NHL releases complete schedule for Bruins-Hurricanes series

Mar 5, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) handles the puck during the third period while Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) looks on at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

After what felt like weeks of unnecessary limbo -- it was only two days, but you get the picture -- you can finally plan your life around the Bruins' third-round series, as the NHL has officially released their complete schedule for their Eastern Conference Finals head-to-head with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Game 1: Thursday, May 9 at 8 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA) – NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA

Game 2: Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA) – NBC, SN, CBC, TVA

Game 3: Tuesday, May 14 at 8 p.m. (PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC) – NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA

Game 4: Thursday, May 16 at 8 p.m. (PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC) – NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA

Game 5: Saturday, May 18 at 7:15 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA) – NBC, SN, CBC, TVA

Game 6: Monday, May 20 at 8 p.m. (PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC) – NBCSN, SN1, CBC, TVA

Game 7: Wednesday, May 22 at 8 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA) – NBCSN, SN360, CBC, TVA

This is Boston's first time in the Eastern Conference Finals since 2013, when they knocked off the ultra-loaded Pittsburgh Penguins behind some straight-up absurd goaltending from Tuukka Rask (a .985 save percentage) en route to a sweep.

The Hurricanes haven't been here since 2009, which saw them experience the direct opposite fate of the '13 Bruins, as they were swept by the Penguins en route to Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

The winner of this third-round series will go on to play the winner of the West's third-round showdown between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues, which was solidified by way of San Jose's 3-2 win in Wednesday's Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Bruins won both of their 2018-19 head-to-heads against the Sharks (they were actually probably two of the best games of the entire season) but split their two-game series against the Blues.

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Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.