NHL playoffs 2017: Scores, live updates and highlights from first-round games

Keep up with the latest scores and highlights from Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

It's officially playoff hockey.

Now that your Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge is set, it's time to get to the real action withfive gameson the NHL schedule Wednesday — three in the Eastern Conference and two in two in the West.

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Highlighting Wednesday's games is a matchup between two of the NHL's top teams in a rare Round 1 matchup. Sidney Crosby and thePittsburgh Penguins take onCam Atkinsonand theColumbus Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m.

Other games include the New York Rangers at the Montreal Canadiens; the Boston Bruins at the Ottawa Senators; the St. Louis Blues at the Minnesota Wild; and the San Jose Sharks at the Edmonton Oilers.

Games will be televised on NBCSN, NHL Network and USA Network. They can belive-streamed online atNBC Sports, the NBC Sports appand the CBC Sports app.

Keep up with latestscores and highlights from Wednesday night's games (all times Eastern) by following along below.

NHL scores


New York Rangers vs.Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. on NHL Network

Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. on NBCSN

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. on USA

St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild, 9:30 p.m. on NBCSN

San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers, 10 p.m. on USA

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