2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs
2018 Stanley Cup playoffs
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Tournament details
DatesApril 11-June 7, 2018
Teams16
Defending championsPittsburgh Penguins
Final positions
ChampionsWashington Capitals
Runner-upVegas Golden Knights
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Evgeny Kuznetsov (Capitals)
(32 points)
MVPAlexander Ovechkin (Capitals)
2017
2019

The 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs was the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL). The playoffs began on April 11, 2018, after the 2017-18 regular season and concluded on June 7, 2018, with the Washington Capitals winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history defeating the Vegas Golden Knights four games to one in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Nashville Predators made the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winners with the most points (i.e. best record) during the regular season. The Pittsburgh Penguins increased their post-season appearance streak to twelve seasons, the current longest streak.[1]

The Vegas Golden Knights became the first team to make the playoffs in their inaugural season in the league since the 1979-80 Hartford Whalers and the Edmonton Oilers.[2][3] They also became the first expansion team to make the playoffs in their inaugural season since the 1967 NHL expansion.[2][4] From there, they eventually became the first team since the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues to win their respective conference, and reach the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season. The only difference is that the 1967-68 season through to the 1969-70 season ensured that an expansion team would be able to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. For the fourth time in league history (2000, 2001, 2007), only two Original Six teams, the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, clinched a berth for the playoffs. For the first time since 1966, no playoff games were played in the state of New York. For the fifth time in eight years, all three California-based teams made the playoffs.[5] For the first time in league history, the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs in the same year.[6] For the first time since 1969, both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs in the same season.[7] For the first time since 2009, no California-based team reached the Conference Finals. For the first and only time since 2012, the New Jersey Devils made the playoffs.

The playoffs featured ten overtime games, the fewest since 2000.

Playoff seeds

This was the fifth year in which the top three teams in each division made the playoffs, along with two wild cards in each conference (for a total of eight playoff teams from each conference).

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:[8]

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlantic Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions - 113 points
  2. Boston Bruins - 112 points
  3. Toronto Maple Leafs - 105 points

Metropolitan Division

  1. Washington Capitals, Metropolitan Division champions - 105 points
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins - 100 points
  3. Philadelphia Flyers - 98 points

Wild Cards

  1. Columbus Blue Jackets - 97 points (39 ROWs, 6 points head-to-head vs. New Jersey)
  2. New Jersey Devils - 97 points (39 ROWs, 2 points head-to-head vs. Columbus)

Western Conference

Central Division

  1. Nashville Predators, Central Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners - 117 points
  2. Winnipeg Jets - 114 points
  3. Minnesota Wild - 101 points

Pacific Division

  1. Vegas Golden Knights, Pacific Division champions - 109 points
  2. Anaheim Ducks - 101 points
  3. San Jose Sharks - 100 points

Wild Cards

  1. Los Angeles Kings - 98 points
  2. Colorado Avalanche - 95 points

Playoff bracket

In each round, teams competed in a best-of-seven series following a 2-2-1-1-1 format (scores in the bracket indicate the number of games won in each best-of-seven series). The team with home ice advantage played at home for games one and two (and games five and seven, if necessary), and the other team was at home for games three and four (and game six, if necessary). The top three teams in each division made the playoffs, along with two wild cards in each conference, for a total of eight teams from each conference.

In the First Round, the lower seeded wild card in the conference played against the division winner with the best record while the other wild card played against the other division winner, and both wild cards were de facto #4 seeds. The other series matched the second and third place teams from the divisions. In the first two rounds, home ice advantage was awarded to the team with the better seed. Thereafter, it was awarded to the team that had the better regular season record.

  First Round Second Round Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
A1 Tampa Bay 4  
WC New Jersey 1  
  A1 Tampa Bay 4  
 
  A2 Boston 1  
A2 Boston 4
A3 Toronto 3  
  A1 Tampa Bay 3  
Eastern Conference
  M1 Washington 4  
M1 Washington 4  
WC Columbus 2  
  M1 Washington 4
 
  M2 Pittsburgh 2  
M2 Pittsburgh 4
M3 Philadelphia 2  
  M1 Washington 4
  P1 Vegas 1
C1 Nashville 4  
WC Colorado 2  
  C1 Nashville 3
 
  C2 Winnipeg 4  
C2 Winnipeg 4
C3 Minnesota 1  
  C2 Winnipeg 1
Western Conference
  P1 Vegas 4  
P1 Vegas 4  
WC Los Angeles 0  
  P1 Vegas 4
 
  P3 San Jose 2  
P2 Anaheim 0
P3 San Jose 4  
Legend
  • A1, A2, A3 - The first, second, and third place teams from the Atlantic Division, respectively
  • M1, M2, M3 - The first, second, and third place teams from the Metropolitan Division, respectively
  • C1, C2, C3 - The first, second, and third place teams from the Central Division, respectively
  • P1, P2, P3 - The first, second, and third place teams from the Pacific Division, respectively
  • WC - Wild Card teams

First Round

Eastern Conference First Round

(A1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (WC2) New Jersey Devils

The Tampa Bay Lightning finished first in the Atlantic Division earning 113 points. New Jersey finished as the Eastern Conference's second wild card, earning 97 points. This was the third playoff meeting between these teams with New Jersey winning both previous series. They last met in the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, which New Jersey won in six games. New Jersey won all three games in this year's regular season series.

The Lightning defeated the Devils in five games. Although Taylor Hall scored his first playoff goal in game one, the Devils were beaten 5-2 as Ondrej Palat recorded three points for Tampa Bay.[9] In game two, a four-goal barrage by the Lightning during the second period forced Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid to be pulled. Tampa won the game 5-3.[10] The Devils recovered in game three as Taylor Hall scored a goal and two assists in a 5-2 victory.[11] J. T. Miller and Nikita Kucherov both had three points in a 3-1 victory for the Lightning in game four.[12] In game five, Kucherov's goal was the series-winner as the Lightning held off a late attack by the Devils to win 3-1.[13]


April 12 New Jersey Devils 2-5 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 15:00 - Ondrej Palat (1)
19:31 - Tyler Johnson (1)
Taylor Hall (1) - 13:55 Second period 01:54 - pp - Yanni Gourde (1)
Travis Zajac (1) - pp - 09:35 Third period 12:14 - Alex Killorn (1)
18:48 - en - Nikita Kucherov (1)
Keith Kinkaid 27 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 29 saves / 31 shots
April 14 New Jersey Devils 3-5 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
Nico Hischier (1) - 13:38 First period 12:15 - Brayden Point (1)
Sami Vatanen (1) - 19:34 Second period 03:14 - pp - Alex Killorn (2)
04:36 - Tyler Johnson (2)
06:01 - Nikita Kucherov (2)
13:12 - pp - Alex Killorn (3)
Blake Coleman (1) - 11:57 Third period No scoring
Keith Kinkaid 10 saves / 15 shots
Cory Schneider 10 saves / 10 shots
Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 41 saves / 44 shots
April 16 Tampa Bay Lightning 2-5 New Jersey Devils Prudential Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Alex Killorn (4) - pp - 00:42 Second period 12:24 - Taylor Hall (2)
Steven Stamkos (1) - pp - 00:38 Third period 04:03 - pp - Will Butcher (1)
12:55 - Stefan Noesen (1)
19:02 - sh-en - Blake Coleman (2)
19:22 - en - Ben Lovejoy (1)
Andrei Vasilevskiy 36 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Cory Schneider 34 saves / 36 shots
April 18 Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 New Jersey Devils Prudential Center Recap  
J. T. Miller (1) - 11:30
Nikita Kucherov (3) - 15:02
First period 08:23 - pp - Kyle Palmieri (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Nikita Kucherov (4) - en - 18:52 Third period No scoring
Andrei Vasilevskiy 27 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Cory Schneider 34 saves / 36 shots
April 21 New Jersey Devils 1-3 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 08:07 - Mikhail Sergachev (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Patrick Maroon (1) - 17:00 Third period 12:27 - Nikita Kucherov (5)
19:58 - en - Ryan Callahan (1)
Cory Schneider 35 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 26 saves / 27 shots
Tampa Bay won series 4-1


