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List of Winnipeg Jets seasons

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For the season history of the previous NHL Winnipeg Jets, see List of Winnipeg Jets (1972–96) seasons .
For the season history of the Atlanta Thrashers, see List of Atlanta Thrashers seasons .
An interior view of the ice rink and stands at BellMTS Centre as the fans and players celebrate the team's first home victory

The Winnipeg Jets celebrate their first regulation win in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre on October 17, 2011.

The Winnipeg Jets are a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg , Manitoba . They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team, owned by True North Sports & Entertainment , plays its home games at the MTS Centre .

The franchise was founded in 1999, and played eleven seasons in Atlanta , Georgia as the Atlanta Thrashers before moving to Winnipeg in 2011. The team has played seven seasons in Winnipeg. They first qualified for the playoffs in 2015, losing in the first round to the Anaheim Ducks four games to none.

Contents

  • 1 Table key
  • 2 Season-by-season
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Table key[ edit ]

Key of terms and abbreviations
Term or abbreviationDefinition
FinishFinal position in division or conference standings
GAGoals against (goals scored by the Jets’ opponents)
GFGoals for (goals scored by the Jets)
GPNumber of games played
LNumber of losses
OTNumber of losses in overtime
PtsNumber of points
WNumber of wins
Does not apply

Season-by-season[ edit ]

Stanley Cup Champions Conference ChampionsDivision Champions
NHL SeasonJets seasonConferenceDivision Regular season [1] [2] Post season
Div.
Finish
Conf.
Finish
GPWLOTPtsGFGAGPWLGFGAResult
Relocated from Atlanta
2011–12 2011–12 Eastern Southeast4th11th8237351084225246Did not qualify
2012–13 [a] 2012–13EasternSoutheast2nd9th482421351128144Did not qualify
2013–14 2013–14 Western [b] Central7th11th8237351084227237Did not qualify
2014–15 2014–15WesternCentral5th7th8243261399230210404916Lost First Round to Anaheim Ducks , 0–4 [3]
2015–16 2015–16WesternCentral7th12th823539878211236Did not qualify
2016–17 2016–17WesternCentral5th9th824035787249256Did not qualify
2017–18 2017–18WesternCentral2nd2nd8252201011427721817985342Won First Round vs. Minnesota Wild , 4–1
Won Second Round vs. Nashville Predators , 4–3
Lost Conference Finals to Vegas Golden Knights , 1–4
Totals5402682116159715471547219126258Post-season series record: 2–2

Notes[ edit ]

  • a The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 2012–13 NHL lockout . [4]
  • b The NHL realigned prior to the 2013–14 season. The Jets were placed in the Central Division of the Western Conference . [5]

References[ edit ]

  1. ^ “Winnipeg Jets Statistics and History” . The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ “Winnipeg Jets Franchise Index” . Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ “2015 NHL Playoff Summary” . Hockey-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ “NHL lockout ends, training camps set to open” . Yahoo! News. January 12, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ “NHL slate, division names revealed” . ESPN.com news services. ESPN. July 20, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 

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      2018 Stanley Cup playoffs

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      2018 Stanley Cup playoffs
      2018 Stanley Cup playoffs logo.svg
      Tournament details
      DatesApril 11–June 7, 2018
      Teams16
      Final positions
      Champions Washington Capitals
      Runner-up Vegas Golden Knights
      Conference
      runners-up
      • Tampa Bay Lightning
      • Winnipeg Jets
      Tournament statistics
      Scoring leader(s) Evgeny Kuznetsov (Capitals)
      (32 points)
      MVP Alexander 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 ended, 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.

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

      Contents

      • 1 Playoff seeds
        • 1.1 Eastern Conference
          • 1.1.1 Atlantic Division
          • 1.1.2 Metropolitan Division
          • 1.1.3 Wild Cards
        • 1.2 Western Conference
          • 1.2.1 Central Division
          • 1.2.2 Pacific Division
          • 1.2.3 Wild Cards
      • 2 Playoff bracket
      • 3 First Round
        • 3.1 Eastern Conference First Round
          • 3.1.1 (A1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (WC2) New Jersey Devils
          • 3.1.2 (A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Toronto Maple Leafs
          • 3.1.3 (M1) Washington Capitals vs. (WC1) Columbus Blue Jackets
          • 3.1.4 (M2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (M3) Philadelphia Flyers
        • 3.2 Western Conference First Round
          • 3.2.1 (C1) Nashville Predators vs. (WC2) Colorado Avalanche
          • 3.2.2 (C2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (C3) Minnesota Wild
          • 3.2.3 (P1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (WC1) Los Angeles Kings
          • 3.2.4 (P2) Anaheim Ducks vs. (P3) San Jose Sharks
      • 4 Second Round
        • 4.1 Eastern Conference Second Round
          • 4.1.1 (A1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (A2) Boston Bruins
          • 4.1.2 (M1) Washington Capitals vs. (M2) Pittsburgh Penguins
        • 4.2 Western Conference Second Round
          • 4.2.1 (C1) Nashville Predators vs. (C2) Winnipeg Jets
          • 4.2.2 (P1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (P3) San Jose Sharks
      • 5 Conference Finals
        • 5.1 Eastern Conference Final
          • 5.1.1 (A1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (M1) Washington Capitals
        • 5.2 Western Conference Final
          • 5.2.1 (C2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (P1) Vegas Golden Knights
      • 6 Stanley Cup Finals
      • 7 Player statistics
        • 7.1 Skaters
        • 7.2 Goaltenders
      • 8 Television
      • 9 References
      • 10 External links

      Playoff seeds[ edit ]

      Further information: Stanley Cup playoffs § Current format

      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[ edit ]

      Atlantic Division[ edit ]

      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[ edit ]

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

      Wild Cards[ edit ]

      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[ edit ]

      Central Division[ edit ]

      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[ edit ]

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

      Wild Cards[ edit ]

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

      Playoff bracket[ edit ]

      In each round, teams compete 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 plays at home for games one and two (and games five and seven, if necessary), and the other team is at home for games three and four (and game six, if necessary). The top three teams in each division make 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 plays against the division winner with the best record while the other wild card plays against the other division winner, and both wild cards are de facto #4 seeds. The other series match the second and third place teams from the divisions. In the first two rounds, home ice advantage is awarded to the team with the better seed. Thereafter, it is awarded to the team that had the better regular season record.

