NHL Playoff Bracket 2021: Updated Stanley Cup Dates, Live Stream and Schedule

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As fate would have it, all eyes are on Canada.

The final game in the first round of the NHL playoffs between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will be played on Monday night and only one team can move on to face the Winnipeg Jets in its continued chase for the Stanley Cup.

For Toronto, it's been an anguishing one. They haven't won a playoff series in 17 years and haven't touched Stanley since 1967.

The Maple Leafs entered the playoffs as a serious contender, but now their backs are against the wall after losing Game 6 3-2 in overtime to the Canadiens.

Simply put, the stakes are high in Game 7.

"In a Game 7, you rise to the occasion because you're in the moment and there may not be a tomorrow," Toronto forward Nick Foligno told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski.

As for the rest of the field, the Boston Bruins took care of business on Saturday night, winning the first game of the second round 5-2 over the New York Islanders.

The other four teams play in a double-header on Sunday.

Game 1 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes is up first at 5 p.m., then it's the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche kicking off their second round series at 8 p.m.

So buckle up, hockey fans, the games can only get more intense from here.

Sunday, May 30

Game 1: Tampa Bay at Carolina, 5 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Game 1: Vegas at Colorado, 8 p.m., NBC

Monday, May 31

Game 7: Montreal at Toronto, 7 p.m., CNBC

Game 2: New York at Boston, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Tuesday, June 1

Game 2: Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Wednesday, June 2

Game 2: Vegas at Colorado, 10 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Thursday, June 3

Game 3: Boston at New York, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Game 3: Carolina at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m., USA

Friday, June 4

Game 3: Colorado at Vegas, 10 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Saturday, June 5

Game 4: Carolina at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m., USA

Game 4: Boston at New York, 7:15 p.m., NBC

Sunday, June 6

Game 4: Colorado at Vegas, 8:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network

Monday, June 7

Game 5: New York at Boston, TBD*

Tuesday, June 8

Game 5: Vegas at Colorado, TBD*

Game 5: Tampa Bay at Carolina, TBD*

Wednesday, June 9

Game 6: Boston at New York, TBD*

Thursday, June 10

Game 6: Colorado at Vegas, TBD*

Game 6: Carolina at Tampa Bay, TBD*

Friday, June 11

Game 7: New York at Boston, TBD*

Saturday, June 12

Game 7: Vegas at Colorado, TBD*

Game 7: Tampa Bay at Carolina, TBD*

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With Boston's 5-2 win over New York Saturday night, the conference semifinals are officially underway.

Next up is a scintillating double-header with four teams that know how to win.

Up first is the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning, who will face the Carolina Hurricanes on their home ice.

Both teams won their first round series in six games, so neither one has had to wait on the other to play.

Known for their resiliency, the Hurricanes will put up a strong fight, but the Lightning's experience should shine through.

With Nikita Kucherov and Barclay Goodrow both back in the lineup and playing well, look for Tampa Bay to take Game 1.

The second game of the day is a battle of the two teams with the best records in the league.

Presidents' Trophy winner Colorado Avalanche swept the St. Louis Blues in the first round and have been patiently waiting since May 23 on the Vegas Golden Knights, who just put away the Minnesota Wild with a 6-2 Game 7 win on Friday night.

Both of these teams are elite, so the series can go either way.

But Avalanche forward Tyson Jost said it all when it comes to who will take Game 1.

"Rest is a weapon," he told The Athletic's Peter Baugh.

Statistics obtained from Hockey Reference.

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