(A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Toronto Maple Leafs

The Boston Bruins finished second in the Atlantic Division earning 112 points. The Toronto Maple Leafs earned 105 points to finish third in the Atlantic Division. This was the fifteenth playoff meeting between these two teams with Toronto winning eight of the fourteen previous series. They last met in the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, which Boston won in seven games. Toronto won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs in seven games. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for the Bruins in game one, winning the game 5-1.[14] During the game, Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was given a five-minute major for a charging penalty for his hit on Tommy Wingels; he would later be suspended for three games.[15] David Pastrnak had a hat trick and three assists in a 7-3 victory for the Bruins in game two, becoming the first player since Claude Giroux in 2012 to score a hat trick and three assists.[16] In game three, Patrick Marleau scored twice for the Maple Leafs in a 4-2 victory.[17] Pastrnak assisted twice on two goals in a 3-1 triumph for the Bruins, taking a 3-1 series lead in the process.[18] In game five, Toronto prevented a come-back by Boston, fending off the Bruins 4-3 as Frederik Andersen made 42 saves for the Maple Leafs.[19] Nikita Zaitsev assisted twice in a 3-1 Maple Leafs victory, forcing a seventh game in the series.[20] In game seven, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and recorded two assists in a 7-4 victory to advance his team to the second round.[21]


April 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-5 Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap  
Zach Hyman (1) - 16:52 First period 05:28 - pp - Brad Marchand (1)
No scoring Second period 15:43 - pp - David Backes (1)
19:22 - David Pastrnak (1)
No scoring Third period 07:41 - Sean Kuraly (1)
11:29 - pp - David Krejci (1)
Frederik Andersen 35 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Tuukka Rask 26 saves / 27 shots
April 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-7 Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 05:26 - David Pastrnak (2)
09:46 - pp - Jake DeBrusk (1)
12:13 - Kevan Miller (1)
15:00 - pp - Rick Nash (1)
Mitch Marner (1) - 01:22
Tyler Bozak (1) - 09:02
Second period 03:46 - David Krejci (2)
James van Riemsdyk (1) - pp - 14:53 Third period 12:34 - David Pastrnak (3)
18:24 - David Pastrnak (4)
Frederik Andersen 2 saves / 5 shots
Curtis McElhinney 19 saves / 23 shots
Goalie stats Tuukka Rask 30 saves / 33 shots
April 16 Boston Bruins 2-4 Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
No scoring First period 17:05 - pp - James van Riemsdyk (2)
Adam McQuaid (1) - 03:06
Zdeno Chara (1) - 06:19
Second period 03:49 - Patrick Marleau (1)
14:47 - Auston Matthews (1)
No scoring Third period 16:25 - Patrick Marleau (2)
Tuukka Rask 26 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Frederik Andersen 40 saves / 42 shots
April 19 Boston Bruins 3-1 Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
Torey Krug (1) - 00:28 First period 07:43 - Tomas Plekanec (1)
Brad Marchand (2) - 16:55 Second period No scoring
Jake DeBrusk (2) - 04:17 Third period No scoring
Tuukka Rask 31 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Frederik Andersen 18 saves / 21 shots
April 21 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap  
Connor Brown (1) - 06:36
Andreas Johnsson (1) - 10:12
First period No scoring
Tyler Bozak (2) - 10:36
James van Riemsdyk (3) - pp - 11:55
Second period 09:45 - pp - David Backes (2)
17:18 - Sean Kuraly (2)
No scoring Third period 05:56 - Noel Acciari (1)
Frederik Andersen 42 saves / 45 shots Goalie stats Tuukka Rask 9 saves / 13 shots
Anton Khudobin 8 saves / 8 shots
April 23 Boston Bruins 1-3 Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Jake DeBrusk (3) - 01:02 Second period 01:37 - William Nylander (1)
13:25 - Mitch Marner (2)
No scoring Third period 18:46 - en - Tomas Plekanec (2)
Tuukka Rask 27 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Frederik Andersen 32 saves / 33 shots
April 25 Toronto Maple Leafs 4-7 Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap  
Patrick Marleau (3) - pp - 02:01
Patrick Marleau (4) - 06:12
First period 04:47 - pp - Jake DeBrusk (4)
09:10 - Danton Heinen (1)
19:23 - Patrice Bergeron (1)
Travis Dermott (1) - 02:07
Kasperi Kapanen (1) - sh - 06:05
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 01:10 - Torey Krug (2)
05:25 - Jake DeBrusk (5)
11:39 - David Pastrnak (5)
19:09 - en - Brad Marchand (3)
Frederik Andersen 29 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Tuukka Rask 20 saves / 24 shots
Boston won series 4-3


(M1) Washington Capitals vs. (WC1) Columbus Blue Jackets

The Washington Capitals finished first in the Metropolitan Division earning 105 points. The Columbus Blue Jackets finished as the Eastern Conference's first wild card earning 97 points. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Washington won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Capitals came back from a 2-0 series deficit to defeat the Blue Jackets in six games. Columbus came back from a two-goal deficit in game one to force overtime, during which Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into the extra session to give the Blue Jackets their first lead in a playoff series.[22] The Blue Jackets overcame another two-goal deficit in game two, taking the game into overtime yet again. Matt Calvert scored the game-winning goal for Columbus as they took a 2-0 series lead.[23] The Capitals took game three 3-2 in double-overtime as Lars Eller scored the game winner.[24] The Capitals tied the series after game four as Washington's Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory.[25] Nicklas Backstrom's tip-in was the overtime-winner for the Capitals in game five as they prevented a two-goal comeback by the Blue Jackets.[26] In game six, Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin scored twice to seal the series for Washington, winning the affair 6-3.[27] With playoff series victories by Winnipeg and Vegas this season, Columbus became the last active NHL franchise without a playoff series win until they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2019.


April 12 Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 OT Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 17:52 - pp - Evgeny Kuznetsov (1)
18:21 - pp - Evgeny Kuznetsov (2)
Alexander Wennberg (1) - 04:48 Second period No scoring
Thomas Vanek (1) - pp - 01:31
Seth Jones (1) - pp - 15:34
Third period 05:12 - Devante Smith-Pelly (1)
Artemi Panarin (1) - 06:02 First overtime period No scoring
Sergei Bobrovsky 27 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Philipp Grubauer 23 saves / 27 shots
April 15 Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 OT Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
Cam Atkinson (1) - 18:25 First period 02:12 - Jay Beagle (1)
13:26 - pp - Alexander Ovechkin (1)
Josh Anderson (1) - 08:49
Cam Atkinson (2) - pp - 11:13
Zach Werenski (1) - pp - 18:52
Second period 04:09 - pp - Alexander Ovechkin (2)
No scoring Third period 16:25 - pp - T. J. Oshie (1)
Matt Calvert (1) - 12:22 First overtime period No scoring
Sergei Bobrovsky 54 saves / 58 shots Goalie stats Philipp Grubauer 18 saves / 22 shots
Braden Holtby 7 saves / 8 shots
April 17 Washington Capitals 3-2 2OT Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Tom Wilson (1) - 05:52
John Carlson (1) - pp - 14:43
Second period 11:18 - Pierre-Luc Dubois (1)
No scoring Third period 04:12 - Artemi Panarin (2)
Lars Eller (1) - 09:00 Second overtime period No scoring
Braden Holtby 33 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Sergei Bobrovsky 42 saves / 45 shots
April 19 Washington Capitals 4-1 Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena Recap  
Tom Wilson (2) - 06:16 First period No scoring
T. J. Oshie (2) - pp - 09:19 Second period No scoring
Alexander Ovechkin (3) - 02:49
Evgeny Kuznetsov (3) - en - 17:41
Third period 06:22 - Boone Jenner (1)
Braden Holtby 23 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Sergei Bobrovsky 29 saves / 32 shots
April 21 Columbus Blue Jackets 3-4 OT Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
Matt Calvert (2) - sh - 10:08 First period 13:22 - Nicklas Backstrom (1)
Matt Calvert (3) - 04:45 Second period 03:21 - Evgeny Kuznetsov (4)
16:42 - pp - T. J. Oshie (3)
Oliver Bjorkstrand (1) - 02:30 Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 11:53 - Nicklas Backstrom (2)
Sergei Bobrovsky 25 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Braden Holtby 39 saves / 42 shots
April 23 Washington Capitals 6-3 Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena Recap  
Dmitry Orlov (1) - 12:12 First period No scoring
Alexander Ovechkin (4) - 12:50
Alexander Ovechkin (5) - pp - 18:23
Second period 08:40 - Nick Foligno (1)
Devante Smith-Pelly (2) - 03:56
Chandler Stephenson (1) - sh - 05:30
Lars Eller (2) - en - 19:46
Third period 02:25 - Pierre-Luc Dubois (2)
08:22 - Nick Foligno (2)
Braden Holtby 35 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Sergei Bobrovsky 22 saves / 27 shots
Washington won series 4-2