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       First RoundSecond RoundConference FinalsStanley Cup Finals
                         
      A1Tampa Bay4 
      WCNew Jersey1 
       A1Tampa Bay4 
       
       A2Boston1 
      A2Boston4
      A3Toronto3 
       A1Tampa Bay3 
      Eastern Conference
       M1Washington4 
      M1Washington4 
      WCColumbus2 
       M1Washington4
       
       M2Pittsburgh2 
      M2Pittsburgh4
      M3Philadelphia2 
       M1Washington4
       P1Vegas1
      C1Nashville4 
      WCColorado2 
       C1Nashville3
       
       C2Winnipeg4 
      C2Winnipeg4
      C3Minnesota1 
       C2Winnipeg1
      Western Conference
       P1Vegas4 
      P1Vegas4 
      WCLos Angeles0 
       P1Vegas4
       
       P3San Jose2 
      P2Anaheim0
      P3San Jose4 
      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[ edit ]

      Eastern Conference First Round[ edit ]

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

      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 12New Jersey Devils2–5Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period15:00 – Ondrej Palat (1)
      19:31 – Tyler Johnson (1)
      Taylor Hall (1) – 13:55Second period01:54 – pp – Yanni Gourde (1)
      Travis Zajac (1) – pp – 09:35Third period12:14 – Alex Killorn (1)
      18:48 – en – Nikita Kucherov (1)
      Keith Kinkaid 27 saves / 31 shotsGoalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 29 saves / 31 shots
      April 14New Jersey Devils3–5Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap 
      Nico Hischier (1) – 13:38First period12:15 – Brayden Point (1)
      Sami Vatanen (1) – 19:34Second period03:14 – pp – Alex Killorn (2)
      04:36 – Tyler Johnson (2)
      06:01 – Nikita Kucherov (2)
      13:12 – pp – Alex Killorn (3)
      Blake Coleman (1) – 11:57Third periodNo scoring
      Keith Kinkaid 10 saves / 15 shots
      Cory Schneider 10 saves / 10 shots
      Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 41 saves / 44 shots
      April 16Tampa Bay Lightning2–5New Jersey Devils Prudential Center Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      Alex Killorn (4) – pp – 00:42Second period12:24 – Taylor Hall (2)
      Steven Stamkos (1) – pp – 00:38Third period04:03 – 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 shotsGoalie stats Cory Schneider 34 saves / 36 shots
      April 18Tampa Bay Lightning3–1New Jersey Devils Prudential Center Recap 
      J. T. Miller (1) – 11:30
      Nikita Kucherov (3) – 15:02
      First period08:23 – pp – Kyle Palmieri (1)
      No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
      Nikita Kucherov (4) – en – 18:52Third periodNo scoring
      Andrei Vasilevskiy 27 saves / 28 shotsGoalie stats Cory Schneider 34 saves / 36 shots
      April 21New Jersey Devils1–3Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period08:07 – Mikhail Sergachev (1)
      No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
      Patrick Maroon (1) – 17:00Third period12:27 – Nikita Kucherov (5)
      19:58 – en – Ryan Callahan (1)
      Cory Schneider 35 saves / 37 shotsGoalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 26 saves / 27 shots
      Tampa Bay won series 4–1

      (A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Toronto Maple Leafs[ edit ]

      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 12Toronto Maple Leafs1–5Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap 
      Zach Hyman (1) – 16:52First period05:28 – pp – Brad Marchand (1)
      No scoringSecond period15:43 – pp – David Backes (1)
      19:22 – David Pastrnak (1)
      No scoringThird period07:41 – Sean Kuraly (1)
      11:29 – pp – David Krejci (1)
      Frederik Andersen 35 saves / 40 shotsGoalie stats Tuukka Rask 26 saves / 27 shots
      April 14Toronto Maple Leafs3–7Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap 
      No scoringFirst period05:26 – David Pastrnak (2)
      09:46 – pp – Jake DeBrusk (1)
      12:13 – Kevan Miller (1)
      15:00 – pp – Rick Nash (1)
      Mitchell Marner (1) – 01:22
      Tyler Bozak (1) – 09:02
      Second period03:46 – David Krejci (2)
      James van Riemsdyk (1) – pp – 14:53Third period12:34 – 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 16Boston Bruins2–4Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap 
      No scoringFirst period17:05 – pp – James van Riemsdyk (2)
      Adam McQuaid (1) – 03:06
      Zdeno Chara (1) – 06:19
      Second period03:49 – Patrick Marleau (1)
      14:47 – Auston Matthews (1)
      No scoringThird period16:25 – Patrick Marleau (2)
      Tuukka Rask 26 saves / 30 shotsGoalie stats Frederik Andersen 40 saves / 42 shots
      April 19Boston Bruins3–1Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap 
      Torey Krug (1) – 00:28First period07:43 – Tomas Plekanec (1)
      Brad Marchand (2) – 16:55Second periodNo scoring
      Jake DeBrusk (2) – 04:17Third periodNo scoring
      Tuukka Rask 31 saves / 32 shotsGoalie stats Frederik Andersen 18 saves / 21 shots
      April 21Toronto Maple Leafs4–3Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap 
      Connor Brown (1) – 06:36
      Andreas Johnsson (1) – 10:12
      First periodNo scoring
      Tyler Bozak (2) – 10:36
      James van Riemsdyk (3) – pp – 11:55
      Second period09:45 – pp – David Backes (2)
      17:18 – Sean Kuraly (2)
      No scoringThird period05:56 – Noel Acciari (1)
      Frederik Andersen 42 saves / 45 shotsGoalie stats Tuukka Rask 9 saves / 13 shots
      Anton Khudobin 8 saves / 8 shots
      April 23Boston Bruins1–3Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      Jake DeBrusk (3) – 01:02Second period01:37 – William Nylander (1)
      13:25 – Mitchell Marner (2)
      No scoringThird period18:46 – en – Tomas Plekanec (2)
      Tuukka Rask 27 saves / 29 shotsGoalie stats Frederik Andersen 32 saves / 33 shots
      April 25Toronto Maple Leafs4–7Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap 
      Patrick Marleau (3) – pp – 02:01
      Patrick Marleau (4) – 06:12
      First period04:47 – 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 periodNo scoring
      No scoringThird period01:10 – Torey Krug (2)
      05:25 – Jake DeBrusk (5)
      11:39 – David Pastrnak (5)
      19:09 – en – Brad Marchand (3)
      Frederik Andersen 29 saves / 35 shotsGoalie stats Tuukka Rask 20 saves / 24 shots
      Boston won series 4–3

      (M1) Washington Capitals vs. (WC1) Columbus Blue Jackets[ edit ]

      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 is now the only NHL franchise without a playoff series win.

