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2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

ChampionsChicago BlackhawksDefending ChampionsLos Angeles Kings
Runner-upTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe TrophyDuncan Keith (Blackhawks)

The 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 15, 2015, and ended on June 15, 2015, with the Chicago Blackhawks defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals.

The New York Rangers made the playoffs as the Presidents’ Trophy winners with the most points (i.e. best record) during the regular season. They also came back from a 3–1 series deficit for the second consecutive year. The Detroit Red Wings increased their consecutive post-season appearance streak to 24 seasons, the longest current streak at the time and tied for the fourth-longest streak in NHL history. The Winnipeg Jets qualified for the playoffs for the first time since the former Atlanta Thrashers franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011. The Ottawa Senators became the first team in the NHL’s modern era (since 1942–43) to overcome a 14-point deficit in the standings to clinch a playoff spot. Also, the Calgary Flames returned to the playoffs after a six-year absence. In total, five Canadian NHL teams qualified for the post-season, the most since 2004.

The Los Angeles Kings became the first defending Stanley Cup champions since the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007 to fail to make the playoffs. The Boston Bruins failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and became the first reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners to miss the post-season since the Buffalo Sabres in 2008 (and the third overall). 

The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team in league history to face an Original Six team in all four rounds of the playoffs in the same year, as they played against the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks, respectively. They also became the fourth team to defeat three consecutive Original Six teams.

Eastern Conference First Round

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (WC1) Ottawa Senators

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 15Ottawa SenatorsMontreal Canadiens3-4
Apr. 17Ottawa SenatorsMontreal Canadiens2-3 OT
Apr. 19Montreal CanadiensOttawa Senators2-1 OT
Apr. 22Montreal CanadiensOttawa Senators0-1
Apr. 24Ottawa SenatorsMontreal Canadiens5-1
Apr. 26Montreal CanadiensOttawa Senators2-0

Candiens won series 4-2

(A2) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (A3) Detroit Red Wings

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 16Detroit Red WingsTampa Bay Lightning3-2
Apr. 18Detroit Red WingsTampa Bay Lightning1-5
Apr. 22Tampa Bay LightningDetroit Red Wings0-3
Apr. 23Tampa Bay LightningDetroit Red Wings3-2 OT
Apr. 25Detroit Red WingsTampa Bay Lightning4-0
Apr. 27Tampa Bay LightningDetroit Red Wings5-2
Apr. 29Detroit Red WingsTampa Bay Lightning0-2

Lightning won series 4-3

(M1) New York Rangers vs. (WC2) Pittsburgh Penguins

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 16Pittsburgh PenguinsNew York Rangers1-2
Apr. 18Pittsburgh PenguinsNew York Rangers4-3
Apr. 20New York RangersPittsburgh Penguins2-1
Apr. 22New York RangersPittsburgh Penguins2-1 OT
Apr. 24Pittsburgh PenguinsNew York Rangers1-2 OT

Rangers won series 4-1

(M2) Washington Capitals vs. (M3) New York Islanders

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 15New York IslandersWashington Capitals4-1
Apr. 17New York IslandersWashington Capitals3-4
Apr. 19Washington CapitalsNew York Islanders1-2 OT
Apr. 21Washington CapitalsNew York Islanders2-1 OT
Apr. 23New York IslandersWashington Capitals1-5
Apr. 25Washington CapitalsNew York Islanders1-3
Apr. 27New York IslandersWashington Capitals1-2

Capitals won series 4-3

Western Conference First Round

(C1) St. Louis Blues vs. (WC1) Minnesota Wild

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 16Minnesota WildSt. Louis Blues4-1
Apr. 18Minnesota WildSt. Louis Blues1-4
Apr. 20St. Louis BluesMinnesota Wild0-3
Apr. 22St. Louis BluesMinnesota Wild6-1
Apr. 24Minnesota WildSt. Louis Blues4-1
Apr. 26St. Louis BluesMinnesota Wild1-4

Wild won series 4-2

(C2) Nashville Predators vs. (C3) Chicago Blackhawks

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 15Chicago BlackhawksNashville Predators4-3 2OT
Apr. 17Chicago BlackhawksNashville Predators2-6
Apr. 19Nashville PredatorsChicago Blackhawks2-4
Apr. 21Nashville PredatorsChicago Blackhawks2-3 OT
Apr. 23Chicago BlackhawksNashville Predators2-5
Apr. 25Nashville PredatorsChicago Blackhawks3-4