(M2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (M3) Philadelphia Flyers

The Pittsburgh Penguins finished second in the Metropolitan Division earning 100 points. The Philadelphia Flyers earned 98 points to finish third in the Metropolitan. This was the seventh playoff meeting between these two rivals with Philadelphia winning four of the six previous series. They last met in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, which Philadelphia won in six games. Pittsburgh won all four games in this year's regular season series.

The Penguins defeated the Flyers in six games. In game one, Sidney Crosby capped off a hat trick to end a 7-0 rout over the Flyers.[28] The Flyers defeated the Penguins in game two, riding on Sean Couturier's goal and two assists in a 5-1 victory.[29] Pittsburgh took game three 5-1 as Crosby recorded a goal and three assists.[30] Matt Murray recorded a shutout in game four stopping all 26 shots he faced in a 5-0 victory for Pittsburgh.[31] Prior to game five, Flyers captain Claude Giroux guaranteed his team a victory.[32] Giroux scored the first goal of the game, and Couturier scored game-winning goal with 1:15 left in regulation time to force a sixth game in a 4-2 victory for Philadelphia.[33] In game six, Sean Couturier recorded a hat trick on a torn MCL. Jake Guentzel recorded a natural hat trick and scored four goals in total, including two within ten seconds of each other, to seal the series for the Penguins in an 8-5 victory.[34]


April 11 Philadelphia Flyers 0-7 Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 02:38 - Bryan Rust (1)
10:07 - Carl Hagelin (1)
14:09 - Evgeni Malkin (1)
No scoring Second period 07:50 - pp - Jake Guentzel (1)
09:01 - Sidney Crosby (1)
No scoring Third period 07:41 - Sidney Crosby (2)
10:42 - Sidney Crosby (3)
Brian Elliott 14 saves / 19 shots
Petr Mrazek 12 saves / 14 shots
Goalie stats Matt Murray 24 saves / 24 shots
April 13 Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap  
Shayne Gostisbehere (1) - pp - 19:23 First period No scoring
Sean Couturier (1) - 00:47 Second period No scoring
Travis Konecny (1) - 01:29
Nolan Patrick (1) - pp - 05:10
Andrew MacDonald (1) - en - 19:44
Third period 05:27 - Patric Hornqvist (1)
Brian Elliott 34 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Matt Murray 15 saves / 19 shots
April 15 Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center Recap  
Sidney Crosby (4) - 10:25 First period No scoring
Derick Brassard (1) - pp - 02:48
Evgeni Malkin (2) - pp - 06:48
Brian Dumoulin (1) - 06:53
Second period 13:42 - Travis Sanheim (1)
Justin Schultz (1) - pp - 07:08 Third period No scoring
Matt Murray 26 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Brian Elliott 21 saves / 26 shots
April 18 Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center Recap  
Evgeni Malkin (3) - pp - 04:33
Phil Kessel (1) - 14:37
First period No scoring
Kris Letang (1) - 08:04
Sidney Crosby (5) - 10:56
Second period No scoring
Riley Sheahan (1) - 15:46 Third period No scoring
Matt Murray 26 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Brian Elliott 14 saves / 17 shots
Michal Neuvirth 11 saves / 13 shots
April 20 Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap  
Claude Giroux (1) - 17:29 First period No scoring
Valtteri Filppula (1) - sh - 18:15 Second period 12:00 - Bryan Rust (2)
16:45 - Jake Guentzel (2)
Sean Couturier (2) - 18:45
Matt Read (1) - en - 19:42
Third period No scoring
Michal Neuvirth 30 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Matt Murray 21 saves / 24 shots
April 22 Pittsburgh Penguins 8-5 Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center Recap  
Sidney Crosby (6) - 06:30
Carl Hagelin (2) - 07:17
First period 02:15 - Sean Couturier (3)
15:48 - Andrew MacDonald (2)
Patric Hornqvist (2) - 13:35
Jake Guentzel (3) - 19:06
Second period 00:40 - Sean Couturier (4)
12:14 - Scott Laughton (1)
Jake Guentzel (4) - 00:30
Jake Guentzel (5) - 12:48
Jake Guentzel (6) - 12:58
Bryan Rust (3) - en - 19:29
Third period 17:07 - Sean Couturier (5)
Matt Murray 21 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Michal Neuvirth 20 saves / 27 shots
Pittsburgh won series 4-2


Western Conference First Round

(C1) Nashville Predators vs. (WC2) Colorado Avalanche

The Nashville Predators earned the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best regular season team with 117 points. The Colorado Avalanche finished as the Western Conference's second wild card earning 95 points. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Nashville won all four games in this year's regular season series.

The Predators defeated the Avalanche in six games. Filip Forsberg scored twice in Nashville's 5-2 game one victory, one of which was considered a highlight-reel goal.[35][36] Nashville had five different players score in their 5-4 victory over Colorado in game two to take a 2-0 series lead.[37] Nathan MacKinnon scored twice and Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists to take game three for the Avalanche 5-3.[38] In game four, Pekka Rinne made 31 saves for the Predators who took a 3-1 series lead with a 3-2 win.[39] Andrew Hammond made 44 saves and Sven Andrighetto scored with 1:28 left in the third period to force a sixth game for the Avalanche in a 2-1 triumph.[40] The Predators shut out the Avalanche in game six, with Rinne stopping all 22 shots he faced in a 5-0 victory.[41]