      April 12Columbus Blue Jackets4–3OTWashington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period17:52 – pp – Evgeny Kuznetsov (1)
      18:21 – pp – Evgeny Kuznetsov (2)
      Alexander Wennberg (1) – 04:48Second periodNo scoring
      Thomas Vanek (1) – pp – 01:31
      Seth Jones (1) – pp – 15:34
      Third period05:12 – Devante Smith-Pelly (1)
      Artemi Panarin (1) – 06:02First overtime periodNo scoring
      Sergei Bobrovsky 27 saves / 30 shotsGoalie stats Philipp Grubauer 23 saves / 27 shots
      April 15Columbus Blue Jackets5–4OTWashington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap 
      Cam Atkinson (1) – 18:25First period02:12 – 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 period04:09 – pp – Alexander Ovechkin (2)
      No scoringThird period16:25 – pp – T.J. Oshie (1)
      Matt Calvert (1) – 12:22First overtime periodNo scoring
      Sergei Bobrovsky 54 saves / 58 shotsGoalie stats Philipp Grubauer 18 saves / 22 shots
      Braden Holtby 7 saves / 8 shots
      April 17Washington Capitals3–22OTColumbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      Tom Wilson (1) – 05:52
      John Carlson (1) – pp – 14:43
      Second period11:18 – Pierre-Luc Dubois (1)
      No scoringThird period04:12 – Artemi Panarin (2)
      Lars Eller (1) – 09:00Second overtime periodNo scoring
      Braden Holtby 33 saves / 35 shotsGoalie stats Sergei Bobrovsky 42 saves / 45 shots
      April 19Washington Capitals4–1Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena Recap 
      Tom Wilson (2) – 06:16First periodNo scoring
      T. J. Oshie (2) – pp – 09:19Second periodNo scoring
      Alexander Ovechkin (3) – 02:49
      Evgeny Kuznetsov (3) – en – 17:41
      Third period06:22 – Boone Jenner (1)
      Braden Holtby 23 saves / 24 shotsGoalie stats Sergei Bobrovsky 29 saves / 32 shots
      April 21Columbus Blue Jackets3–4OTWashington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap 
      Matt Calvert (2) – sh – 10:08First period13:22 – Nicklas Backstrom (1)
      Matt Calvert (3) – 04:45Second period03:21 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (4)
      16:42 – pp – T. J. Oshie (3)
      Oliver Bjorkstrand (1) – 02:30Third periodNo scoring
      No scoringFirst overtime period11:53 – Nicklas Backstrom (2)
      Sergei Bobrovsky 25 saves / 29 shotsGoalie stats Braden Holtby 39 saves / 42 shots
      April 23Washington Capitals6–3Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena Recap 
      Dmitry Orlov (1) – 12:12First periodNo scoring
      Alexander Ovechkin (4) – 12:50
      Alexander Ovechkin (5) – pp – 18:23
      Second period08:40 – Nick Foligno (1)
      Devante Smith-Pelly (2) – 03:56
      Chandler Stephenson (1) – sh – 05:30
      Lars Eller (2) – en – 19:46
      Third period02:25 – Pierre-Luc Dubois (2)
      08:22 – Nick Foligno (2)
      Braden Holtby 35 saves / 38 shotsGoalie stats Sergei Bobrovsky 22 saves / 27 shots
      Washington won series 4–2

      (M2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (M3) Philadelphia Flyers[ edit ]

      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, 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 11Philadelphia Flyers0–7Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period02:38 – Bryan Rust (1)
      10:07 – Carl Hagelin (1)
      14:09 – Evgeni Malkin (1)
      No scoringSecond period07:50 – pp – Jake Guentzel (1)
      09:01 – Sidney Crosby (1)
      No scoringThird period07:41 – 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 13Philadelphia Flyers5–1Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap 
      Shayne Gostisbehere (1) – pp – 19:23First periodNo scoring
      Sean Couturier (1) – 00:47Second periodNo scoring
      Travis Konecny (1) – 01:29
      Nolan Patrick (1) – pp – 05:10
      Andrew MacDonald (1) – en – 19:44
      Third period05:27 – Patric Hornqvist (1)
      Brian Elliott 34 saves / 35 shotsGoalie stats Matt Murray 15 saves / 19 shots
      April 15Pittsburgh Penguins5–1Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center Recap 
      Sidney Crosby (4) – 10:25First periodNo scoring
      Derick Brassard (1) – pp – 02:48
      Evgeni Malkin (2) – pp – 06:48
      Brian Dumoulin (1) – 06:53
      Second period13:42 – Travis Sanheim (1)
      Justin Schultz (1) – pp – 07:08Third periodNo scoring
      Matt Murray 26 saves / 27 shotsGoalie stats Brian Elliott 21 saves / 26 shots
      April 18Pittsburgh Penguins5–0Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center Recap 
      Evgeni Malkin (3) – pp – 04:33
      Phil Kessel (1) – 14:37
      First periodNo scoring
      Kris Letang (1) – 08:04
      Sidney Crosby (5) – 10:56
      Second periodNo scoring
      Riley Sheahan (1) – 15:46Third periodNo scoring
      Matt Murray 26 saves / 26 shotsGoalie stats Brian Elliott 14 saves / 17 shots
      Michal Neuvirth 11 saves / 13 shots
      April 20Philadelphia Flyers4–2Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap 
      Claude Giroux (1) – 17:29First periodNo scoring
      Valtteri Filppula (1) – sh – 18:15Second period12:00 – Bryan Rust (2)
      16:45 – Jake Guentzel (2)
      Sean Couturier (2) – 18:45
      Matt Read (1) – en – 19:42
      Third periodNo scoring
      Michal Neuvirth 30 saves / 32 shotsGoalie stats Matt Murray 21 saves / 24 shots
      April 22Pittsburgh Penguins8–5Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center Recap 
      Sidney Crosby (6) – 06:30
      Carl Hagelin (2) – 07:17
      First period02:15 – Sean Couturier (3)
      15:48 – Andrew MacDonald (2)
      Patric Hornqvist (2) – 13:35
      Jake Guentzel (3) – 19:06
      Second period00:40 – 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 period17:07 – Sean Couturier (5)
      Matt Murray 21 saves / 26 shotsGoalie stats Michal Neuvirth 20 saves / 27 shots
      Pittsburgh won series 4–2

