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TV Schedule, May 1: Capitals vs. Lightning, Nationals vs. Giants, NBA Playoffs And More

Now that the 2011 NFL Draft has concluded, Washington sports fans can turn their attention to the biggest show in town: the Washington Capitals. Game 2 action between the Caps and Tampa Bay Lighting is the television highlight of the day, but the Nationals are also in action vs. the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, and a little birdie also told me someone named LeBron James might be facing the Boston Celtics in NBA playoff action. Your full schedule:

NHL Playoffs

Capitals vs. Lightning, Game 2: Coach Bruce Bodreau is demanding more patience out of his top seeded Washington team after a Game 1 4-2 loss. Washington looks to defeat Lightning Lazarus between the pipes, aka 41-year-old Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson. (7 p.m., Versus)

Sharks vs. Red Wings, Game 2: The Red Wings look to overcome a Game 1 loss and even the series in San Jose. I'd add more here, but last Red Wing I knew was Stevie Yzerman. (3:00 p.m., NBC)

NBA Playoffs

Thunder vs. Grizzlies, Game 1: The upstart No. 8 seed, Memphis looks to carry the momentum of a Game 7 victory over the San Antonio Spurs to a Game 1 victory against Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City. (1:00 p.m., ABC)

Heat vs. Celtics, Game 1: The series people have been talking about since LeBron took his talents to South Beach. I'm afraid twitter might explode during this one, and we still probably have six more games after this. (3:30 p.m., ABC)

Major League Baseball

Giants vs. Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann looks to see if his new facial hair helps his pitching performance, as he faces off against fireballing San Francisco righthander Matt Cain. (1:35 p.m., MASN2)