= 2001 = 2002 = 2003 = 2004 = 2006 = 2007 = 2008 = 2009 = 2010 = 2011 = 2012 = 2014 = 2015 = 2016 = 2017 = 2018
Round One - Conference Quarterfinals
#C1 Nashville Predators vs. #WC2 Colorado Avalanche
The Avs made the playoffs on literally the final game of the season, after defeating the St. Louis Blues in a 1-game playoff game where the Blues could have also made the playoffs with a win. The point is, the Avs just barely made the playoffs, where they faced the seemingly unstoppable Predators.
GAME ONE: COLORADO 2 at NASHVILLE 5 - April 12
Filip Forsberg scored 2 in the third to help the Preds take Game One.
GAME TWO: COLORADO 4 at NASHVILLE 5 - April 14
Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist for Nashville as they take a 2-0 series lead.
GAME THREE: NASHVILLE 3 at COLORADO 5 - April 16
Nathan MacKinnon scored twice to help the Avs take Game Three.
GAME FOUR: NASHVILLE 3 at COLORADO 2 - April 18
The Predators held on for this 3-2 win. Pekka Rinne made 31 saves to rebound after his bad performance in Game Three.
GAME FIVE: COLORADO 2 at NASHVILLE 1 - April 20
Sven Andrighetto scored with 1:28 remaining in the third to help Colorado live to see another day.
GAME SIX: NASHVILLE 5 at COLORADO 0 - April 22
The Predators and Pekka Rinne's 22-save performance sent the Avs packing.
Predators win series 4 games to 2
#C2 Winnipeg Jets vs. #C3 Minnesota Wild
The Jets won three of four meetings against the Minnesota Wild this season so the experts predicted that they'd win. And they did.
GAME ONE: MINNESOTA 2 at WINNIPEG 3 - April 11
Joe Morrow's tie-breaking first NHL goal in the third helped the Jets (well, Jets 2.0) win their first Stanley Cup Playoff game in franchise history.
GAME TWO: MINNESOTA 1 at WINNIPEG 4 - April 13
Patrik Laine and Tyler Myers each had a goal and an assist in this Game Two win for the Jets.
GAME THREE: WINNIPEG 2 at MINNESOTA 6 - April 15
Four goals in the second period helped Minnesota go Wild on Winnipeg in Game Three.
GAME FOUR: WINNIPEG 2 at MINNESOTA 0 - April 17
Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves in his shutout to put the Mini Sodas on the brink.
GAME FIVE: MINNESOTA 0 at WINNIPEG 5 - April 20
And with another shutout the Jets (2.0) win their first-ever playoff series and the Mild lose in the first round for the second year in a row.
Jets win series 4 games to 1
#P1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. #WC1 Los Angeles Kings
These two teams had never met before in the playoffs. Which is because the Vegas Golden Knights had never been in the playoffs. Because before this season they weren't even a team! Yes, an expansion team made the playoffs, folks.
GAME ONE: LA 0 at VEGAS 1 - April 11
In their first-ever playoff game, in their first-ever season, in their first-ever playoff win, the Knights, with Marc-Andrew Fleury's 30-save shutout defeat the Kings. Kings defeated by Knights. Imagine that. Hell, let's Imagine Dragons while we're at it. Maybe a wizard, too.
GAME TWO: LA 1 at VEGAS 2 (2OT) - April 13
Erik Haula haula-d ass with his goal at 15:23 of the 2nd OT to give the Knights their first playoff overtime win.
GAME THREE: VEGAS 3 at LA 2 - April 15
"What the hell is going on?" say all Kings fans as the expansion Golden Knights come within one win of their first playoff sweep and first playoff series win.
GAME FOUR: VEGAS 1 at LA 0 - April 17
And Vegas became the first NHL team to sweep a Stanley Cup playoff series in their inaugural season with Marc-Andre Flueyr's 31-save shutout. And the Kings got defeated - and swept! - by a fucking expansion team.
Golden Knights win series 4 games to 0
#P4 Anaheim Ducks vs. #P5 San Jose Sharks
It's the Sharks VS the Ducks. Ho-hum. Sharks swept. Whatever.
GAME ONE: SAN JOSE 3 at ANAHEIM 0 - April 12
San Jose won the first game. Sigh, whatever.
GAME TWO: SAN JOSE 3 at ANAHEIM 2 - April 14
And they won the second. Yawn.
