Ever since the Bruins went on their historic 12-0-1 November run, fans have been waiting for the playoffs to start.

Three months later, the moment everyone's been waiting for is finally here, as the NHL released the quarterfinal schedule for the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs on Sunday.

The second-seeded Bruins will begin their championship defense against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, with the puck will dropping at 7:30 p.m. at the TD Garden. The B's and Caps will play in Boston again Saturday afternoon, before the series shifts to Washington for Game 3 Monday evening.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs will kick off with four games on Wednesday, the first of which will feature the Eastern Conference's top seed, New York, hosting the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m.

Rivals Philadelphia and Pittsburgh will also play Wednesday night, while the Detroit Red Wings and Presidents' Trophy winners Vancouver will be in action as well.

Check out the entire first-round schedule below (all times Eastern).

2012 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

Time No. 1 New York  versus No. 8 Ottawa Networks
Thursday, April 12 7 p.m. Ottawa at NY Rangers NHL Network, CBC
Saturday, April 14 7 p.m. Ottawa at NY Rangers NBC Sports Network, CBC
Monday, April 16 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Ottawa CBC, CNBC
Wednesday, April 18 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Ottawa CBC, CNBC
*Saturday, April 21 7 p.m. Ottawa at NY Rangers NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Monday, April 23 TBD NY Rangers at Ottawa TBD
*Thursday, April 26 TBD Ottawa at NY Rangers TBD
       

Time No. 2 Boston versus No. 7 Washington Networks
Thursday, April 12 7:30 p.m. Washington at Boston NESN, NBC Sports Network, CBC
Saturday, April 14 3 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC, CBC
Monday, April 16 7:30 p.m. Boston at Washington NESN, NBC Sports Network, CBC
Thursday, April 19 7:30 p.m. Boston at Washington NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Saturday, April 21 3 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC, CBC
*Sunday, April 22 TBD Boston at Washington TBD
*Wednesday, April 25 TBD Washington at Boston TBD
       

Time No. 3 Florida versus No. 6 New Jersey Networks
Friday, April 13 7 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
Sunday, April 15 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NBC Sports Network, TSN
Tuesday, April 17 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
Thursday, April 19 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
*Saturday, April 21 6:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Florida at New Jersey TBD
*Thursday, April 26 TBD New Jersey at Florida TBD
       

Time No. 4 Pittsburgh versus No. 5 Philadelphia Networks
Wednesday, April 11 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
Friday, April 13 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
Sunday, April 15 3 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBC, TSN
Wednesday, April 18 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Friday, April 20 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Sunday, April 22 TBD Pittsburgh at Philadelphia TBD
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Philadelphia at Pittsburgh TBD
       
2012 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

Time No. 1 Vancouver versus No. 8 Los Angeles Networks
Wednesday, April 11 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Vancouver CBC, NBC Sports Network
Friday, April 13 10 p.m. Los Angeles at Vancouver CBC, NBC Sports Network
Sunday, April 15 10:30 p.m. Vancouver at Los Angeles NBC Sports Network, CBC
Wednesday, April 18 10 p.m. Vancouver at Los Angeles NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Sunday, April 22 TBD Los Angeles at Vancouver TBD
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Vancouver at Los Angeles TBD
*Thursday, April 26 TBD Los Angeles at Vancouver TBD
       

Time No. 2 St. Louis versus No. 7 San Jose Networks
Thursday, April 12 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis CNBC, TSN
Saturday, April 14 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis CNBC, TSN
Monday, April 16 10 p.m. St. Louis at San Jose NBC Sports Network, TSN
Thursday, April 19 10:30 p.m. St. Louis at San Jose NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Saturday, April 21 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis CNBC, TSN
*Monday, April 23 TBD St. Louis at San Jose TBD
*Wednesday, April 25 TBD San Jose at St. Louis TBD
       

TIME No. 3 Phoenix verus No. 6 Chicago Networks
Thursday, April 12 10 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
Saturday, April 14 10 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
Tuesday, April 17 9 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago CNBC, TSN
Thursday, April 19 8 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago CNBC, TSN
*Saturday, April 21 10 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Monday, April 23 TBD Phoenix at Chicago TBD
*Wednesday, April 25 TBD Chicago at Phoenix TBD
       