      Western Conference First Round[ edit ]

      (C1) Nashville Predators vs. (WC2) Colorado Avalanche[ edit ]

      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 in game three 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 12Colorado Avalanche2–5Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap 
      Nikita Zadorov (1) – 06:36First periodNo scoring
      Blake Comeau (1) – 04:51Second period03:16 – Austin Watson (1)
      08:50 – pp – Craig Smith (1)
      No scoringThird period06:08 – Filip Forsberg (1)
      12:10 – Filip Forsberg (2)
      18:03 – en – Colton Sissons (1)
      Jonathan Bernier 26 saves / 30 shotsGoalie stats Pekka Rinne 25 saves / 27 shots
      April 14Colorado Avalanche4–5Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap 
      Gabriel Bourque (1) – 02:34First periodNo scoring
      Nathan MacKinnon (1) – 17:08Second period01:01 – 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 period07:16 – Austin Watson (2)
      18:51 – en – Ryan Hartman (1)
      Jonathan Bernier 28 saves / 32 shotsGoalie stats Pekka Rinne 26 saves / 30 shots
      April 16Nashville Predators3–5Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap 
      No scoringFirst period01:50 – Blake Comeau (2)
      13:24 – Gabriel Bourque (2)
      18:07 – Nathan MacKinnon (2)
      Ryan Johansen (2) – pp – 10:23Second period04:25 – Nathan MacKinnon (3)
      Colton Sissons (2) – 07:12
      Austin Watson (3) – 18:45
      Third period18:24 – 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 18Nashville Predators3–2Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap 
      Filip Forsberg (3) – 15:33First periodNo scoring
      Colton Sissons (3) – 07:18
      Craig Smith (2) – 11:49
      Second periodNo scoring
      No scoringThird period05:20 – pp – Gabriel Landeskog (3)
      11:01 – Alexander Kerfoot (2)
      Pekka Rinne 31 saves / 33 shotsGoalie stats Jonathan Bernier 23 saves / 26 shots
      Andrew Hammond 8 saves / 8 shots
      April 20Colorado Avalanche2–1Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
      Gabriel Landeskog (4) – 15:49
      Sven Andrighetto (1) – 18:32
      Third period10:18 – Nick Bonino (1)
      Andrew Hammond 44 saves / 45 shotsGoalie stats Pekka Rinne 25 saves / 27 shots
      April 22Nashville Predators5–0Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap 
      Mattias Ekholm (1) – 07:02
      Austin Watson (4) – 10:19
      First periodNo scoring
      Filip Forsberg (4) – 00:38
      Nick Bonino (2) – 08:26
      Second periodNo scoring
      Viktor Arvidsson (2) – 02:36Third periodNo scoring
      Pekka Rinne 22 saves / 22 shotsGoalie stats Andrew Hammond 32 saves / 37 shots
      Nashville won series 4–2

      (C2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (C3) Minnesota Wild[ edit ]

      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 . [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 11Minnesota Wild2–3Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      No scoringSecond period17:37 – pp – Mark Scheifele (1)
      Matt Cullen (1) – 01:46
      Zach Parise (1) – 03:58
      Third period04:51 – Patrik Laine (1)
      12:47 – Joe Morrow (1)
      Devan Dubnyk 37 saves / 40 shotsGoalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 18 saves / 20 shots
      April 13Minnesota Wild1–4Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      No scoringSecond period08:41 – Tyler Myers (1)
      Zach Parise (2) – pp – 19:15Third period07:42 – Paul Stastny (1)
      09:24 – Andrew Copp (1)
      17:58 – Patrik Laine (2)
      Devan Dubnyk 40 saves / 44 shotsGoalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 16 saves / 17 shots
      April 15Winnipeg Jets2–6Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap 
      Blake Wheeler (1) – pp – 04:50First period09:47 – pp – Mikael Granlund (1)
      17:50 – pp – Zach Parise (3)
      Tyler Myers (2) – 06:42Second period03:32 – Matt Dumba (1)
      14:40 – Eric Staal (1)
      15:00 – Jordan Greenway (1)
      18:23 – Marcus Foligno (1)
      No scoringThird periodNo scoring
      Connor Hellebuyck 16 saves / 22 shots
      Steve Mason 7 saves / 7 shots
      Goalie stats Devan Dubnyk 29 saves / 31 shots
      April 17Winnipeg Jets2–0Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap 
      Mark Scheifele (2) – 19:32First periodNo scoring
      No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
      Mark Scheifele (3) – en – 19:49Third periodNo scoring
      Connor Hellebuyck 30 saves / 30 shotsGoalie stats Devan Dubnyk 26 saves / 27 shots
      April 20Minnesota Wild0–5Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap 
      No scoringFirst period00:31 – Jacob Trouba (1)
      05:42 – Bryan Little (1)
      11:10 – Brandon Tanev (1)
      11:59 – Joel Armia (1)
      No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
      No scoringThird period00:32 – 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[ edit ]

      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 number of 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 .