April 12 Colorado Avalanche 2-5 Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap  
Nikita Zadorov (1) - 06:36 First period No scoring
Blake Comeau (1) - 04:51 Second period 03:16 - Austin Watson (1)
08:50 - pp - Craig Smith (1)
No scoring Third period 06:08 - Filip Forsberg (1)
12:10 - Filip Forsberg (2)
18:03 - en - Colton Sissons (1)
Jonathan Bernier 26 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Pekka Rinne 25 saves / 27 shots
April 14 Colorado Avalanche 4-5 Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap  
Gabriel Bourque (1) - 02:34 First period No scoring
Nathan MacKinnon (1) - 17:08 Second period 01:01 - pp - Kevin Fiala (1)
12:36 - Viktor Arvidsson (1)
16:32 - Ryan Johansen (1)
Gabriel Landeskog (1) - pp - 09:14
Alexander Kerfoot (1) - 19:24
Third period 07:16 - Austin Watson (2)
18:51 - en - Ryan Hartman (1)
Jonathan Bernier 28 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Pekka Rinne 26 saves / 30 shots
April 16 Nashville Predators 3-5 Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
No scoring First period 01:50 - Blake Comeau (2)
13:24 - Gabriel Bourque (2)
18:07 - Nathan MacKinnon (2)
Ryan Johansen (2) - pp - 10:23 Second period 04:25 - Nathan MacKinnon (3)
Colton Sissons (2) - 07:12
Austin Watson (3) - 18:45
Third period 18:24 - en - Gabriel Landeskog (2)
Pekka Rinne 11 saves / 15 shots
Juuse Saros 18 saves / 18 shots
Goalie stats Jonathan Bernier 29 saves / 32 shots
April 18 Nashville Predators 3-2 Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
Filip Forsberg (3) - 15:33 First period No scoring
Colton Sissons (3) - 07:18
Craig Smith (2) - 11:49
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 05:20 - pp - Gabriel Landeskog (3)
11:01 - Alexander Kerfoot (2)
Pekka Rinne 31 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Jonathan Bernier 23 saves / 26 shots
Andrew Hammond 8 saves / 8 shots
April 20 Colorado Avalanche 2-1 Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Gabriel Landeskog (4) - 15:49
Sven Andrighetto (1) - 18:32
Third period 10:18 - Nick Bonino (1)
Andrew Hammond 44 saves / 45 shots Goalie stats Pekka Rinne 25 saves / 27 shots
April 22 Nashville Predators 5-0 Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
Mattias Ekholm (1) - 07:02
Austin Watson (4) - 10:19
First period No scoring
Filip Forsberg (4) - 00:38
Nick Bonino (2) - 08:26
Second period No scoring
Viktor Arvidsson (2) - 02:36 Third period No scoring
Pekka Rinne 22 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Andrew Hammond 32 saves / 37 shots
Nashville won series 4-2


(C2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (C3) Minnesota Wild

The Winnipeg Jets finished second in the Central Division earning 114 points. The Minnesota Wild earned 101 points to finish third in the Central. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Winnipeg won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Jets defeated the Wild in five games and earned their first playoff series victory in franchise history after entering the league in 1999 as the Atlanta Thrashers. The Jets also became the first Winnipeg-based NHL team to advance past the opening round of the playoffs since 1987. After firing 40 shots on Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk, the Jets won game one 3-2, winning their first playoff game in franchise history and the city's first playoff victory since 1996, after which the original Jets relocated to Phoenix.[42] In game two, Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist to provide the Jets a 4-1 victory as well as a 2-0 series lead.[43] In game three, the Wild scored four goals in the second period to chase Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck in a 6-2 affair.[44] Hellebuyck came back in game four, stopping all 30 shots he faced in a 2-0 victory.[45] Hellebuyck continued his shutout streak in game five, stopping another 30 shots after a first period blitz by the Jets to win the series-clinching game 5-0.[46]


April 11 Minnesota Wild 2-3 Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 17:37 - pp - Mark Scheifele (1)
Matt Cullen (1) - 01:46
Zach Parise (1) - 03:58
Third period 04:51 - Patrik Laine (1)
12:47 - Joe Morrow (1)
Devan Dubnyk 37 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 18 saves / 20 shots
April 13 Minnesota Wild 1-4 Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 08:41 - Tyler Myers (1)
Zach Parise (2) - pp - 19:15 Third period 07:42 - Paul Stastny (1)
09:24 - Andrew Copp (1)
17:58 - Patrik Laine (2)
Devan Dubnyk 40 saves / 44 shots Goalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 16 saves / 17 shots
April 15 Winnipeg Jets 2-6 Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
Blake Wheeler (1) - pp - 04:50 First period 09:47 - pp - Mikael Granlund (1)
17:50 - pp - Zach Parise (3)
Tyler Myers (2) - 06:42 Second period 03:32 - Matt Dumba (1)
14:40 - Eric Staal (1)
15:00 - Jordan Greenway (1)
18:23 - Marcus Foligno (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Connor Hellebuyck 16 saves / 22 shots
Steve Mason 7 saves / 7 shots
Goalie stats Devan Dubnyk 29 saves / 31 shots
April 17 Winnipeg Jets 2-0 Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
Mark Scheifele (2) - 19:32 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Mark Scheifele (3) - en - 19:49 Third period No scoring
Connor Hellebuyck 30 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Devan Dubnyk 26 saves / 27 shots
April 20 Minnesota Wild 0-5 Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap  
No scoring First period 00:31 - Jacob Trouba (1)
05:42 - Bryan Little (1)
11:10 - Brandon Tanev (1)
11:59 - Joel Armia (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 00:32 - pp - Mark Scheifele (4)
Devan Dubnyk 6 saves / 10 shots
Alex Stalock 15 saves / 16 shots
Goalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 30 saves / 30 shots
Winnipeg won series 4-1


(P1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (WC1) Los Angeles Kings

The Vegas Golden Knights finished first in the Pacific Division earning 109 points. The Los Angeles Kings earned 98 points to finish as the Western Conference's first wild card. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams and the first playoff series for the Golden Knights. These teams split their four-game regular season series.

The Golden Knights defeated the Kings in a four-game sweep. In game one, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 30 shots to give the Golden Knights their first playoff victory.[47] Even though Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made 54 saves in game two, the Golden Knights topped Los Angeles in double overtime thanks to Erik Haula's goal at 15:23, taking a 2-0 series lead.[48] After the Golden Knights took the lead late in the third period of game three with two goals in 21 seconds Vegas pushed the Kings to the brink of elimination with a 3-2 win; Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 37 saves in the victory.[49] In game four, former-King Brayden McNabb scored the only goal of the game for the Golden Knights as they swept Los Angeles for their first playoff series victory.[50] This series tied the record for the fewest goals scored by both teams in a best-of-seven playoff series: the Golden Knights scored seven goals to the Kings' three goals for a total of ten goals, tying the record set in 2003. In addition, the 7 goals scored by Vegas is the lowest amount by a series-winning team in NHL history.


April 11 Los Angeles Kings 0-1 Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 03:23 - Shea Theodore (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Jonathan Quick 27 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 30 saves / 30 shots
April 13 Los Angeles Kings 1-2 2OT Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 14:47 - pp - Alex Tuch (1)
Paul LaDue (1) - pp - 15:55 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring Second overtime period 15:23 - Erik Haula (1)
Jonathan Quick 54 saves / 56 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 29 saves / 30 shots
April 15 Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 Los Angeles Kings Staples Center Recap  
No scoring First period 13:14 - Alex Iafallo (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Cody Eakin (1) - 06:10
James Neal (1) - 14:23
William Karlsson (1) - 14:44
Third period 17:56 - Anze Kopitar (1)
Marc-Andre Fleury 37 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Jonathan Quick 23 saves / 26 shots
April 17 Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 Los Angeles Kings Staples Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Brayden McNabb (1) - 04:04 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Marc-Andre Fleury 31 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Jonathan Quick 20 saves / 21 shots
Vegas won series 4-0


(P2) Anaheim Ducks vs. (P3) San Jose Sharks

The Anaheim Ducks finished second in the Pacific Division earning 101 points. The San Jose Sharks earned 100 points to finish third in the Pacific Division. This was the second playoff meeting between these teams. They last met in the 2009 Western Conference Quarterfinals, which Anaheim won in six games. San Jose won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Sharks defeated the Ducks in a four-game sweep. Evander Kane scored twice in his first playoff game and Sharks goaltender Martin Jones posted a 25-save shutout blanking the Ducks 3-0 in game one.[51] In game two, Logan Couture scored a goal and recorded an assist in a 3-2 victory.[52] Martin Jones made 45 saves as the Sharks routed the Ducks 8-1 in game three; eight different players scored for San Jose in the victory.[53] Tomas Hertl broke the tie for San Jose, scoring the series-clinching goal midway through the third period of game four as the Sharks defeated Anaheim 2-1.[54]


