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2011 NHL Playoff Bracket: Penguins Vs. Lightning In First Round

Here's a look at the complete 2011 NHL Playoff bracket for the first round, along with Game One starting times. Along with the Ducks and Coyotes, the Penguins and Lightning have the honor of getting the playoffs started, which those first two games beginning on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. All times Eastern.

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Eastern Conference

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No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 New York Rangers (Wednesday, 7:30)

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No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 7 Buffalo Sabres (Thursday, 7:30)

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No. 3 Boston Bruins vs. No. 6 Montreal Canadiens (Thursday, 7:00)

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No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay Lightning (Wednesday, 7:00)

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Western Conference

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No. 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks (Wednesday, 10:00 PM)

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No. 2 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 7 Los Angeles Kings (Thursday, 10:00)

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No. 3 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 6 Phoenix Coyotes (Wednesday, 7:00)

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No. 4 Anaheim Ducks vs. No. 5 Nashville Predators (Wednesday, 10:30)

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For more on the upcoming Penguins vs. Lightning series, check out Stephen Catanese's series preview, in which he predicts that the Lightning will win the series in six games. Also check out PensBurgh for Penguins coverage and Raw Charge for the Lighning, as well as SB Nation Tampa Bay.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.