      April 11Los Angeles Kings0–1Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period03:23 – Shea Theodore (1)
      No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
      No scoringThird periodNo scoring
      Jonathan Quick 27 saves / 28 shotsGoalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 30 saves / 30 shots
      April 13Los Angeles Kings1–22OTVegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period14:47 – pp – Alex Tuch (1)
      Paul LaDue (1) – pp – 15:55Second periodNo scoring
      No scoringThird periodNo scoring
      No scoringSecond overtime period15:23 – Erik Haula (1)
      Jonathan Quick 54 saves / 56 shotsGoalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 29 saves / 30 shots
      April 15Vegas Golden Knights3–2Los Angeles Kings Staples Center Recap 
      No scoringFirst period13:14 – Alex Iafallo (1)
      No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
      Cody Eakin (1) – 06:10
      James Neal (1) – 14:23
      William Karlsson (1) – 14:44
      Third period17:56 – Anze Kopitar (1)
      Marc-Andre Fleury 37 saves / 39 shotsGoalie stats Jonathan Quick 23 saves / 26 shots
      April 17Vegas Golden Knights1–0Los Angeles Kings Staples Center Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      Brayden McNabb (1) – 04:04Second periodNo scoring
      No scoringThird periodNo scoring
      Marc-Andre Fleury 31 saves / 31 shotsGoalie stats Jonathan Quick 20 saves / 21 shots
      Vegas won series 4–0

      (P2) Anaheim Ducks vs. (P3) San Jose Sharks[ edit ]

      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 12San Jose Sharks3–0Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      Evander Kane (1) – pp – 07:07
      Evander Kane (2) – 13:51
      Brent Burns (1) – 15:15
      Second periodNo scoring
      No scoringThird periodNo scoring
      Martin Jones 25 saves / 25 shotsGoalie stats John Gibson 31 saves / 34 shots
      April 14San Jose Sharks3–2Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Recap 
      Marcus Sorensen (1) – 09:41
      Logan Couture (1) – pp – 14:41
      First period00:40 – Jakob Silfverberg (1)
      Tomas Hertl (1) – 01:11Second period07:51 – pp – Hampus Lindholm (1)
      No scoringThird periodNo scoring
      Martin Jones 28 saves / 30 shotsGoalie stats John Gibson 32 saves / 35 shots
      April 16Anaheim Ducks1–8San Jose Sharks SAP Center Recap 
      Rickard Rakell (1) – pp – 13:40First period03:44 – Logan Couture (2)
      No scoringSecond period01:15 – Joonas Donskoi (1)
      03:41 – Marcus Sorensen (2)
      13:43 – Eric Fehr (1)
      16:49 – pp – Tomas Hertl (2)
      No scoringThird period10:04 – 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 18Anaheim Ducks1–2San Jose Sharks SAP Center Recap 
      No scoringFirst period05:43 – Marcus Sorensen (3)
      No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
      Andrew Cogliano (1) – 07:53Third period09:09 – Tomas Hertl (3)
      John Gibson 22 saves / 24 shotsGoalie stats Martin Jones 30 saves / 31 shots
      San Jose won series 4–0

      Second Round[ edit ]

      Eastern Conference Second Round[ edit ]

      (A1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (A2) Boston Bruins[ edit ]

      This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams. Their only previous series occurred in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals , 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 in game four with his goal in the third period and Daniel Girardi scored the game-winning goal to give the Lightning a 4–3 victory. [58] 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. [59] 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. [60]

      April 28Boston Bruins6–2Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap 
      Rick Nash (2) – pp – 17:11First periodNo scoring
      Patrice Bergeron (2) – 00:42
      Rick Nash (3) – 12:33
      Second period02:31 – 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 periodNo scoring
      Tuukka Rask 34 saves / 36 shotsGoalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 18 saves / 23 shots
      April 30Boston Bruins2–4Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap 
      Charlie McAvoy (1) – 18:30First period11:47 – pp – Yanni Gourde (2)
      No scoringSecond period10:14 – Tyler Johnson (3)
      Torey Krug (3) – 15:58Third period14:08 – Ondrej Palat (2)
      19:34 – en – Brayden Point (2)
      Tuukka Rask 27 saves / 30 shotsGoalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 18 saves / 20 shots
      May 2Tampa Bay Lightning4–1Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap 
      Ondrej Palat (3) – 01:47
      Ondrej Palat (4) – 03:19
      Anthony Cirelli (1) – 16:43
      First period14:12 – pp – Patrice Bergeron (4)
      No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
      Steven Stamkos (2) – en – 19:18Third periodNo scoring
      Andrei Vasilevskiy 28 saves / 29 shotsGoalie stats Tuukka Rask 33 saves / 36 shots
      May 4Tampa Bay Lightning4–3OTBoston Bruins TD Garden Recap 
      Brayden Point (3) – 04:36
      Nikita Kucherov (6) – pp – 09:53
      First period15:28 – pp – David Pastrnak (6)
      No scoringSecond period02:04 – pp – Patrice Bergeron (5)
      Steven Stamkos (3) – 12:56Third period06:36 – sh – Patrice Bergeron (6)
      Daniel Girardi (2) – 03:18First overtime periodNo scoring
      Andrei Vasilevskiy 29 saves / 32 shotsGoalie stats Tuukka Rask 24 saves / 28 shots
      May 6Boston Bruins1–3Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap 
      David Krejci (3) – pp – 19:12First periodNo scoring
      No scoringSecond period10:43 – Brayden Point (4)
      14:00 – pp – J. T. Miller (2)
      No scoringThird period18:31 – en – Anton Stralman (1)
      Tuukka Rask 19 saves / 21 shotsGoalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 27 saves / 28 shots
      Tampa Bay won series 4–1

      (M1) Washington Capitals vs. (M2) Pittsburgh Penguins[ edit ]

      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. [61] In game two, Braden Holtby made 32 saves for Washington, defeating the Penguins 4–1. [62] Alexander Ovechkin scored with 1:07 left in the third period of game three to give the Capitals a 4–3 victory. [63] 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. [64] In game four, Guentzel scored twice for Pittsburgh in a 3–1 victory, evening the series 2–2. [65] 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. [66] 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 . [67]