Time No. 4 Nashville versus No. 5 Detroit Networks
Wednesday, April 11 8 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
Friday, April 13 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
Sunday, April 15 Noon Nashville at Detroit NBC, CBC
Tuesday, April 17 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Detroit NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Friday, April 20 8 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
*Sunday, April 22 TBD Nashville at Detroit TBD
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Detroit at Nashville TBD
2012 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
SERIES A TIME (ET) #1 NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday vs. NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday #8 Networks
Thursday, April 12, 2012 7 p.m. Ottawa at NY Rangers NHL Network, CBC
Saturday, April 14, 2012 7 p.m. Ottawa at NY Rangers NBC Sports Network, CBC
Monday, April 16, 2012 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Ottawa CBC, CNBC
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Ottawa CBC, CNBC
*Saturday, April 21, 2012 7 p.m. Ottawa at NY Rangers NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Monday, April 23, 2012 TBD NY Rangers at Ottawa TBD
*Thursday, April 26, 2012 TBD Ottawa at NY Rangers TBD
       
SERIES B TIME (ET) #2 NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday vs. NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday #7 Networks
Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:30 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC Sports Network, CBC
Saturday, April 14, 2012 3 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC, CBC
Monday, April 16, 2012 7:30 p.m. Boston at Washington NBC Sports Network, CBC
Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:30 p.m. Boston at Washington NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Saturday, April 21, 2012 3 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC, CBC
*Sunday, April 22, 2012 TBD Boston at Washington TBD
*Wednesday, April 25, 2012 TBD Washington at Boston TBD
       
SERIES C TIME (ET) #3 NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday vs. NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday #6 Networks
Friday, April 13, 2012 7 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
Sunday, April 15, 2012 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NBC Sports Network, TSN
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
Thursday, April 19, 2012 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
*Saturday, April 21, 2012 6:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
*Tuesday, April 24, 2012 TBD Florida at New Jersey TBD
*Thursday, April 26, 2012 TBD New Jersey at Florida TBD
       
SERIES D TIME (ET) #4 NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday vs. NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday #5 Networks
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
Friday, April 13, 2012 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
Sunday, April 15, 2012 3 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBC, TSN
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Friday, April 20, 2012 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Sunday, April 22, 2012 TBD Pittsburgh at Philadelphia TBD
*Tuesday, April 24, 2012 TBD Philadelphia at Pittsburgh TBD
       
2012 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
SERIES E TIME (ET) #1 NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday vs. NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday #8 Networks
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Vancouver CBC, NBC Sports Network
Friday, April 13, 2012 10 p.m. Los Angeles at Vancouver CBC, NBC Sports Network
Sunday, April 15, 2012 10:30 p.m. Vancouver at Los Angeles NBC Sports Network, CBC
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10 p.m. Vancouver at Los Angeles NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Sunday, April 22, 2012 TBD Los Angeles at Vancouver TBD
*Tuesday, April 24, 2012 TBD Vancouver at Los Angeles TBD
*Thursday, April 26, 2012 TBD Los Angeles at Vancouver TBD
       
SERIES F TIME (ET) #2 NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday vs. NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday #7 Networks
Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis CNBC, TSN
Saturday, April 14, 2012 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis CNBC, TSN
Monday, April 16, 2012 10 p.m. St. Louis at San Jose NBC Sports Network, TSN
Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:30 p.m. St. Louis at San Jose NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Saturday, April 21, 2012 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis CNBC, TSN
*Monday, April 23, 2012 TBD St. Louis at San Jose TBD
*Wednesday, April 25, 2012 TBD San Jose at St. Louis TBD
       
SERIES G TIME (ET) #3 NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday vs. NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday #6 Networks
Thursday, April 12, 2012 10 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
Saturday, April 14, 2012 10 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago CNBC, TSN
Thursday, April 19, 2012 8 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago CNBC, TSN
*Saturday, April 21, 2012 10 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Monday, April 23, 2012 TBD Phoenix at Chicago TBD
*Wednesday, April 25, 2012 TBD Chicago at Phoenix TBD
       
SERIES H TIME (ET) #4 NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday vs. NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule: Flyers-Penguins Kick Off Eastern Conference Play on Wednesday #5 Networks
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 8 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
Friday, April 13, 2012 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
Sunday, April 15, 2012 Noon Nashville at Detroit NBC, CBC
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Detroit NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Friday, April 20, 2012 8 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
*Sunday, April 22, 2012 TBD Nashville at Detroit TBD
*Tuesday, April 24, 2012 TBD Detroit at Nashville TBD