103 (recap)
Game 3 – Fri., May 5: Cleveland 115, Toronto 94 (recap)
Game 4 – Sun., May 7: Cleveland 109, Toronto 102 (recap)

Western Conference

No. 2 Spurs vs. No. 3 Rockets

Series preview

Game 1 – Mon., May 1: Houston 126, San Antonio 99 (recap)
Game 2 – Wed. May 3: San Antonio 121, Houston 96 (recap)
Game 3 – Fri. May 5: San Antonio 103, Houston 92 (recap)
Game 4 – Sun. May 7: Houston 125, San Antonio 104 (recap)
Game 5 – Tue. May 9: San Antonio 110, Houston 107 (recap)
Game 6 – Thu. May 11: San Antonio 114, Houston 75 (recap)

No. 1 Warriors vs. No. 5 Jazz

Series preview

Game 1 – Tues., May 2: Golden State 106, Utah 94 (recap)
Game 2: Thurs., May 4: Golden State 115, Utah 104 (recap)
Game 3: Sat., May 6: Golden State 102, Utah 91 (recap)
Game 4: Mon., May 8: Golden State 121, Utah 95 (recap)


First round schedule

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Celtics vs. No. 8 Bulls

Series preview

Game 1 – Sun., Apr. 16: Chicago 106, Boston 102 (recap)
Game 2 – Tue., Apr. 18: Chicago 111 Boston 97 (recap)
Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 21: Boston 104, Chicago 87 (recap)
Game 4 – Sun., Apr. 23: Boston 104, Chicago 95 (recap)
Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 26: Boston 108, Chicago 97 (recap)
Game 6 – Fri., Apr. 28: Boston 105, Chicago 83 (recap)

No. 2 Cavaliers vs. No. 7 Pacers

Series preview

Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 15: Cleveland 109, Indiana 108 (recap)
Game 2 – Mon., Apr. 17: Cleveland 117, Indiana 111 (recap)
Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 20: Cleveland 119, Indiana 114 (recap)
Game 4 – Sun., Apr. 23: Cleveland 106, Indiana 102 (recap)

No. 3 Raptors vs. No. 6 Bucks

Series preview

Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 15: Milwaukee 97, Toronto 83 (recap)
Game 2 – Tue., Apr. 18: Toronto 106, Milwaukee 100 (recap)
Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 20: Milwaukee 104, Toronto 77 (recap)
Game 4 – Sat., Apr. 22: Toronto 87, Milwaukee 76 (recap)
Game 5 – Mon., Apr. 24: Toronto 118, Milwaukee 93 (recap)
Game 6 – Thu., Apr. 27: Toronto 92, Milwaukee 89 (recap)

No. 4 Wizards vs. No. 5 Hawks

Series preview

Game 1 – Sun., Apr. 16: Washington 114, Atlanta 107 (recap)
Game 2 – Wed., Apr. 19: Washington 109, Atlanta 101 (recap)
Game 3 – Sat., Apr. 22: Atlanta 116, Washington 98 (recap)
Game 4 – Mon., Apr. 24: Atlanta 111, Washington 101 (recap)
Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 26: Washington 103, Atlanta 99 (recap)
Game 6 – Fri., Apr. 28: Washington 115, Atlanta 99 (recap)

Western Conference

No. 1 Warriors vs. No. 8 Trail Blazers

Series preview

Game 1 – Sun., Apr. 16: Golden State 121, Portland 109 (recap)
Game 2 – Wed., Apr. 19: Golden State 110, Portland 81 (recap)
Game 3 – Sat., Apr. 22: Golden State 119, Portland 113 (recap)
Game 4 – Mon., Apr. 24: Golden State 128, Portland 103 (recap)

No. 2 Spurs vs. No. 7 Grizzlies

Series preview

Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 15: San Antonio 111, Memphis 82 (recap)
Game 2 – Mon., Apr. 17: San Antonio 96, Memphis 82 (recap)
Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 20: Memphis 105, San Antonio 94 (recap)
Game 4 – Sat., Apr. 22: Memphis 110, San Antonio 108, OT (recap)
Game 5 – Tue., Apr. 25: San Antonio 116, Memphis 103 (recap)
Game 6 – Thu., Apr. 27: San Antonio 103, Memphis 96 (recap)