      April 26Pittsburgh Penguins3–2Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period00:17 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (5)
      No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
      Patric Hornqvist (3) – 02:59
      Sidney Crosby (7) – 05:20
      Jake Guentzel (7) – 07:48
      Third period00:28 – Alexander Ovechkin (6)
      Matt Murray 32 saves / 34 shotsGoalie stats Braden Holtby 22 saves / 25 shots
      April 29Pittsburgh Penguins1–4Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period01:26 – Alexander Ovechkin (7)
      14:54 – pp – Jakub Vrana (1)
      Kris Letang (2) – 13:04Second period02:08 – Brett Connolly (1)
      No scoringThird period19:53 – en – Nicklas Backstrom (3)
      Matt Murray 28 saves / 31 shotsGoalie stats Braden Holtby 32 saves / 33 shots
      May 1Washington Capitals4–3Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      John Carlson (2) – pp – 00:48
      Chandler Stephenson (2) – 11:04
      Second period04:33 – 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 periodNo scoring
      Braden Holtby 19 saves / 22 shotsGoalie stats Matt Murray 18 saves / 22 shots
      May 3Washington Capitals1–3Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      T. J. Oshie (4) – pp – 12:55Second period09:21 – Jake Guentzel (9)
      17:31 – pp – Evgeni Malkin (4)
      No scoringThird period19:02 – pp-en – Jake Guentzel (10)
      Braden Holtby 21 saves / 23 shotsGoalie stats Matt Murray 20 saves / 21 shots
      May 5Pittsburgh Penguins3–6Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap 
      Jamie Oleksiak (1) – 02:21First period18:22 – pp – John Carlson (3)
      18:55 – Brett Connolly (2)
      Sidney Crosby (9) – pp – 04:43
      Patric Hornqvist (5) – pp – 07:45
      Second periodNo scoring
      No scoringThird period00:52 – 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 shotsGoalie stats Braden Holtby 36 saves / 39 shots
      May 7Washington Capitals2–1OTPittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      Alex Chiasson (1) – 02:13Second period11:52 – Kris Letang (3)
      No scoringThird periodNo scoring
      Evgeny Kuznetsov (7) – 05:27First overtime periodNo scoring
      Braden Holtby 21 saves / 22 shotsGoalie stats Matt Murray 28 saves / 30 shots
      Washington won series 4–2

      Western Conference Second Round[ edit ]

      (C1) Nashville Predators vs. (C2) Winnipeg Jets[ edit ]

      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. [68] In game two, Kevin Fiala scored 5:37 into overtime to give the Predators a 5–4 victory to even the series. [69] The Jets overcame a three-goal deficit in game three with both Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien scoring twice in a 7–4 win. [70] Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for the Predators in game four, allowing his team to win 2–1 and even the series 2–2. [71] In game five, Kyle Connor scored twice and captain Blake Wheeler provided three assists in the Jets’ 6–2 victory. [72] 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. [73] 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. [74]

      April 27Winnipeg Jets4–1Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap 
      Brandon Tanev (2) – 14:51First periodNo scoring
      Paul Stastny (2) – 09:01
      Mark Scheifele (5) – 17:51
      Second periodNo scoring
      Mark Scheifele (6) – en – 19:24Third period01:23 – Kevin Fiala (2)
      Connor Hellebuyck 47 saves / 48 shotsGoalie stats Pekka Rinne 13 saves / 16 shots
      Juuse Saros 2 saves / 2 shots
      April 29Winnipeg Jets4–52OTNashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap 
      Dustin Byfuglien (1) – 12:47
      Mark Scheifele (7) – pp – 13:16
      First period00:27 – Ryan Johansen (3)
      No scoringSecond period05:04 – pp – P. K. Subban (1)
      18:41 – Viktor Arvidsson (3)
      Brandon Tanev (3) – 05:11
      Mark Scheifele (8) – 18:55
      Third period05:45 – Ryan Johansen (4)
      No scoringSecond overtime period05:37 – Kevin Fiala (3)
      Connor Hellebuyck 36 saves / 41 shotsGoalie stats Pekka Rinne 46 saves / 50 shots
      May 1Nashville Predators4–7Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap 
      Mike Fisher (1) – 04:53
      P. K. Subban (2) – pp – 10:06
      Austin Watson (5) – 17:35
      First periodNo scoring
      No scoringSecond period02:38 – Paul Stastny (3)
      05:11 – Dustin Byfuglien (2)
      05:29 – Jacob Trouba (2)
      19:15 – Dustin Byfuglien (3)
      Filip Forsberg (5) – pp – 07:40Third period15:01 – pp – Blake Wheeler (2)
      19:09 – en – Blake Wheeler (3)
      19:29 – en – Brandon Tanev (4)
      Pekka Rinne 38 saves / 43 shotsGoalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 26 saves / 30 shots
      May 3Nashville Predators2–1Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap 
      Ryan Hartman (2) – 17:20First periodNo scoring
      P. K. Subban (3) – pp – 14:36Second periodNo scoring
      No scoringThird period19:09 – pp – Patrik Laine (3)
      Pekka Rinne 32 saves / 33 shotsGoalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 27 saves / 29 shots
      May 5Winnipeg Jets6–2Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      Paul Stastny (4) – 07:44
      Kyle Connor (1) – 12:30
      Dustin Byfuglien (4) – 14:35
      Kyle Connor (2) – 17:01
      Second period11:08 – Yannick Weber (1)
      17:59 – sh – Ryan Johansen (5)
      Mark Scheifele (9) – 00:28
      Mathieu Perreault (1) – pp – 06:23
      Third periodNo scoring
      Connor Hellebuyck 38 saves / 40 shotsGoalie stats Pekka Rinne 20 saves / 26 shots
      Juuse Saros 6 saves / 6 shots
      May 7Nashville Predators4–0Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap 
      Viktor Arvidsson (4) – 01:02First periodNo scoring
      Filip Forsberg (6) – 08:16Second periodNo scoring
      Filip Forsberg (7) – 05:55
      Viktor Arvidsson (5) – en – 15:58
      Third periodNo scoring
      Pekka Rinne 34 saves / 34 shotsGoalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 25 saves / 28 shots
      May 10Winnipeg Jets5–1Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap 
      Tyler Myers (3) – 08:41
      Paul Stastny (5) – 10:47
      First period15:54 – pp – P. K. Subban (4)
      Mark Scheifele (10) – 17:50Second periodNo scoring
      Paul Stastny (6) – pp – 11:59
      Mark Scheifele (11) – en – 17:27
      Third periodNo scoring
      Connor Hellebuyck 36 saves / 37 shotsGoalie 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[ edit ]