April 12 San Jose Sharks 3-0 Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Evander Kane (1) - pp - 07:07
Evander Kane (2) - 13:51
Brent Burns (1) - 15:15
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Martin Jones 25 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats John Gibson 31 saves / 34 shots
April 14 San Jose Sharks 3-2 Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Recap  
Marcus Sorensen (1) - 09:41
Logan Couture (1) - pp - 14:41
First period 00:40 - Jakob Silfverberg (1)
Tomas Hertl (1) - 01:11 Second period 07:51 - pp - Hampus Lindholm (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Martin Jones 28 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats John Gibson 32 saves / 35 shots
April 16 Anaheim Ducks 1-8 San Jose Sharks SAP Center Recap  
Rickard Rakell (1) - pp - 13:40 First period 03:44 - Logan Couture (2)
No scoring Second period 01:15 - Joonas Donskoi (1)
03:41 - Marcus Sorensen (2)
13:43 - Eric Fehr (1)
16:49 - pp - Tomas Hertl (2)
No scoring Third period 10:04 - pp - Joe Pavelski (1)
17:16 - pp - Evander Kane (3)
19:36 - pp - Timo Meier (1)
John Gibson 19 saves / 24 shots
Ryan Miller 9 saves / 12 shots
Goalie stats Martin Jones 45 saves / 46 shots
April 18 Anaheim Ducks 1-2 San Jose Sharks SAP Center Recap  
No scoring First period 05:43 - Marcus Sorensen (3)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Andrew Cogliano (1) - 07:53 Third period 09:09 - Tomas Hertl (3)
John Gibson 22 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Martin Jones 30 saves / 31 shots
San Jose won series 4-0


Second Round

Eastern Conference Second Round

(A1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (A2) Boston Bruins

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams. Their only previous series occurred in the 2011 Eastern Conference Final, which Boston won in seven games. Boston won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Lightning defeated the Bruins in five games. In game one, the line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak combined for eleven points in a 6-2 triumph.[55] Brayden Point scored a goal and recorded three assists in the Lightning's 4-2 victory in game two, evening the series.[56] Ondrej Palat scored twice in the Lightning's 4-1 win in game three taking a 2-1 series lead.[57] Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos forced overtime on a controversial goal.[58] While circling behind the net Bruin defender Charlie McAvoy was hauled down by Nikita Kucherov leading to a turnover deep in the Bruins defensive zone. Daniel Girardi scored the game-winning goal to give the Lightning a 4-3 victory.[59] During game four, Brad Marchand licked the face of Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan during a scrum. Marchand received no penalty or further punishment from the League.[60] The Lightning scored twice in the second period of game five to take the lead and Anton Stralman scored an empty-net goal to give Tampa Bay a 3-1 victory and a 4-1 series win.[61]


April 28 Boston Bruins 6-2 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
Rick Nash (2) - pp - 17:11 First period No scoring
Patrice Bergeron (2) - 00:42
Rick Nash (3) - 12:33
Second period 02:31 - Daniel Girardi (1)
13:22 - pp - Mikhail Sergachev (2)
Brad Marchand (4) - 03:32
Patrice Bergeron (3) - 10:11
Jake DeBrusk (6) - en - 13:41
Third period No scoring
Tuukka Rask 34 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 18 saves / 23 shots
April 30 Boston Bruins 2-4 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
Charlie McAvoy (1) - 18:30 First period 11:47 - pp - Yanni Gourde (2)
No scoring Second period 10:14 - Tyler Johnson (3)
Torey Krug (3) - 15:58 Third period 14:08 - Ondrej Palat (2)
19:34 - en - Brayden Point (2)
Tuukka Rask 27 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 18 saves / 20 shots
May 2 Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap  
Ondrej Palat (3) - 01:47
Ondrej Palat (4) - 03:19
Anthony Cirelli (1) - 16:43
First period 14:12 - pp - Patrice Bergeron (4)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Steven Stamkos (2) - en - 19:18 Third period No scoring
Andrei Vasilevskiy 28 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Tuukka Rask 33 saves / 36 shots
May 4 Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 OT Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap  
Brayden Point (3) - 04:36
Nikita Kucherov (6) - pp - 09:53
First period 15:28 - pp - David Pastrnak (6)
No scoring Second period 02:04 - pp - Patrice Bergeron (5)
Steven Stamkos (3) - 12:56 Third period 06:36 - sh - Patrice Bergeron (6)
Daniel Girardi (2) - 03:18 First overtime period No scoring
Andrei Vasilevskiy 29 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Tuukka Rask 24 saves / 28 shots
May 6 Boston Bruins 1-3 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
David Krejci (3) - pp - 19:12 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 10:43 - Brayden Point (4)
14:00 - pp - J. T. Miller (2)
No scoring Third period 18:31 - en - Anton Stralman (1)
Tuukka Rask 19 saves / 21 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 27 saves / 28 shots
Tampa Bay won series 4-1


(M1) Washington Capitals vs. (M2) Pittsburgh Penguins

This was the third consecutive year that these two rivals have met in the second round and was the eleventh overall playoff meeting with Pittsburgh winning nine of the ten previous series. They last met in the previous year's Eastern Conference Second Round which Pittsburgh won in seven games. These teams split their four-game regular season series.

The Capitals defeated the Penguins in six games, defeating Pittsburgh for the second time in franchise history and the first time since 1994. Pittsburgh rallied from a two-goal deficit to take game one 3-2 leading on Jake Guentzel's goal and two assists.[62] In game two, Braden Holtby made 32 saves for Washington, defeating the Penguins 4-1.[63] Alexander Ovechkin scored with 1:07 left in the third period of game three to give the Capitals a 4-3 victory.[64] During the game, Tom Wilson made an illegal check to the head of rookie Zach Aston-Reese who suffered a broken jaw along with a concussion. Wilson was suspended three games for his action.[65] In game four, Guentzel scored twice for Pittsburgh in a 3-1 victory, evening the series 2-2.[66] Both Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jakub Vrana had a goal and two assists for the Capitals in game five who took a 3-2 series lead after a 6-3 victory.[67] In game six, the Capitals fired 30 shots and Evgeny Kuznetsov's goal in overtime ended the series in a 2-1 victory, moving Washington to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1998.[68]


April 26 Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 00:17 - Evgeny Kuznetsov (5)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Patric Hornqvist (3) - 02:59
Sidney Crosby (7) - 05:20
Jake Guentzel (7) - 07:48
Third period 00:28 - Alexander Ovechkin (6)
Matt Murray 32 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Braden Holtby 22 saves / 25 shots
April 29 Pittsburgh Penguins 1-4 Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 01:26 - Alexander Ovechkin (7)
14:54 - pp - Jakub Vrana (1)
Kris Letang (2) - 13:04 Second period 02:08 - Brett Connolly (1)
No scoring Third period 19:53 - en - Nicklas Backstrom (3)
Matt Murray 28 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Braden Holtby 32 saves / 33 shots
May 1 Washington Capitals 4-3 Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
John Carlson (2) - pp - 00:48
Chandler Stephenson (2) - 11:04
Second period 04:33 - Jake Guentzel (8)
06:49 - pp - Patric Hornqvist (4)
16:27 - Sidney Crosby (8)
Matt Niskanen (1) - 05:06
Alexander Ovechkin (8) - 18:53
Third period No scoring
Braden Holtby 19 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Matt Murray 18 saves / 22 shots
May 3 Washington Capitals 1-3 Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
T. J. Oshie (4) - pp - 12:55 Second period 09:21 - Jake Guentzel (9)
17:31 - pp - Evgeni Malkin (4)
No scoring Third period 19:02 - pp-en - Jake Guentzel (10)
Braden Holtby 21 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Matt Murray 20 saves / 21 shots
May 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 3-6 Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
Jamie Oleksiak (1) - 02:21 First period 18:22 - pp - John Carlson (3)
18:55 - Brett Connolly (2)
Sidney Crosby (9) - pp - 04:43
Patric Hornqvist (5) - pp - 07:45
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 00:52 - Evgeny Kuznetsov (6)
15:22 - Jakub Vrana (2)
18:29 - en - T. J. Oshie (5)
19:54 - en - Lars Eller (3)
Matt Murray 26 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Braden Holtby 36 saves / 39 shots
May 7 Washington Capitals 2-1 OT Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Alex Chiasson (1) - 02:13 Second period 11:52 - Kris Letang (3)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Evgeny Kuznetsov (7) - 05:27 First overtime period No scoring
Braden Holtby 21 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Matt Murray 28 saves / 30 shots
Washington won series 4-2


