Capitals-Rangers first-round playoff schedule

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The Capitals (and fans) have been waiting for this day for almost a year – the chance to open a new playoff season. That day is Wednesday, as the Caps open their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Rangers at 7:30 p.m. at Verizon Center.

Game 1 will be broadcast nationally on Versus as well as locally on CSN. Game 2 is set for Friday night at 7:30.

The series shifts to Madison Square Garden beginning Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. – a game that can be seen on NBC. Game 4 is Wednesday night from the Garden.

Games 5, 6 and 7 (* if necessary) will be the following Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

Check out Monday’s paper for a preview of the series.

Full schedule:

Game 1: Wednesday, 7:30 at Verizon Center, Versus/CSN

Game 2: Friday, 7:30 at Verizon Center, Versus/CSN

Game 3: Sunday, 3 at Madison Square Garden, NBC

Game 4: Wednesday, 7 at Madison Square Garden, Versus/CSN

Game 5*: Saturday April 23, 3 at Verizon Center, NBC

Game 6*: Monday April 25, TBD at Madison Square Garden, CSN

Game 7*: Wednesday April 27, TBD at Verizon Center, CSN

* - If necessary

All games not broadcast on NBC will be on CSN locally and blacked out on Versus.

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