GAME THREE: ANAHEIM 1 at SAN JOSE 8 - April 16
And hey they won the third game, too.
GAME FOUR: ANAHEIM 1 at SAN JOSE 2 - April 18
And San Jose completed the sweep. Yay.
Sharks win series 4 games to 0
#A1 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. #WC1 New Jersey Devils
New Jersey had a DEVIL of a time with the Lightning!
GAME ONE: NEW JERSEY 2 at TAMPA BAY 5 - April 12
Ondrej Palat had a goal and two assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils in Game 1
GAME TWO: NEW JERSEY 3 at TAMPA BAY 5 - April 14
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 41 saves, and Alex Killorn scored two when Tampa Bay defeated the Devils 5-3 in Game 2.
GAME THREE: TAMPA BAY 2 at NEW JERSEY 5 - April 16
Cory Schneider made 34 saves in his first win since just after Christmas and helped the Devils strike the Lightning.
GAME FOUR: TAMPA BAY 3 at NEW JERSEY 1 - April 18
Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist for the Lightning in a 3-1 win against the Devils at Prudential Center.
GAME FIVE: NEW JERSEY 1 at TAMPA BAY 3 - April 21
The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 3-1 win against New Jersey at Amalie Arena.
Lightning win series 4 games to 1
#A2 Boston Bruins vs. #A3 Toronto Maple Leafs
This battle of two Original Six rivals went The Distance, with the Leafs coming back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the series.
GAME ONE: TORONTO 1 at BOSTON 5 - April 12
David Pastrnak had a goal and two helpers for the Bruins in the Game One win.
GAME TWO: TORONTO 3 at BOSTON 7 - April 14
David Pastrnak struck again with a hat trick and 3 assists for the 7-4 spanking of the Leafs.
GAME THREE: BOSTON 2 at TORONTO 4 - April 16
Patrick Marleau tallied twice as the Leafs finally take a win in the series.
GAME FOUR: BOSTON 3 at TORONTO 1 - April 19
Tuukka Rask made 31 saves for Boston as they push Toronto to the brink.
GAME FIVE: TORONTO 4 at BOSTON 3 - April 21
The Leafs lived to see another day with 42 saves from Frederik Andersen and goals from Brown, Johnsson, Bozak, and Riemsdyk.
GAME SIX: BOSTON 1 at TORONTO 3 - April 23
Frederik Andersen's 32 save performance helps Toronto stay alive again and force a Game Seven.
GAME SEVEN: TORONTO 4 at BOSTON 7 - April 25
And the Bruins order Another Round!
Bruins win series 4 games to 3
#M1 Washington Capitals vs. #WC2 Columbus Blue Jackets
It's the Eastern Battle of Apparel, Caps VS Jackets. See what I did there?
GAME ONE: COLUMBUS 4 at WASHINGTON 3 (3OT) - April 12
It took no less than 6 periods of hockey to decide Game One!
GAME TWO: COLUMBUS 5 at WASHINGTON 4 (4OT) - April 15
And holy crap, it took 4 overtimes to decide Game Two! And the humble BJs won the first two!
GAME THREE: WASHINGTON 3 at COLUMBUS 2 (2OT) - April 17
Yes another overtime game, but this time it was only 2OTs and Washington came out on top!
GAME FOUR: WASHINGTON 4 at COLUMBUS 1 - April 19
Finally, a non-OT game, and the series is tied.
GAME FIVE: COLUMBUS 3 at WASHINGTON 4 (3OT) - April 21
Yet ANOTHER overtime game! And Columbus is on the brink!
GAME SIX: WASHINGTON 6 at COLUMBUS 3 - April 23
Washington spanks Columbus to the golf course and moves on!
Capitals win series 4 games to 2
#M2 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #M3 Philadelphia Flyers
The Penguins would have to get past their in-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, if they want to win the Stanley Cup for a third consecutive season. No team had won more than two in a row since the New York Islanders won four straight from 1980-83. The Pens did get past them, but then went no further.
GAME ONE: PHILADELPHIA 0 at PITTSBURGH 7 - April 11
The Penguins opened up a can of whoopass for the Game One pounding of the Flyers.
GAME TWO: PHILADELPHIA 5 at PITTSBURGH 1 - April 13
Brian Elliott made 34 saves for the Flyers as they had some ass-whooping of their own in Game Two.