Western Conference Second Round

(C1) Nashville Predators vs. (C2) Winnipeg Jets

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Nashville won three of the five games in this year's regular season series.

The Jets eliminated the Predators in seven games. Mark Scheifele scored twice and Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 47 saves in game one to defeat the Predators 4-1.[69] In game two, Kevin Fiala scored 5:37 into overtime to give the Predators a 5-4 victory to even the series.[70] The Jets overcame a three-goal deficit in game three with both Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien scoring twice in a 7-4 win.[71] Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for the Predators in game four, allowing his team to win 2-1 and even the series 2-2.[72] In game five, Kyle Connor scored twice and captain Blake Wheeler provided three assists in the Jets' 6-2 victory.[73] The Predators forced a seventh game following game six in which both Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg scored twice and recorded an assist along with Pekka Rinne stopping all 34 shots in a 4-0 shutout.[74] After recording a shutout the game prior, Pekka Rinne got pulled for the third time in the series after letting in the first two goals of game seven. His counterpart, Connor Hellebuyck, made 36 saves in the victory as the Jets won the game 5-1, advancing to the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.[75]


April 27 Winnipeg Jets 4-1 Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap  
Brandon Tanev (2) - 14:51 First period No scoring
Paul Stastny (2) - 09:01
Mark Scheifele (5) - 17:51
Second period No scoring
Mark Scheifele (6) - en - 19:24 Third period 01:23 - Kevin Fiala (2)
Connor Hellebuyck 47 saves / 48 shots Goalie stats Pekka Rinne 13 saves / 16 shots
Juuse Saros 2 saves / 2 shots
April 29 Winnipeg Jets 4-5 2OT Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap  
Dustin Byfuglien (1) - 12:47
Mark Scheifele (7) - pp - 13:16
First period 00:27 - Ryan Johansen (3)
No scoring Second period 05:04 - pp - P. K. Subban (1)
18:41 - Viktor Arvidsson (3)
Brandon Tanev (3) - 05:11
Mark Scheifele (8) - 18:55
Third period 05:45 - Ryan Johansen (4)
No scoring Second overtime period 05:37 - Kevin Fiala (3)
Connor Hellebuyck 36 saves / 41 shots Goalie stats Pekka Rinne 46 saves / 50 shots
May 1 Nashville Predators 4-7 Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap  
Mike Fisher (1) - 04:53
P. K. Subban (2) - pp - 10:06
Austin Watson (5) - 17:35
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 02:38 - Paul Stastny (3)
05:11 - Dustin Byfuglien (2)
05:29 - Jacob Trouba (2)
19:15 - Dustin Byfuglien (3)
Filip Forsberg (5) - pp - 07:40 Third period 15:01 - pp - Blake Wheeler (2)
19:09 - en - Blake Wheeler (3)
19:29 - en - Brandon Tanev (4)
Pekka Rinne 38 saves / 43 shots Goalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 26 saves / 30 shots
May 3 Nashville Predators 2-1 Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap  
Ryan Hartman (2) - 17:20 First period No scoring
P. K. Subban (3) - pp - 14:36 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 19:09 - pp - Patrik Laine (3)
Pekka Rinne 32 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 27 saves / 29 shots
May 5 Winnipeg Jets 6-2 Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Paul Stastny (4) - 07:44
Kyle Connor (1) - 12:30
Dustin Byfuglien (4) - 14:35
Kyle Connor (2) - 17:01
Second period 11:08 - Yannick Weber (1)
17:59 - sh - Ryan Johansen (5)
Mark Scheifele (9) - 00:28
Mathieu Perreault (1) - pp - 06:23
Third period No scoring
Connor Hellebuyck 38 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Pekka Rinne 20 saves / 26 shots
Juuse Saros 6 saves / 6 shots
May 7 Nashville Predators 4-0 Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap  
Viktor Arvidsson (4) - 01:02 First period No scoring
Filip Forsberg (6) - 08:16 Second period No scoring
Filip Forsberg (7) - 05:55
Viktor Arvidsson (5) - en - 15:58
Third period No scoring
Pekka Rinne 34 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 25 saves / 28 shots
May 10 Winnipeg Jets 5-1 Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap  
Tyler Myers (3) - 08:41
Paul Stastny (5) - 10:47
First period 15:54 - pp - P. K. Subban (4)
Mark Scheifele (10) - 17:50 Second period No scoring
Paul Stastny (6) - pp - 11:59
Mark Scheifele (11) - en - 17:27
Third period No scoring
Connor Hellebuyck 36 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Pekka Rinne 5 saves / 7 shots
Juuse Saros 14 saves / 16 shots
Winnipeg won series 4-3


(P1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (P3) San Jose Sharks

This was the first playoff series between these two teams. Vegas won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Golden Knights defeated the Sharks in six games. In game one, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 33 shots he faced and Vegas scored with seven different players to defeat San Jose 7-0.[76] The Sharks used double-overtime to take game two 4-3 as Logan Couture's second goal of the game ended the Golden Knights' playoff winning streak.[77] Game three also went into overtime, however, this time the Golden Knights' William Karlsson got the best of the Sharks, scoring the overtime-winner in a 4-3 victory for Vegas.[78] Martin Jones shut out the Golden Knights in game four, stopping all 34 shots he faced, giving the Sharks a 4-0 victory to even the series 2-2.[79] After the Golden Knights put up a 4-0 lead in game five, including two goals from rookie Alex Tuch, the Sharks scored three goals in the third period to come within one goal. However, Vegas halted the comeback when Jonathan Marchessault scored an empty-net goal to secure a 5-3 win.[80] In game six, Marc-Andre Fleury recorded a 28-save shut out in a 3-0 victory to send the Golden Knights to their first Conference Finals.


