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Russell Crowe once got so Cup Crazy that he threw a phone at a dude and made out with Meg Ryan. And while that might not be entirely accurate, here's what is: The NHL's official schedule of first-round games for the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Here on Puck Daddy, we have some rather interesting things planned for the next three days before faceoff. Our previews of individual series will run on Tuesday and Wednesday; we'll have our official staff picks coming up and some unorthodox methodologies for selecting winners; and we'll also have some special videos for you to view in preparation for the playoffs. Much fun will be had by all.

In looking at the schedules, the Washington Capitals/New York Rangers series and the Pittsburgh Penguins/Philadelphia Flyers series are both scheduled to be on NBC twice if necessary. The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils won't be on national television in the U.S. until Game 6; and only Game 2 of the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens is scheduled for Versus.

Every game of the San Jose Sharks/Anaheim Ducks series and the Vancouver Canucks/St. Louis Blues series are scheduled to be on Versus. The Vancouver series also has a quirk: Game 4 is on a Tuesday and Game 5 is on a Friday. A few extra days of ice packs for Misters Tkachuk and Sundin.

The schedules follow. What a ride this is going to be.

From the NHL:

2009 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINALS

No. 1 Boston Bruins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

Thursday, April 16        7 p.m.  Montreal at Boston       CBC, RDS
Saturday, April 18        8 p.m.  Montreal at Boston       VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Monday, April 20         7 p.m.  Boston at Montreal       CBC, RDS
Wednesday, April 22    7 p.m.  Boston at Montreal       CBC, RDS
*Saturday, April 25      7 p.m.  Montreal at Boston       CBC, RDS
*Monday, April 27       TBD     Boston at Montreal       CBC, RDS
*Wednesday, April 29 TBD     Montreal at Boston       CBC, RDS

No. 2 Washington Capitals vs. No. 7 New York Rangers

Wednesday, April 15    7 p.m.  NY Rangers at Washington       TSN
Saturday, April 18        1 p.m.  NY Rangers at Washington       NBC, TSN
Monday, April 20         7 p.m.  Washington at NY Rangers       VERSUS, TSN
Wednesday, April 22    7 p.m.  Washington at NY Rangers       VERSUS, TSN
*Friday, April 24          7 p.m.  NY Rangers at Washington       VERSUS, TSN, RDS
*Sunday, April 26        2 p.m.  Washington at NY Rangers     NBC, TSN, RDS
*Tuesday, April 28       TBD     NY Rangers at Washington       VERSUS, TSN, RDS

No. 3 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 6 Carolina Hurricanes

Wednesday, April 15    7:30 p.m.         Carolina at New Jersey TSN, RIS
Friday, April 17            7:30 p.m.         Carolina at New Jersey TSN, RIS
Sunday, April 19          7:30 p.m.         New Jersey at Carolina TSN, RIS
Tuesday, April 21         7:30 p.m.        New Jersey at Carolina TSN, RIS
*Thursday, April 23      7:30 p.m.        Carolina at New Jersey  TSN, RIS
*Sunday, April 26        TBD                 New Jersey at Carolina TSN, VERSUS
*Tuesday, April 28       7:30 p.m.        Carolina at New Jersey  TSN

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers

Wednesday, April 15    7 p.m.  Philadelphia at Pittsburgh          VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Friday, April 17            7 p.m.  Philadelphia at Pittsburgh          VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Sunday, April 19          3 p.m.  Pittsburgh at Philadelphia          NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, April 21         7 p.m.  Pittsburgh at Philadelphia          VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Thursday, April 23      7 p.m.  Philadelphia at Pittsburgh          VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Saturday, April 25      3 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia          NBC, CBC
*Monday, April 27       TBD    Philadelphia at Pittsburgh          VERSUS, CBC        

2009 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINALS

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Anaheim Ducks

Thursday, April 16        10:30 p.m.        Anaheim at San Jose     VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Sunday, April 19          10 p.m.            Anaheim at San Jose     VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, April 21         10:30 p.m.        San Jose at Anaheim     VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, April 23        10:30 p.m.        San Jose at Anaheim     VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Saturday, April 25      10 p.m.            Anaheim at San Jose     VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Monday, April 27       TBD                San Jose at Anaheim     VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Wednesday, April 29 TBD                 Anaheim at San Jose     VERSUS, CBC, RDS

No. 2 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 7 Columbus Blue Jackets

Thursday, April 16        7 p.m.  Columbus at Detroit      VERSUS, TSN
Saturday, April 18        6 p.m.  Columbus at Detroit      TSN
Tuesday, April 21         7 p.m.  Detroit at Columbus      TSN
Thursday, April 23        7 p.m.  Detroit at Columbus     TSN
*Saturday, April 25      7 p.m.  Columbus at Detroit      VERSUS, TSN
*Monday, April 27       TBD    Detroit at Columbus      TSN
*Wednesday, April 29 TBD     Columbus at Detroit      VERSUS, TSN

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 St. Louis Blues

Wed., April 15             10 p.m.         St. Louis at Vancouver CBC, VERSUS, RDS
Friday, April 17            10 p.m.         St. Louis at Vancouver        CBC, VERSUS, RDS
Sunday, April 19          7 p.m.        Vancouver at St. Louis        CBC, VERSUS
Tuesday, April 21         8 p.m.        Vancouver at St. Louis        CBC, VERSUS
*Friday, April 24          10 p.m.        St. Louis at Vancouver        CBC, VERSUS, RDS
*Sunday, April 26        8 p.m.        Vancouver at St. Louis        CBC, VERSUS, RDS
*Tuesday, April 28       TBD           St. Louis at Vancouver        CBC, VERSUS, RDS

No. 4 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 5 Calgary Flames

Thursday, April 16        8:30 p.m.          Calgary at Chicago       TSN, VERSUS
Saturday, April 18        TBD                 Calgary at Chicago       TSN
Monday, April 20         9:30 p.m.          Chicago at Calgary       TSN, VERSUS
Wednesday, April 22    TBD                 Chicago at Calgary       TSN, VERSUS
*Saturday, April 25      10 p.m.            Calgary at Chicago       TSN, RIS
*Monday, April 27       TBD                 Chicago at Calgary       TSN
*Wednesday, April 29 TBD                 Calgary at Chicago       TSN

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