Hurricanes-Bruins start set for Eastern Conference finals, but not the rest

The beginning of the Eastern Conference finals was set Tuesday, but the rest of the best-of-seven series between the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins remains uncertain.

The Hurricanes will open the series Thursday night in Boston at 8 p.m. on NBCSN, but Game 2 could be either Saturday night or Sunday afternoon (on NBC) depending on the results of the Game 7s in the Western Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The series would then likely proceed on an every-other-day basis as it returns to Raleigh for Games 3 and 4.

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Game 1

Thursday, May 9

Hurricanes at Bruins, TD Garden

8 p.m., NBCSN

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Sports columnist Luke DeCock has covered four Final Fours, the Summer Olympics, the Super Bowl and the Carolina Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup. He joined The News & Observer in 2000 to cover the Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a columnist in 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has won multiple national and state awards for his columns and feature writing while twice being named North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year.