No. 3 Rockets vs. No. 6 Thunder

Series preview

Game 1 – Sun., Apr. 16: Houston 118, Oklahoma City 87 (recap)
Game 2 – Wed., Apr. 19: Houston 115, Oklahoma City 111 (recap)
Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 21: Oklahoma City 115, Houston 113 (recap)
Game 4 – Sun., Apr. 23: Houston 113, Oklahoma City 109 (recap)
Game 5 – Tue., Apr. 25: Houston 105, Oklahoma City 99 (recap)

No. 4 Clippers vs. No. 5 Jazz

Series preview

Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 15: Utah 97, Los Angeles 95 (recap)
Game 2 – Tue., Apr. 18: Los Angeles 99, Utah 91 (recap)
Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 21: Los Angeles 111, Utah 106 (recap)
Game 4 – Sun., Apr. 23: Utah 105, Los Angeles 98 (recap)
Game 5 – Tue., Apr. 25: Utah 96, Los Angeles 92 (recap)
Game 6 – Fri., Apr. 28: Los Angeles 98, Utah 93 (recap)
Game 7 – Sun., Apr. 30: Utah 104, Los Angeles 91 (recap)


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New Mexico athletic administration used public money for a $64K golf trip

Must be nice.

Earlier this month, KRQE in Albuquerque, NM, reported that the New Mexico athletic department footed the bill for a 2015 golf vacation for a couple of members of the Lobos administration — totaling just over $39,000.

On Monday, the story went a little deeper as athletic director Paul Krebs said it was more than just UNM officials who got a free trip on the school’s dime:

Paul Krebs told President Abdallah it wasn’t just Athletic Department bigwigs who got a free vacation to Scotland. Krebs now admits, UNM quietly picked up the tab for a select group of local businessmen to go on the trip. He admits using $24,000 in university funds to give private individuals a free golfing holiday. The Athletic Director says UNM paid for their trip because they were potential donors to the athletic program.

Add it all up, and the public ended up shelling out $64,949 for a golfing holiday in Scotland.

Krebs has been justifying this as a business expense used to drum up donor contributions from some of the people on the trip. Reportedly, an anonymous donor paid the money back, but either way this isn’t a good look.

It’s particularly gutting for a program that needs to save every single penny it can. Just last month, the school announced it would cut the men’s and women’s ski teams to save $600,000. The Lobos are not unlike many programs outside the Power 5 that claim to be facing budget issues, and reportedly the program is over $1.5 million in debt. A survey the school posted on its website about budgetary feedback in January had only received 15 responses in its first three months live.

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Charles Barkley told Shaq he rode ‘on Kobe’s coattails’ in insult exchange on TNT

Were they just having fun?

Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley are always talking trash to each other on TNT. Most of the times, it’s playful and harmless. One will call the other fat, and then they’ll both chuckle. But sometimes, it gets real personal real fast.

This started with the TNT crew giving brief Game 5 predictions, when Shaq decided to dismiss Barkley’s opinion because he only made the NBA Finals once and lost. Conveniently, Shaq had a big ol’ ring ready to show off. Then Chuck listed all the people who helped out Shaq get those rings: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Alonzo Mourning.

Shaq didn’t like that much so he fired off with, “People question why you’re in the Hall of Fame anyway, bum.”

They continued talking trash for so long it got kind of awkward for Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith. Whether they were still playing or things really got serious is up in the air, but it was entertaining as hell.

They looked like they were having fun after the exchange.

Look at these sloppy eaters

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Tyronn Lue jokes with reporter whom LeBron James called out after Game 3

Everything’s a bit more fun after a win.

Some NBA reporters show up for every game of the regular season and playoffs. Others pick and choose which games they want to show face for.

Either way, you’re not fooling LeBron James, who called out WHBC’s Kenny Roda after the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

“Seems like you only ask questions when we losing,” James said. “It’s a weird thing with you, Kenny. Always come around when we lose, I swear.”

Roda then showed his face during the Cavaliers’ Game 4 win over the Celtics on Tuesday. Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue had some fun with his superstar’s comments at Roda’s expense after the victory.

“You only show up when we lose,” Lue said, via Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver. “That’s funny, man.”

Maybe Roda broke the curse by showing face in the presence of a Cavaliers victory. Either way, shoutouts to him for doing his job.

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