April 30, 2013 12:24 am

NHL Stanley Cup playoffs: Round 1

16 teams will compete for a chance to write their names on hockey's most storied prize. (Photo by Thomas Nycz/NHLI via Getty Images)

Short and sweet.

That defines a 2013 48-game regular season that wasn’t short on excitement nor playoff races, but now, with the dust settled, the quest for the Stanley Cup is underway. The Pittsburgh Penguins in the East and the Chicago Blackhawks in the West entered as the favorites, but will an unexpected team get hot at the right time — like last year’s Los Angeles Kings?

Buckle up for two months of the most entertaining hockey going. Click on the links below to visit each series page.

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#1 PITTSBURGH vs. #8 NEW YORK ISLANDERS

(Series tied 1-1)

Game 1 – Pittsburgh  5 Islanders 0
Game 2 Pittsburgh 3 Islanders 4
Game 3 @ NYI, Sunday, 12:00 p.m.
Game 4 @ NYI, May 7, 7:00 p.m.
Game 5* @ Pit, May 9, 7:00 p.m.
Game 6* @ NYI, May 11, TBD
Game 7* @ Pit, May 12, TBD

#2 MONTREAL vs. #7 OTTAWA

(Series tied 1-1)

Game 1 Ottawa 4 Montreal 2
Game 2 Ottawa 1 Montreal 2
Game 3 @ Ott, Sunday, 7:00 p.m.
Game 4 @ Ott, May 7, 7:00 p.m.
Game 5* @ Mtl, May 9, 7:00 p.m.
Game 6* @ Ott, May 11, TBD
Game 7* @ Mtl, May 12, TBD

#3 WASHINGTON vs. #6 NEW YORK RANGERS

(Capitals lead series 1-0)

Game 1 Washington 2 New York 1
Game 2 @ Wsh, Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Game 3 @ NYR, May 6, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 @ NYR, May 8, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5* @ Wsh, May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Game 6* @ NYR, May 12, TBD
Game 7* @ Wsh, May 13, TBD

#4 BOSTON vs. #5 TORONTO

(Boston leads series 1-0)

Game 1 – Boston 4 Toronto 1
Game 2 @ Bos, Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Game 3 @ Tor, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
Game 4 @ Tor, May 8, 7:00 p.m.
Game 5* @ Bos, May 10, 7:00 p.m.
Game 6* @ Tor, May 12, TBD
Game 7* @ Bos, May 13, TBD

Western

#1 CHICAGO vs. #8 MINNESOTA

(Chicago leads series 2-0)

Game 1 Chicago 2 Minnesota 1
Game 2 Chicago 5 Minnesota 2
Game 3 @ Min, Sunday, 9:30 p.m.
Game 4 @ Min, May 7, 9:30 p.m.
Game 5* @ Chi, May 9, TBD
Game 6* @ Min, May 11, TBD
Game 7* @ Chi, Sun May 12, TBD

#2 ANAHEIM vs. #7 DETROIT

(Series tied 1-1)

Game 1 Anaheim 3 Detroit 1
Game 2 Anaheim 4 Detroit 5
Game 3 @ Det, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 @ Det, May 6, 8:00 p.m.
Game 5* @ Ana, May 8, 10:00 p.m.
Game 6* @ Det, May 10, TBD
Game 7* @ Ana, May 12, TBD

#3 VANCOUVER vs. #6 SAN JOSE

(San Jose leads 2-0)

Game 1 – Vancouver 1 San Jose 3
Game 2 Vancouver 2 San Jose 3
Game 3 @ SJ, Sunday, 10:00 p.m.
Game 4 @ SJ, May 7, 10:00 p.m.
Game 5* @ Van, May 9, 10:00 p.m.
Game 6* @ SJ, May 11, TBD
Game 7* @ Van, May 13, TBD

#4 ST. LOUIS vs. #5 LOS ANGELES

(St. Louis leads series 2-0)

Game 1 St. Louis 2 Los Angeles 1
Game 2 St. Louis 2 Los Angeles 1
Game 3 @ LA, Saturday, 10:00 p.m.
Game 4 @ LA, May 6, 10:00 p.m.m
Game 5* @ StL, May 8, TBD
Game 6* @ LA, May 10, TBD
Game 7* @ Stl, May 13, TBD

* if necessary.
All times Eastern

With files from Canadian Press

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