GAME THREE: PITTSBURGH 5 at PHILADELPHIA 1 - April 15
This time the 5-1 win belonged to Pittsburgh.
GAME FOUR: PITTSBURGH 5 at PHILADELPHIA 0 - April 18
Another game, another five goals for Pittsburgh. Sydney Crosby had a goal and an assist to become the all-time scoring leader for the Pens in the Playoffs. Matt Murray made 26 saves for his second shutout of the series.
GAME FIVE: PHILADELPHIA 4 at PITTSBURGH 2 - April 20
Sean Couturier scored a tie-breaking goal with just 1:15 left to extend the series.
GAME SIX: PITTSBURGH 8 at PHILADELPHIA 5 - April 22
This high-scoring tilt decided the series.
Penguins win series 4 games to 2
Round Two - Conference Semifinals
#C1 Nashville Predators vs. #C2 Winnipeg Jets
It would be an interesting series between two teams that had never met in the playoffs before. And it went the distance.
GAME ONE: NASHVILLE 1 at WINNIPEG 4 - April 27
With a four-goal performance Winnipeg takes Game One.
GAME TWO: NASHVILLE 5 at WINNIPEG 4 (2OT) - April 29
It took 2OTs to decide this tilt.
GAME THREE: WINNIPEG 7 at NASHVILLE 4 - May 1
Jets kicked some Pred butt with a 7-4 smashing.
GAME FOUR: WINNIPEG 1 at NASHVILLE 2 - May 3
Nashville edged out the Jets with the 2-1 win.
GAME FIVE: NASHVILLE 2 at WINNIPEG 6 - May 5
In another high-scoring tilt, Winnipeg hunts the Predators with a 6-2 win.
GAME SIX: WINNIPEG 0 at NASHVILLE 4 - May 7
Pekka Rinne saves the day for Nashville with a 34-save shutout.
GAME SEVEN: NASHVILLE 1 at WINNIPEG 5 - May 10
The Jets soar to Round Three in the 5-1 Game Seven win.
Jets win series 4 games to 3
#P1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. #P5 San Jose Sharks
These two teams had never met before in the playoffs. Which is because the Vegas Golden Knights had never been in the playoffs. Because before this season they weren't even a team! Yes, an expansion team made the playoffs then made it to the Second Round!
GAME ONE: SAN JOSE 0 at VEGAS 7 - April 26
Holy crap, the expansion Knights open up Round Two with a 7-0 spanking of the Sharks! Seriously, we just can't with this.
GAME TWO: SAN JOSE 4 at VEGAS 3 (2OT) - April 28
And it's another first for Vegas... their first playoff loss.
GAME THREE: VEGAS 4 at SAN JOSE 3 - April 30
But the Knights were valiant and regained their winning sways in Game Three.
GAME FOUR: VEGAS 0 at SAN JOSE 4 - May 2
Now that's more like it. The Sharks even up the series with a shutout.
GAME FIVE: SAN JOSE 0 at VEGAS 5 - May 4
Vegas roars back with the 5-0 win!
GAME SIX: VEGAS 3 at SAN JOSE 0 - May 6
And with another shutout, the Knights, sigh, yes with another first, go to Round Two. And the Sharks got defeated by a fucking expansion team!
Golden Knights win series 4 games to 2
#A1 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. #A2 Boston Bruins
In the Second Round, after Game One, it was pretty clear that there was trouble brewin' in Boston. See what I did there?
GAME ONE: BOSTON 6 at TAMPA BAY 2 - April 26
GAME TWO: BOSTON 2 at TAMPA BAY 4 - April 30
GAME THREE: TAMPA BAY 4 at BOSTON 1 - May 2
GAME FOUR: TAMPA BAY 4 at BOSTON 3 - May 4
GAME FIVE: BOSTON 1 at TAMPA BAY 3 - May 6
Lightning win series 4 games to 1
#M1 Washington Capitals vs. #M2 Pittsburgh Penguins
On their way to yet another Conference Finals and yet another win against the Caps, Pitt - wait -HOLY SHIT!! THE CAPS ACTUALLY WON A PLAYOFF SERIES AGAINST THE PENGUINS!