      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. [75] 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. [76] 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. [77] 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. [78] 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. [79] 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 26San Jose Sharks0–7Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period04:31 – Cody Eakin (2)
      04:57 – Erik Haula (2)
      06:02 – Jonathan Marchessault (1)
      11:43 – pp – Alex Tuch (2)
      No scoringSecond period03:28 – Shea Theodore (2)
      No scoringThird period04:32 – 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 28San Jose Sharks4–32OTVegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period17:59 – William Karlsson (2)
      Brent Burns (2) – pp – 02:00
      Logan Couture (3) – 11:08
      Brent Burns (3) – 14:07
      Second period00:26 – William Karlsson (3)
      No scoringThird period13:28 – Nate Schmidt (1)
      Logan Couture (4) – pp – 05:13Second overtime periodNo scoring
      Martin Jones 26 saves / 29 shotsGoalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 43 saves / 47 shots
      April 30Vegas Golden Knights4–3OTSan Jose Sharks SAP Center Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      Colin Miller (2) – pp – 09:40
      Jonathan Marchessault (2) – pp – 13:09
      Reilly Smith (1) – 14:26
      Second period06:59 – pp – Timo Meier (2)
      No scoringThird period07:49 – Evander Kane (4)
      18:03 – Tomas Hertl (4)
      William Karlsson (4) – 08:17First overtime periodNo scoring
      Marc-Andre Fleury 39 saves / 42 shotsGoalie stats Martin Jones 29 saves / 33 shots
      May 2Vegas Golden Knights0–4San Jose Sharks SAP Center Recap 
      No scoringFirst period15:37 – Marcus Sorensen (4)
      19:54 – Joonas Donskoi (2)
      No scoringSecond period05:35 – Tomas Hertl (5)
      No scoringThird period11:43 – pp – Joe Pavelski (2)
      Marc-Andre Fleury 30 saves / 34 shotsGoalie stats Martin Jones 34 saves / 34 shots
      May 4San Jose Sharks3–5Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period19:57 – James Neal (3)
      No scoringSecond period04:52 – 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 period08:36 – 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 6Vegas Golden Knights3–0San Jose Sharks SAP Center Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      Jonathan Marchessault (4) – 06:33
      Nate Schmidt (2) – 15:38
      Second periodNo scoring
      Cody Eakin (3) – en – 18:09Third periodNo scoring
      Marc-Andre Fleury 28 saves / 28 shotsGoalie stats Martin Jones 30 saves / 32 shots
      Vegas won series 4–2

      Conference Finals[ edit ]

      Main article: NHL Conference Finals

      Eastern Conference Final[ edit ]

      (A1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (M1) Washington Capitals[ edit ]

      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 is the Lightning’s fifth appearance in the Conference Finals, and their third in the last four seasons. [80] Tampa Bay last went to the Conference Finals in 2016 ; they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games. This is 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. [81] Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists in Washington’s 6–2 triumph in game two. [82] The Lightning struck back in game three as Victor Hedman potted a goal and two assists in Tampa’s 4–2 victory. [83] Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves in game four as the Lightning won the game 4–2 and thus tied the series. [84] In game five, Ryan Callahan had a goal and an assist for the Lightning as they hung on for 3–2 victory. [85] In game six, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 24 saves in a 3–0 shutout victory to force a seventh game. [86] 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 11Washington Capitals4–2Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap 
      Michal Kempny (1) – 07:28
      Alexander Ovechkin (9) – pp – 19:54
      First periodNo scoring
      Jay Beagle (2) – 02:40
      Lars Eller (4) – pp – 06:42
      Second periodNo scoring
      No scoringThird period03:45 – pp – Steven Stamkos (4)
      13:03 – Ondrej Palat (5)
      Braden Holtby 19 saves / 21 shotsGoalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 21 saves / 25 shots
      Louis Domingue 7 saves / 7 shots
      May 13Washington Capitals6–2Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap 
      Tom Wilson (3) – 00:28First period07:08 – 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 periodNo scoring
      Alexander Ovechkin (10) – 03:34
      Brett Connolly (3) – 12:57
      Third periodNo scoring
      Braden Holtby 33 saves / 35 shotsGoalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 31 saves / 37 shots
      May 15Tampa Bay Lightning4–2Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap 
      Steven Stamkos (6) – pp – 13:53First periodNo scoring
      Nikita Kucherov (7) – pp – 01:50
      Victor Hedman (1) – 03:37
      Brayden Point (6) – 16:03
      Second period10:31 – Brett Connolly (4)
      No scoringThird period16:58 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (9)
      Andrei Vasilevskiy 36 saves / 38 shotsGoalie stats Braden Holtby 19 saves / 23 shots
      May 17Tampa Bay Lightning4–2Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap 
      Brayden Point (7) – 05:38
      Steven Stamkos (7) – pp – 08:32
      First period04:28 – Dmitry Orlov (2)
      No scoringSecond period05:18 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (10)
      Alex Killorn (5) – 11:57
      Anthony Cirelli (2) – en – 19:58
      Third periodNo scoring
      Andrei Vasilevskiy 36 saves / 38 shotsGoalie stats Braden Holtby 16 saves / 19 shots
      May 19Washington Capitals2–3Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period00:19 – Cedric Paquette (1)
      09:04 – Ondrej Palat (6)
      Evgeny Kuznetsov (11) – 04:21Second period00:33 – Ryan Callahan (2)
      Alexander Ovechkin (11) – 18:24Third periodNo scoring
      Braden Holtby 19 saves / 22 shotsGoalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 28 saves / 30 shots
      May 21Tampa Bay Lightning0–3Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      No scoringSecond period15:12 – pp – T. J. Oshie (6)
      No scoringThird period10:02 – Devante Smith-Pelly (4)
      19:10 – en – T. J. Oshie (7)
      Andrei Vasilevskiy 31 saves / 33 shotsGoalie stats Braden Holtby 24 saves / 24 shots
      May 23Washington Capitals4–0Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap 
      Alexander Ovechkin (12) – 01:02First periodNo scoring
      Andre Burakovsky (1) – 08:59
      Andre Burakovsky (2) – 16:31
      Second periodNo scoring
      Nicklas Backstrom (4) – en – 16:17Third periodNo scoring
      Braden Holtby 29 saves / 29 shotsGoalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 19 saves / 22 shots
      Washington won series 4–3

      Western Conference Final[ edit ]

      (C2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (P1) Vegas Golden Knights[ edit ]

      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 18th season (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. [87] Jonathan Marchessault scored twice in Vegas’ bounce-back win in game two, evening the series after a 3–1 victory. [88] Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves for Vegas, including 15 in the third period of game three, to take a 4–2 victory. [89] 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. [90] 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. [91]