Blackhawks won series 4-2

(P1) Anaheim Ducks vs. (WC2) Winnipeg Jets

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 15Winnipeg JetsAnaheim Ducks2-4
Apr. 18Winnipeg JetsAnaheim Ducks1-4
Apr. 20Anaheim DucksWinnipeg Jets5-4 OT
Apr. 22Anaheim DucksWinnipeg Jets5-2

Ducks won series 4-0

(P2) Vancouver Canucks vs. (P3) Calgary Flames

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 15Calgary FlamesVancouver Canucks2-1
Apr. 17Calgary FlamesVancouver Canucks1-4
Apr. 19Vancouver CanucksCalgary Flames2-4
Apr. 21Vancouver CanucksCalgary Flames1-3
Apr. 23Calgary FlamesVancouver Canucks1-2
Apr. 25Vancouver CanucksCalgary Flames4-7

Flames won series 4-2

Eastern Conference Second Round

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A2) Tampa Bay Lightning

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
May 1Tampa Bay LightningMontreal Canadiens2-1 2OT
May 3Tampa Bay LightningMontreal Canadiens6-2
May 6Montreal CanadiensTampa Bay Lightning1-2
May 7Montreal CanadiensTampa Bay Lightning6-2
May 9Tampa Bay LightningMontreal Canadiens1-2
May 12Montreal CanadiensTampa Bay Lightning1-4

Lightning won series 4-2

(M1) New York Rangers vs. (M2) Washington Capitals

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 30Washington CapitalsNew York Rangers2-1
May 2Washington CapitalsNew York Rangers2-3
May 4New York RangersWashington Capitals0-1
May 6New York RangersWashington Capitals1-2
May 8Washington CapitalsNew York Rangers1-2 OT
May 10New York RangersWashington Capitals4-3
May 13Washington CapitalsNew York Rangers1-2 OT

Rangers won series 4-3

Western Conference Second Round

(C3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (WC1) Minnesota Wild

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
May 1Minnesota WildChicago Blackhawks3-4
May 3Minnesota WildChicago Blackhawks1-4
May 6Chicago BlackhawksMinnesota Wild1-0
May 7Chicago BlackhawksMinnesota Wild4-3

Blackhawks won series 4-0

(P1) Anaheim Ducks vs. (P3) Calgary Flames

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 30Calgary FlamesAnaheim Ducks1-6
May 3Calgary FlamesAnaheim Ducks0-3
May 5Anaheim DucksCalgary Flames3-4 OT
May 8Anaheim DucksCalgary Flames4-2
May 10Calgary FlamesAnaheim Ducks2-3 OT

Ducks won series 4-1

Eastern Conference Final

(M1) New York Rangers vs. (A2) Tampa Bay Lightning

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
May 16Tampa Bay LightningNew York Rangers1-2
May 18Tampa Bay LightningNew York Rangers6-2
May 20New York RangersTampa Bay Lightning5-6 OT
May 22New York RangersTampa Bay Lightning5-1
May 24Tampa Bay LightningNew York Rangers2-0
May 26New York RangersTampa Bay Lightning7-3
May 29Tampa Bay LightningNew York Rangers2-0

Lightning won series 4-3

Western Conference Final

(P1) Anaheim Ducks vs. (C3) Chicago Blackhawks

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
May 17Chicago BlackhawksAnaheim Ducks1-4
May 19Chicago BlackhawksAnaheim Ducks3-2 3OT
May 21Anaheim DucksChicago Blackhawks2-1
May 23Anaheim DucksChicago Blackhawks4-5 2OT
May 25Chicago BlackhawksAnaheim Ducks4-5 OT
May 27Anaheim DucksChicago Blackhawks2-5
May 30Chicago BlackhawksAnaheim Ducks5-3

Blackhawks won series 4-3

Stanley Cup Final

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
June 3Chicago BlackhawksTampa Bay Lightning2-1
June 6Chicago BlackhawksTampa Bay Lightning3-4
June 8Tampa Bay LightningChicago Blackhawks3-2
June 10Tampa Bay LightningChicago Blackhawks1-2
June 13Chicago BlackhawksTampa Bay Lightning2-1
June 15Tampa Bay LightningChicago Blackhawks0-2

Blackhawks won series 4-2 and the Stanley Cup

Conn Smythe Trophy: Duncan Keith