April 26 San Jose Sharks 0-7 Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 04:31 - Cody Eakin (2)
04:57 - Erik Haula (2)
06:02 - Jonathan Marchessault (1)
11:43 - pp - Alex Tuch (2)
No scoring Second period 03:28 - Shea Theodore (2)
No scoring Third period 04:32 - pp - Colin Miller (1)
08:09 - pp - James Neal (2)
Martin Jones 8 saves / 13 shots
Aaron Dell 19 saves / 21 shots
Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 33 saves / 33 shots
April 28 San Jose Sharks 4-3 2OT Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 17:59 - William Karlsson (2)
Brent Burns (2) - pp - 02:00
Logan Couture (3) - 11:08
Brent Burns (3) - 14:07
Second period 00:26 - William Karlsson (3)
No scoring Third period 13:28 - Nate Schmidt (1)
Logan Couture (4) - pp - 05:13 Second overtime period No scoring
Martin Jones 26 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 43 saves / 47 shots
April 30 Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 OT San Jose Sharks SAP Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Colin Miller (2) - pp - 09:40
Jonathan Marchessault (2) - pp - 13:09
Reilly Smith (1) - 14:26
Second period 06:59 - pp - Timo Meier (2)
No scoring Third period 07:49 - Evander Kane (4)
18:03 - Tomas Hertl (4)
William Karlsson (4) - 08:17 First overtime period No scoring
Marc-Andre Fleury 39 saves / 42 shots Goalie stats Martin Jones 29 saves / 33 shots
May 2 Vegas Golden Knights 0-4 San Jose Sharks SAP Center Recap  
No scoring First period 15:37 - Marcus Sorensen (4)
19:54 - Joonas Donskoi (2)
No scoring Second period 05:35 - Tomas Hertl (5)
No scoring Third period 11:43 - pp - Joe Pavelski (2)
Marc-Andre Fleury 30 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Martin Jones 34 saves / 34 shots
May 4 San Jose Sharks 3-5 Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 19:57 - James Neal (3)
No scoring Second period 04:52 - pp - Alex Tuch (3)
08:59 - Erik Haula (3)
Kevin Labanc (1) - pp - 09:35
Tomas Hertl (6) - 11:44
Mikkel Boedker (1) - 15:44
Third period 08:36 - Alex Tuch (4)
18:39 - en - Jonathan Marchessault (3)
Martin Jones 27 saves / 31 shots
Aaron Dell 7 saves / 7 shots
Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 27 saves / 30 shots
May 6 Vegas Golden Knights 3-0 San Jose Sharks SAP Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Jonathan Marchessault (4) - 06:33
Nate Schmidt (2) - 15:38
Second period No scoring
Cody Eakin (3) - en - 18:09 Third period No scoring
Marc-Andre Fleury 28 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Martin Jones 30 saves / 32 shots
Vegas won series 4-2


Conference Finals

Eastern Conference Final

(A1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (M1) Washington Capitals

This was the third playoff meeting between these teams with Tampa Bay winning both previous series. They last met in the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals, which Tampa Bay won in a four-game sweep. Also since 2011, this was the first conference final between two division champions. This was the Lightning's fifth appearance in the Conference Finals, and their third in the last four seasons.[81] Tampa Bay last went to the Conference Finals in 2016; they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games. This was Washington's third Conference Finals appearance. They last made the Conference Finals in 1998; they defeated the Buffalo Sabres in six games. Tampa Bay won two of the three games in this year's regular season series.

The Capitals defeated the Lightning in seven games. In game one, Washington scored four consecutive goals across the first two periods forcing Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper to pull goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy; the Capitals won 4-2.[82] Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists in Washington's 6-2 triumph in game two.[83] The Lightning struck back in game three as Victor Hedman potted a goal and two assists in Tampa's 4-2 victory.[84] Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves in game four as the Lightning won the game 4-2 and thus tied the series.[85] In game five, Ryan Callahan had a goal and an assist for the Lightning as they hung on for 3-2 victory.[86] In game six, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 24 saves in a 3-0 shutout victory to force a seventh game.[87] Braden Holtby stopped all 29 shots and Andre Burakovsky scored twice in game seven for Washington, advancing the Capitals to the Finals for the first time since 1998 in a 4-0 victory.


May 11 Washington Capitals 4-2 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
Michal Kempny (1) - 07:28
Alexander Ovechkin (9) - pp - 19:54
First period No scoring
Jay Beagle (2) - 02:40
Lars Eller (4) - pp - 06:42
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 03:45 - pp - Steven Stamkos (4)
13:03 - Ondrej Palat (5)
Braden Holtby 19 saves / 21 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 21 saves / 25 shots
Louis Domingue 7 saves / 7 shots
May 13 Washington Capitals 6-2 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
Tom Wilson (3) - 00:28 First period 07:08 - pp - Brayden Point (5)
10:22 - pp - Steven Stamkos (5)
Devante Smith-Pelly (3) - 02:50
Lars Eller (5) - 18:58
Evgeny Kuznetsov (8) - pp - 19:57
Second period No scoring
Alexander Ovechkin (10) - 03:34
Brett Connolly (3) - 12:57
Third period No scoring
Braden Holtby 33 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 31 saves / 37 shots
May 15 Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
Steven Stamkos (6) - pp - 13:53 First period No scoring
Nikita Kucherov (7) - pp - 01:50
Victor Hedman (1) - 03:37
Brayden Point (6) - 16:03
Second period 10:31 - Brett Connolly (4)
No scoring Third period 16:58 - Evgeny Kuznetsov (9)
Andrei Vasilevskiy 36 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Braden Holtby 19 saves / 23 shots
May 17 Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
Brayden Point (7) - 05:38
Steven Stamkos (7) - pp - 08:32
First period 04:28 - Dmitry Orlov (2)
No scoring Second period 05:18 - Evgeny Kuznetsov (10)
Alex Killorn (5) - 11:57
Anthony Cirelli (2) - en - 19:58
Third period No scoring
Andrei Vasilevskiy 36 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Braden Holtby 16 saves / 19 shots
May 19 Washington Capitals 2-3 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 00:19 - Cedric Paquette (1)
09:04 - Ondrej Palat (6)
Evgeny Kuznetsov (11) - 04:21 Second period 00:33 - Ryan Callahan (2)
Alexander Ovechkin (11) - 18:24 Third period No scoring
Braden Holtby 19 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 28 saves / 30 shots
May 21 Tampa Bay Lightning 0-3 Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 15:12 - pp - T. J. Oshie (6)
No scoring Third period 10:02 - Devante Smith-Pelly (4)
19:10 - en - T. J. Oshie (7)
Andrei Vasilevskiy 31 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Braden Holtby 24 saves / 24 shots
May 23 Washington Capitals 4-0 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
Alexander Ovechkin (12) - 01:02 First period No scoring
Andre Burakovsky (1) - 08:59
Andre Burakovsky (2) - 16:31
Second period No scoring
Nicklas Backstrom (4) - en - 16:17 Third period No scoring
Braden Holtby 29 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 19 saves / 22 shots
Washington won series 4-3


Western Conference Final

(C2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (P1) Vegas Golden Knights

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. This was the first time since 2003 where two teams were making their Conference Finals debut. The Jets advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time in their 19th year (seventh in Winnipeg) after entering the league in 1999 as the Atlanta Thrashers; they also became the first Winnipeg-based team in league history to make it past the second round. Vegas made the Conference Finals in their inaugural season becoming the first expansion team since the St. Louis Blues in 1968 to advance past the second round of the playoffs. Vegas won two of the three games in this year's regular season series.

The Golden Knights defeated the Jets in five games. In game one, Mark Scheifele scored a goal and recorded an assist in a 4-2 triumph over the Golden Knights.[88] Jonathan Marchessault scored twice in Vegas' bounce-back win in game two, evening the series after a 3-1 victory.[89] Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves for Vegas, including 15 in the third period of game three, to take a 4-2 victory.[90] Fleury made an additional 35 saves in game four with Vegas forward Reilly Smith scoring the game-winning goal 13:02 into the third period.[91] In game five, the Golden Knights held onto a 2-1 lead, after Ryan Reaves scored in the second period to break the tie, to win the game and became the first expansion team to move onto the Stanley Cup Finals since the St. Louis Blues in 1968.[92]


