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2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

ChampionsWashington CapitalsDefending ChampionsPittsburgh Penguins
Runner-upVegas Golden KnightsConn Smythe TrophyAlex Ovechkin (Capitals)

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.

The 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. They also became the first expansion team to make the playoffs in their inaugural season since the 1967 NHL expansion. 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.

The playoffs featured ten overtime games, the fewest since 2000. This was also the first time since 1997 that no games played in either the Conference Finals or Stanley Cup Finals went to overtime.

Eastern Conference First Round

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 12New Jersey DevilsTampa Bay Lightning2-5
Apr. 14New Jersey DevilsTampa Bay Lightning3-5
Apr. 16Tampa Bay LightningNew Jersey Devils2-5
Apr. 18Tampa Bay LightningNew Jersey Devils3-1
Apr. 21New Jersey DevilsTampa Bay Lightning1-3

Lightning won series 4-1

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 12Toronto Maple LeafsBoston Bruins1-5
Apr. 14Toronto Maple LeafsBoston Bruins3-7
Apr. 16Boston BruinsToronto Maple Leafs2-4
Apr. 19Boston BruinsToronto Maple Leafs3-1
Apr. 21Toronto Maple LeafsBoston Bruins4-3
Apr. 23Boston BruinsToronto Maple Leafs1-3
Apr. 25Toronto Maple LeafsBoston Bruins4-7

Bruins won series 4-3

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 12Columbus Blue JacketsWashington Capitals4-3 OT
Apr. 15Columbus Blue JacketsWashington Capitals5-4 OT
Apr. 17Washington CapitalsColumbus Blue Jackets3-2 2OT
Apr. 19Washington CapitalsColumbus Blue Jackets4-1
Apr. 21Columbus Blue JacketsWashington Capitals3-4 OT
Apr. 23Washington CapitalsColumbus Blue Jackets6-3

Capitals won series 4-2

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 11Philadelphia FlyersPittsburgh Penguins0-7
Apr. 13Philadelphia FlyersPittsburgh Penguins5-1
Apr. 15Pittsburgh PenguinsPhiladelphia Flyers5-1
Apr. 18Pittsburgh PenguinsPhiladelphia Flyers5-0
Apr. 20Philadelphia FlyersPittsburgh Penguins4-2
Apr. 22Pittsburgh PenguinsPhiladelphia Flyers8-5

Penguins won series 4-2

Western Conference First Round

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
April 12Colorado AvalancheNashville Predators2-5
April 14Colorado AvalancheNashville Predators4-5
April 16Nashville PredatorsColorado Avalanche3-5
April 18Nashville PredatorsColorado Avalanche3-2
April 20Colorado AvalancheNashville Predators2-1
April 22Nashville PredatorsColorado Avalanche5-0

Predators won series 4-2

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 11Minnesota WildWinnipeg Jets2-3
Apr. 13Minnesota WildWinnipeg Jets1-4
Apr. 15Winnipeg JetsMinnesota Wild2-6
Apr. 17Winnipeg JetsMinnesota Wild2-0
Apr. 20Minnesota WildWinnipeg Jets0-5

Jets won series 4-1

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 11Los Angeles KingsVegas Golden Knights0-1
Apr. 13Los Angeles KingsVegas Golden Knights1-2 2OT
Apr. 15Vegas Golden KnightsLos Angeles Kings3-2
Apr. 17Vegas Golden KnightsLos Angeles Kings1-0

Golden Knights won series 4-0

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Aug. 12San Jose SharksAnaheim Ducks3-0
Aug. 14San Jose SharksAnaheim Ducks3-2
Aug. 16Anaheim DucksSan Jose Sharks1-8
Aug. 18Anaheim DucksSan Jose Sharks1-2

Sharks won series 4-0

Eastern Conference Second Round

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 28Boston BruinsTampa Bay Lightning6-2
Apr. 30Boston BruinsTampa Bay Lightning2-4
May 2Tampa Bay LightningBoston Bruins4-1
May 4Tampa Bay LightningBoston Bruins4-3 OT
May 6Boston BruinsTampa Bay Lightning1-3

Lightning won series 4-1

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 26Pittsburgh PenguinsWashington Capitals3-2
Apr. 29Pittsburgh PenguinsWashington Capitals1-4
May 1Washington CapitalsPittsburgh Penguins4-3
May 3Washington CapitalsPittsburgh Penguins1-3
May 5Pittsburgh PenguinsWashington Capitals3-6
May 7Washington CapitalsPittsburgh Penguins2-1 OT

Capitals won series 4-2

Western Conference Second Round

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 27Winnipeg JetsNashville Predators4-1
Apr. 29Winnipeg JetsNashville Predators4-5 2OT
May 1Nashville PredatorsWinnipeg Jets4-7
May 3Nashville PredatorsWinnipeg Jets2-1
May 5Winnipeg JetsNashville Predators6-2
May 7Nashville PredatorsWinnipeg Jets4-0
May 10Winnipeg JetsNashville Predators5-1

Jets won series 4-3

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
Apr. 26San Jose SharksVegas Golden Knights0-7
Apr. 28San Jose SharksVegas Golden Knights4-3 2OT
Apr. 30Vegas Golden KnightsSan Jose Sharks4-3 OT
May 2Vegas Golden KnightsSan Jose Sharks0-4
May 4San Jose SharksVegas Golden Knights3-5
May 6Vegas Golden KnightsSan Jose Sharks3-0

Golden Knights won series 4-2

Eastern Conference Final

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
May 11Washington CapitalsTampa Bay Lightning4-2
May 13Washington CapitalsTampa Bay Lightning6-2
May 15Tampa Bay LightningWashington Capitals4-2
May 17Tampa Bay LightningWashington Capitals4-2
May 19Washington CapitalsTampa Bay Lightning2-3
May 21Tampa Bay LightningWashington Capitals0-3
May 23Washington CapitalsTampa Bay Lightning4-0

Capitals won series 4-3

Western Conference Final

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

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
May 12Vegas Golden KnightsWinnipeg Jets3-6
May 14Vegas Golden KnightsWinnipeg Jets4-2
May 16Winnipeg JetsVegas Golden Knights5-4 OT
May 18Winnipeg JetsVegas Golden Knights1-2
May 20Vegas Golden KnightsWinnipeg Jets5-0

Golden Knights won series 4-1

Stanley Cup Final

Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues

DateRoad TeamHome TeamScore/Recap
May 28Washington CapitalsVegas Golden Knights4-6
May 30Washington CapitalsVegas Golden Knights3-2
June 2Vegas Golden KnightsWashington Capitals1-3
June 4Vegas Golden KnightsWashington Capitals2-6
June 7Washington CapitalsVegas Golden Knights4-3

Capitals won the series 4-1 and the Stanley Cup

Conn Smythe Trophy: Alexander Ovechkin