GAME ONE: PITTSBURGH 3 at WASHINGTON 2 - April 26
GAME TWO: PITTSBURGH 1 at WASHINGTON 4 - April 29
GAME THREE: WASHINGTON 4 at PITTSBURGH 3 - May 1
GAME FOUR: WASHINGTON 1 at PITTSBURGH 3 - May 3
GAME FIVE: PITTSBURGH 3 at WASHINGTON 6 - May 5
GAME SIX: WASHINGTON 2 at PITTSBURGH 1 (OT) - May 7
Capitals win series 4 games to 2
Round Three - Conference Finals
#C2 Winnipeg Jets vs. #P1 Vegas Golden Knights
These two teams had never met before in the playoffs. Which is because the Vegas Golden Knights had never been in the playoffs. Because before this season they weren't even a team! Yes, an expansion team made the playoffs then made it to the Third Round!
GAME ONE: VEGAS 2 at WINNIPEG 4 - May 12
The Jets scored 3 times in the first 7:35 on their way to a Game One win.
GAME TWO: VEGAS 3 at WINNIPEG 1 - May 14
Jonathan Marchessault scored twice to help Vegas even up the series.
GAME THREE: WINNIPEG 2 at VEGAS 4 - May 16
Aaannnd Jonathan Marchessault scores twice yet again and yet again Vegas wins.
GAME FOUR: WINNIPEG 2 at VEGAS 3 - May 18
And, how can this be happening? Knights are one win away from the Finals!!
GAME FIVE: VEGAS 2 at WINNIPEG 1 - May 20
And the unthinkable happens! For the first time since the Blues in 1968 an new team makes the Stanley Cup Finals. And the Jets were defeated by a fucking expansion team!
Golden Knights win series 4 games to 1
#A1 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. #M1 Washington Capitals
Would Lightning strike a third time? Or would the Caps, riding a huge high off their defeat of the Penguins, ride that high to the Finals?
GAME ONE: WASHINGTON 4 at TAMPA BAY 2 - May 11
With a goal and an assist by Alexander Ovechkin Washington wins Game One
GAME TWO: WASHINGTON 6 at TAMPA BAY 2 - May 13
The Caps hand Tampa a 6-2 drubbing to take the 2-0 series lead.
GAME THREE: TAMPA BAY 4 at WASHINGTON 2 - May 15
Victor Hedman was the head man in this tilt with his goal and two assists to help the Lightning finally strike in this series.
GAME FOUR: TAMPA BAY 4 at WASHINGTON 2 - May 17
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves and Alex Killorn scored the game-winning kill horn to help Tampa even the series.
GAME FIVE: WASHINGTON 2 at TAMPA BAY 3 - May 19
And Tampa is just one win away from their third Stanley Cup Final in their history.
GAME SIX: TAMPA BAY 0 at WASHINGTON 3 - May 21
But not so fast! Caps even up the series with a shutout!
GAME SEVEN: WASHINGTON 4 at TAMPA BAY 0 - May 23
And with another shutout the Caps close out the Lightning! With Holtby's 29-save shutout Washington goes to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.
Capitals win series 4 games to 3
Round Four - Stanley Cup Finals
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals
These two teams had never met before in the playoffs. Which is because the Vegas Golden Knights had never been in the playoffs. Because before this season they weren't even a team! Yes, an expansion team made it to the GODDAMN STANLEY CUP FINALS holyshitwhatthehell?!
GAME ONE: WASHINGTON 4 at VEGAS 6 - May 28
In a back and forth Game One, Vegas gets their first Finals win with help from a game-winning tally from Tomas Nosek.
GAME TWO: WASHINGTON 3 at VEGAS 2 - May 30
Lars Eller with a goal and Braden Holtby with a spectacular save near the end the Caps hang on to win and even the series.
GAME THREE: VEGAS 1 at WASHINGTON 3 - June 2
With their first home win in the Finals Washington takes the series lead.
GAME FOUR: VEGAS 2 at WASHINGTON 6 - June 4
With the 6-2 spanking of the Knights Washington is only one win away from their first-ever Stanley Cup!
GAME FIVE: WASHINGTON 4 at VEGAS 3 - June 7
Vegas was up 3-2 until midway through the 3rd when Devante Smith-Pelly tied it for the Caps. Then Lars Eller scored the game-winning and series-winning and Cup-winning goal at 12:23 of the 3rd! And the Capitals win their first Lord Stanley!
Capitals win series 4 games to 1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS WIN THE STANLEY CUP
Conn Smythe Trophy
most valuable player in the 2018 playoffs:
Alexander Ovechkin (WASH) G: 15; A: 12; P: 27; +/-: +8;