May 12 Vegas Golden Knights 2-4 Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap  
Brayden McNabb (2) - 08:10 First period 01:05 - Dustin Byfuglien (5)
06:49 - pp - Patrik Laine (4)
07:35 - Joel Armia (2)
William Karlsson (5) - pp - 15:55 Second period 09:54 - pp - Mark Scheifele (12)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Marc-Andre Fleury 22 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 19 saves / 21 shots
May 14 Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap  
Tomas Tatar (1) - 13:23
Jonathan Marchessault (5) - 17:22
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Jonathan Marchessault (6) - 08:45 Third period 07:17 - pp - Kyle Connor (3)
Marc-Andre Fleury 30 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 25 saves / 28 shots
May 16 Winnipeg Jets 2-4 Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 00:35 - Jonathan Marchessault (7)
Mark Scheifele (13) - 05:28 Second period 05:40 - James Neal (4)
08:13 - Alex Tuch (5)
Mark Scheifele (14) - 00:18 Third period 19:57 - en - Jonathan Marchessault (8)
Connor Hellebuyck 26 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 33 saves / 35 shots
May 18 Winnipeg Jets 2-3 Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 02:25 - pp - William Karlsson (6)
Patrik Laine (5) - pp - 09:29 Second period 10:12 - Tomas Nosek (1)
Tyler Myers (4) - 05:34 Third period 13:02 - Reilly Smith (2)
Connor Hellebuyck 26 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 35 saves / 37 shots
May 20 Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap  
Alex Tuch (6) - 05:11 First period 17:14 - Josh Morrissey (1)
Ryan Reaves (1) - 13:21 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Marc-Andre Fleury 31 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 30 saves / 32 shots
Vegas won series 4-1


Stanley Cup Finals

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Vegas was making their Finals debut in their inaugural season, becoming the first team since the aforementioned St. Louis Blues to make the Finals in their first season. Washington made their second Finals appearance. Their only previous appearance in the Finals ended in a four-game sweep by the Detroit Red Wings in 1998. This was the first Finals since 2007 to feature two teams that had not previously won a Stanley Cup. Vegas won both games in this year's regular season series.


May 28 Washington Capitals 4-6 Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap  
Brett Connolly (5) - 14:41
Nicklas Backstrom (5) - 15:23
First period 07:15 - pp - Colin Miller (3)
18:19 - William Karlsson (7)
John Carlson (4) - 08:29 Second period 03:21 - Reilly Smith (3)
Tom Wilson (4) - 01:10 Third period 02:41 - Ryan Reaves (2)
09:44 - Tomas Nosek (2)
19:57 - en - Tomas Nosek (3)
Braden Holtby 28 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 24 saves / 28 shots
May 30 Washington Capitals 3-2 Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap  
Lars Eller (6) - 17:27 First period 07:58 - James Neal (5)
Alexander Ovechkin (13) - pp - 05:38
Brooks Orpik (1) - 09:41
Second period 17:47 - pp - Shea Theodore (3)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Braden Holtby 37 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 23 saves / 26 shots
June 2 Vegas Golden Knights 1-3 Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 01:10 - Alexander Ovechkin (14)
12:50 - Evgeny Kuznetsov (12)
Tomas Nosek (4) - 03:29 Third period 13:53 - Devante Smith-Pelly (5)
Marc-Andre Fleury 23 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Braden Holtby 21 saves / 22 shots
June 4 Vegas Golden Knights 2-6 Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 09:54 - pp - T. J. Oshie (8)
16:26 - Tom Wilson (5)
19:39 - Devante Smith-Pelly (6)
No scoring Second period 15:23 - pp - John Carlson (5)
James Neal (6) - 05:43
Reilly Smith (4) - 12:26
Third period 13:39 - Michal Kempny (2)
18:51 - pp - Brett Connolly (6)
Marc-Andre Fleury 17 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Braden Holtby 28 saves / 30 shots
June 7 Washington Capitals 4-3 Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Jakub Vrana (3) - 06:24
Alexander Ovechkin (15) - pp - 10:14
Second period 09:40 - Nate Schmidt (3)
12:56 - David Perron (1)
19:31 - pp - Reilly Smith (5)
Devante Smith-Pelly (7) - 09:52
Lars Eller (7) - 12:23
Third period No scoring
Braden Holtby 28 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 29 saves / 33 shots
Washington won series 4-1


Player statistics

Skaters

These are the top ten skaters based on points.[93]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Evgeny Kuznetsov Washington Capitals 24 12 20 32 +12 16
Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 24 15 12 27 +8 8
Nicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals 20 5 18 23 -1 6
Reilly Smith Vegas Golden Knights 20 5 17 22 +5 10
Jake Guentzel Pittsburgh Penguins 12 10 11 21 +10 8
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 12 9 12 21 +7 6
Jonathan Marchessault Vegas Golden Knights 20 8 13 21 +8 10
T. J. Oshie Washington Capitals 24 8 13 21 +5 31
Blake Wheeler Winnipeg Jets 17 3 18 21 +2 10
Mark Scheifele Winnipeg Jets 17 14 6 20 +6 10

Goaltenders

This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage, with at least 420 minutes. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded.[94]

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
Braden Holtby Washington Capitals 23 16 7 639 50 2.16 .922 2 1385:45
Marc-Andre Fleury Vegas Golden Knights 20 13 7 641 47 2.24 .927 4 1258:35
Martin Jones San Jose Sharks 10 6 4 304 22 2.26 .928 2 584:40
Connor Hellebuyck Winnipeg Jets 17 9 8 511 40 2.36 .922 2 1015:07
Matt Murray Pittsburgh Penguins 12 6 6 314 29 2.43 .908 2 715:35
Andrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning 17 11 6 524 43 2.58 .918 0 999:09

Television

This was the seventh postseason under NBC Sports' current 10-year contract for American television rights to the NHL. All national coverage of games was aired on either NBCSN, the NBC broadcast network, NHL Network, USA Network, or CNBC. Due to original programming commitments involving CNBC and USA Network, two first round games on April 18 were aired by Golf Channel.[95][96][97] During the first round, excluding games exclusively broadcast on NBC, the regional rights holders of each participating U.S. team produced local telecasts of their respective games. For the second year, the first round national broadcasts were not blacked out on television in the markets of participating teams, and could co-exist with the local broadcasts (however, NBC-provided coverage was restricted in Pittsburgh and Las Vegas, where AT&T SportsNet holds the regional rights to the Penguins and the Golden Knights respectively).[98]

In Canada, for the fourth postseason under Rogers Media's current 12-year contract, coverage was broadcast by Sportsnet and CBC under the Hockey Night in Canada brand, and streamed on Sportsnet Now, CBCSports.ca (for games televised by CBC), or the subscription service Rogers NHL Live.[99] The Winnipeg Jets' first round series against the Minnesota Wild was assigned to Sportsnet, due to the Maple Leafs' series being prioritized to CBC, and to encourage subscription to the network since it is not carried on basic cable in Winnipeg.[100][101]

In a surprise move, Sportsnet did not give any on-air assignments to Bob Cole during the playoffs--an exclusion that caught the veteran commentator off-guard. Instead, Sportsnet replaced Cole with Calgary Flames announcer Rick Ball, joining Jim Hughson, Paul Romanuk and Dave Randorf on play-by-play during the first two rounds of the playoffs.[102] It was subsequently announced that Cole would retire from broadcasting the following season.[103]

Fuelled by viewer interest in the Golden Knights' inaugural season and playoff run, and in Canada, the deep playoff run of the Winnipeg Jets, viewership of these playoffs saw noticeable increases. NBC reported that viewership of the conference finals collectively saw a 15% increase over 2017, with an average cross-platform viewership[104] of 1.841 million (23% increase year-over-year) for the Western Conference finals featuring the Golden Knights, game one of said series (televised on NBC) seen by 2.374 viewers total, and game seven of the Lightning/Capitals Eastern Conference final pulling a 2.14 overnight rating--the highest viewership for a non-overtime game seven since 2015, and the highest cable viewership of the 2018 playoffs to-date.[105] The Jets also contributed to strong viewership numbers in Canada, with Sportsnet reporting an average of 2.2 million across their second-round series.[106][107][108]

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