Three series in the first round of the 2013 NHL playoffs went to a Game 7.
Don't expect things to get any less contentious in the second round, either.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators will get the second round started on Tuesday, May 14. The No. 1-seeded Penguins beat the New York Islanders in six games in the first round, while the No. 7-seeded Senators shocked the Montreal Canadiens in five games. The Penguins and Senators rank first and second respectively in goals per game during the postseason. Ottawa also allowed just 1.8 goals per contest in the first round.
The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks will start their series after the Penguins and Senators game. The Kings are coming off a 4-2 series victory over the St. Louis Blues, while the Sharks swept the Vancouver Canucks. San Jose is averaging 3.75 goals per game in the playoffs; Los Angeles is allowing 1.67 goals per game.
On Wednesday, May 15, the series between the No. 1 seed Chicago Blackhawks and No. 7 seed Detroit Red Wings gets started. The powerhouse Blackhawks did what they were supposed to do against the Minnesota Wild in the first round, winning the series in five games. The Red Wings shocked the No. 2 seed Anaheim Ducks, roaring back from a 3-2 series deficit to win the final two games of the series. Chicago is averaging 3.4 goals per game during the playoffs while allowing 1.4 goals per contest. Detroit's defense will have to tighten up to shock the Blackhawks.
The Boston Bruins will start things off with the New York Rangers on Thursday, May 16. The Bruins are coming off a spectacular come-from-behind victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 on Monday. The Rangers blanked the Washington Capitals in Game 7. Boston has been one of the top scoring squads in the postseason, averaging 3.14 goals per game. The Rangers have put the clamps down on defense, allowing 1.71 goals per contest.
When: May 14 - May 29 (if necessary)
Watch: NBC Sports, NBC, TSN, CNBC, RDS, CBC
Live Stream: NHL.com
2013 NHL Playoff Round 2 TV Schedule (courtesy of NHL.com)
All times ET. *If necessary
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (7) Ottawa Senators
|1||Pittsburgh||Tuesday, May 14||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC, RDS|
|2||Pittsburgh||Friday, May 17||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC|
|3||Ottawa||Sunday, May 19||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC, RDS
|4||Ottawa||Wednesday, May 22||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC, RDS
|5*||Pittsburgh||Friday, May 24||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC, RDS|
|6*||Ottawa||Sunday, May 26 ||TBD||CBC, RDS|
|7*||Pittsburgh||Tuesday, May 28||TBD||CBC, RDS|
(5) Los Angeles Kings vs. (6) San Jose Sharks
|1||Los Angeles||Tuesday, May 14||10 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN
|2||Los Angeles||Thursday, May 16||10 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN
|3||San Jose||Saturday, May 18 ||9 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN|
|4||San Jose||Tuesday, May 21||10 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN|
|5*||Los Angeles||Thursday, May 23||10:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN
|6*||San Jose||Sunday, May 26||TBD||TSN|
|7*||Los Angeles||Tuesday, May 28||TBD||TSN|
(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings
|1||Chicago||Wednesday, May 15||8 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC
|2||Chicago||Saturday, May 18||1 p.m.||NBC, CBC|
|3||Detroit||Monday, May 20||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC|
|4||Detroit||Thursday, May 23||8 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC|
|5*||Chicago||Saturday, May 25||TBD||CBC|
|6*||Detroit||Monday, May 27||TBD||CBC|
|7*||Chicago||Wednesday, May 29||TBD||CBC|
(4) Boston Bruins vs. (6) New York Rangers
|1||Boston||Thursday, May 16||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN, RDS
|2||Boston||Sunday, May 19||3 p.m.||NBC, TSN, RDS|
|3||New York||Tuesday, May 21||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN, RDS
|4||New York||Thursday, May 23||7 p.m.||CNBC, TSN, RDS|
|5*||Boston||Saturday, May 25||TBD.||TSN, RDS|
|6*||New York||Monday, May 27||TBD||TSN, RDS|
|7*||Boston||Wednesday, May 29||TBD||TSN, RDS|