NHL: Stanley Cup Final begins Wednesday

NEW YORK (AP) The Stanley Cup Final will open on Wednesday with Game 1 in New York, Tampa or Anaheim.

The NHL announced Thursday that Game 1 will be at Madison Square Garden if the Rangers beat the Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final on Friday night.

If the Lightning win, they'll have home-ice advantage in the Cup final if the Blackhawks beat the Ducks in Game 7 of the West final. If the Ducks and Lightning win, Anaheim has home ice.

Game 2 will be held on June 6, with games on June 8 and June 10.

If necessary, Game 5 will be June 13, followed by games on June 15 and June 17.

It's the first time since 2000 and third time in NHL history that the two conference finals went seven games.

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