      May 12Vegas Golden Knights2–4Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap 
      Brayden McNabb (2) – 08:10First period01:05 – Dustin Byfuglien (5)
      06:49 – pp – Patrik Laine (4)
      07:35 – Joel Armia (2)
      William Karlsson (5) – pp – 15:55Second period09:54 – pp – Mark Scheifele (12)
      No scoringThird periodNo scoring
      Marc-Andre Fleury 22 saves / 26 shotsGoalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 19 saves / 21 shots
      May 14Vegas Golden Knights3–1Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap 
      Tomas Tatar (1) – 13:23
      Jonathan Marchessault (5) – 17:22
      First periodNo scoring
      No scoringSecond periodNo scoring
      Jonathan Marchessault (6) – 08:45Third period07:17 – pp – Kyle Connor (3)
      Marc-Andre Fleury 30 saves / 31 shotsGoalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 25 saves / 28 shots
      May 16Winnipeg Jets2–4Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period00:35 – Jonathan Marchessault (7)
      Mark Scheifele (13) – 05:28Second period05:40 – James Neal (4)
      08:13 – Alex Tuch (5)
      Mark Scheifele (14) – 00:18Third period19:57 – en – Jonathan Marchessault (8)
      Connor Hellebuyck 26 saves / 29 shotsGoalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 33 saves / 35 shots
      May 18Winnipeg Jets2–3Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period02:25 – pp – William Karlsson (6)
      Patrik Laine (5) – pp – 09:29Second period10:12 – Tomas Nosek (1)
      Tyler Myers (4) – 05:34Third period13:02 – Reilly Smith (2)
      Connor Hellebuyck 26 saves / 29 shotsGoalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 35 saves / 37 shots
      May 20Vegas Golden Knights2–1Winnipeg Jets Bell MTS Place Recap 
      Alex Tuch (6) – 05:11First period17:14 – Josh Morrissey (1)
      Ryan Reaves (1) – 13:21Second periodNo scoring
      No scoringThird periodNo scoring
      Marc-Andre Fleury 31 saves / 32 shotsGoalie stats Connor Hellebuyck 30 saves / 32 shots
      Vegas won series 4–1

      Stanley Cup Finals[ edit ]

      Main article: 2018 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 28Washington Capitals4–6Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap 
      Brett Connolly (5) – 14:41
      Nicklas Backstrom (5) – 15:23
      First period07:15 – pp – Colin Miller (3)
      18:19 – William Karlsson (7)
      John Carlson (4) – 08:29Second period03:21 – Reilly Smith (3)
      Tom Wilson (4) – 01:10Third period02:41 – Ryan Reaves (2)
      09:44 – Tomas Nosek (2)
      19:57 – en – Tomas Nosek (3)
      Braden Holtby 28 saves / 33 shotsGoalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 24 saves / 28 shots
      May 30Washington Capitals3–2Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap 
      Lars Eller (6) – 17:27First period07:58 – James Neal (5)
      Alexander Ovechkin (13) – pp – 05:38
      Brooks Orpik (1) – 09:41
      Second period17:47 – pp – Shea Theodore (3)
      No scoringThird periodNo scoring
      Braden Holtby 37 saves / 39 shotsGoalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 23 saves / 26 shots
      June 2Vegas Golden Knights1–3Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      No scoringSecond period01:10 – Alexander Ovechkin (14)
      12:50 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (12)
      Tomas Nosek (4) – 03:29Third period13:53 – Devante Smith-Pelly (5)
      Marc-Andre Fleury 23 saves / 26 shotsGoalie stats Braden Holtby 21 saves / 22 shots
      June 4Vegas Golden Knights2–6Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst period09:54 – pp – T. J. Oshie (8)
      16:26 – Tom Wilson (5)
      19:39 – Devante Smith-Pelly (6)
      No scoringSecond period15:23 – pp – John Carlson (5)
      James Neal (6) – 05:43
      Reilly Smith (4) – 12:26
      Third period13:39 – Michal Kempny (2)
      18:51 – pp – Brett Connolly (6)
      Marc-Andre Fleury 17 saves / 23 shotsGoalie stats Braden Holtby 28 saves / 30 shots
      June 7Washington Capitals4–3Vegas Golden Knights T-Mobile Arena Recap 
      No scoringFirst periodNo scoring
      Jakub Vrana (3) – 06:24
      Alexander Ovechkin (15) – pp – 10:14
      Second period09:40 – 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 periodNo scoring
      Braden Holtby 28 saves / 31 shotsGoalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 29 saves / 33 shots
      Washington won series 4–1

      Player statistics[ edit ]

      Skaters[ edit ]

      These are the top ten skaters based on points. [92]

      PlayerTeam GP G A Pts +/– PIM
      Evgeny Kuznetsov Washington Capitals 24122032+1216
      Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals24151227+88
      Nicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals2051823–16
      Reilly Smith Vegas Golden Knights 2051722+510
      Jake Guentzel Pittsburgh Penguins 12101121+108
      Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins1291221+76
      Jonathan Marchessault Vegas Golden Knights2081321+810
      T. J. Oshie Washington Capitals2481321+531
      Blake Wheeler Winnipeg Jets 1731821+210
      Mark Scheifele Winnipeg Jets1714620+610

      Goaltenders[ edit ]

      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. [93]

      PlayerTeam GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
      Braden Holtby Washington Capitals 23167639502.16.9222 1385:45
      Marc-Andre Fleury Vegas Golden Knights 20137641472.24.9274 1258:35
      Martin Jones San Jose Sharks 1064304222.26.9282 584:40
      Connor Hellebuyck Winnipeg Jets 1798511402.36.9222 1015:07
      Matt Murray Pittsburgh Penguins 1266314292.43.9082 715:35
      Andrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning 17116524432.58.9180 999:09

      Television[ edit ]

      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 . [94] [95] [96] 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). [97]

      In Canada, for the fourth postseason under Rogers Media ‘s current 12-year contract, coverage was broadcast by Sportsnet networks and CBC Television 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. [98] The Winnipeg Jets’ first round series against the Minnesota Wild was relegated to Sportsnet, due to the Maple Leafs’ series being given priority, and to encourage subscription to the network since it is not carried on basic cable in Winnipeg. [99] [100]

      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. [101]

      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 viewership across broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms (“total audience delivery”) [102] 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. [103] The Jets also contributed to strong viewership numbers in Canada, with Sportsnet reporting an average of 2.2 million across their second-round series. [104] [105] [106]

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