2022 Stanley Cup playoffs

2022 playoff tournament of the National Hockey League

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs
2022 Stanley Cup playoffs logo.svg
Tournament details
DatesMay 2 – June 26 2022
Teams16
Defending championsTampa Bay Lightning 22
Final positions
ChampionsColorado Avalanche
Runner-upTampa Bay Lightning
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Connor McDavid (Oilers)
(33 points)
MVPCale Makar (Avalanche)
2021
2023 →

The 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs was the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL). The playoffs began on May 2, 2022, one day after the 2021–22 NHL regular season, and concluded on June 26, 2022, with the Colorado Avalanche winning their third Stanley Cup in franchise history, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two in the Stanley Cup Finals.[1]

With the Government of Canada allowing cross-border travel for fully vaccinated players and team personnel between Canada and the United States, the league was able to return to its usual two conference, four division alignment. As a result, the standard 16-team playoff format that was used before the COVID-19 pandemic from 20142019 was reinstated.[2]

The Florida Panthers 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 postseason appearance streak to 16 seasons, the longest active streak in the four major North American professional sports leagues.[3] Three of the semifinalists from the previous season (the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights) failed to qualify for the playoffs. The Los Angeles Kings ended a two-year run in which no teams from California qualified for the playoffs. All eight playoff teams from the Eastern Conference finished the season with at least 100 points, marking the first playoffs in NHL history in which all eight teams in a single conference qualified with at least 100 points.

Florida's opening round series victory over the Washington Capitals was their first series win since the 1996 Eastern Conference Finals.[4] This postseason marks the third time that the league has played 50 or more games in opening round of the playoffs since this round was changed to a best-of-seven format in 1987. The First Round featured five Game 7s, the most in a single playoff round since 1992, when there were six Game 7s in the Division Semifinals. On May 15, for the first time since 1997, and the second time in League history, both Game 7s went into overtime.[5] With their Conference Final series victory, the Tampa Bay Lightning became the third team in league history to win at least eleven consecutive playoff series; joining the Montreal Canadiens (1976–1980) and New York Islanders (1980–1984) in accomplishing this feat.[6]

Playoff seeds

This was the seventh year and first since 2019, 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:[7]

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

  1. Florida Panthers, Atlantic Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 122 points
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs – 115 points
  3. Tampa Bay Lightning – 110 points (39 RWs)

Metropolitan Division

  1. Carolina Hurricanes, Metropolitan Division champions – 116 points
  2. New York Rangers – 110 points (44 RWs)
  3. Pittsburgh Penguins – 103 points

Wild Cards

  1. Boston Bruins – 107 points
  2. Washington Capitals – 100 points

Western Conference

Central Division

  1. Colorado Avalanche, Central Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions – 119 points
  2. Minnesota Wild – 113 points
  3. St. Louis Blues – 109 points

Pacific Division

  1. Calgary Flames, Pacific Division champions – 111 points
  2. Edmonton Oilers – 104 points
  3. Los Angeles Kings – 99 points

Wild Cards

  1. Dallas Stars – 98 points
  2. Nashville Predators – 97 points

Playoff bracket

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 each 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. In the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals, home ice advantage was awarded to the team with the better regular season record.

  First Round Second Round Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
A1 Florida 4  
WC Washington 2  
  A1 Florida 0  
 
  A3 Tampa Bay 4  
A2 Toronto 3
A3 Tampa Bay 4  
  A3 Tampa Bay 4  
Eastern Conference
  M2 NY Rangers 2  
M1 Carolina 4  
WC Boston 3  
  M1 Carolina 3
 
  M2 NY Rangers 4  
M2 NY Rangers 4
M3 Pittsburgh 3  
  A3 Tampa Bay 2
  C1 Colorado 4
C1 Colorado 4  
WC Nashville 0  
  C1 Colorado 4
 
  C3 St. Louis 2  
C2 Minnesota 2
C3 St. Louis 4  
  C1 Colorado 4
Western Conference
  P2 Edmonton 0  
P1 Calgary 4  
WC Dallas 3  
  P1 Calgary 1
 
  P2 Edmonton 4  
P2 Edmonton 4
P3 Los Angeles 3  
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) Florida Panthers vs. (WC2) Washington Capitals

The Florida Panthers earned the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best regular season team with 122 points. Washington finished as the Eastern Conference's second wild card, earning 100 points. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Florida won two of the three games in this year's regular season series.

The Panthers defeated the Capitals in six games and won their first playoff series since 1996. In Game 1, the Capitals overcame a one-goal deficit in the third period and gained the lead at 10:37 on T. J. Oshie's goal to win 4–2.[8] Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe both scored a goal and an provided an assist in the Panthers' 5–1 victory in Game 2.[9] Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves for the Capitals in Game 3, outscoring the Panthers 6–1 and taking a 2–1 series lead.[10] Verhaeghe scored twice in Game 4, including the overtime-winning goal for the Panthers, tying the series up 2–2 in a 3–2 triumph.[11] In Game 5, Verhaeghe scored twice and assisted on the other three Panthers’ goals in Florida's three-goal comeback, taking the game 5–3 to lead the series 3–2.[12] In Game 6, Claude Giroux scored a goal and provided two assists and Verhaeghe scored the overtime goal in a 4–3 victory sending the Panthers to the Second Round for the first time in 26 years.[13]


May 3 Washington Capitals 4–2 Florida Panthers FLA Live Arena Recap  
Tom Wilson (1) – pp – 03:47 First period 17:55 – Sam Bennett (1)
No scoring Second period 00:43 – Claude Giroux (1)
Evgeny Kuznetsov (1) – 08:14
T. J. Oshie (1) – 10:37
Lars Eller (1) – en – 19:11
Third period No scoring
Vitek Vanecek 30 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Sergei Bobrovsky 34 saves / 37 shots
May 5 Washington Capitals 1–5 Florida Panthers FLA Live Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 16:20 – Aaron Ekblad (1)
17:58 – Aleksander Barkov (1)
Nicklas Backstrom (1) – pp – 02:44 Second period 03:11 – Mason Marchment (1)
15:24 – Anton Lundell (1)
17:32 – Carter Verhaeghe (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Vitek Vanecek 14 saves / 19 shots
Ilya Samsonov 17 saves / 17 shots
Goalie stats Sergei Bobrovsky 26 saves / 27 shots
May 7 Florida Panthers 1–6 Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
Jonathan Huberdeau (1) – 02:45 First period 19:34 – ppT. J. Oshie (2)
No scoring Second period 09:51 – Marcus Johansson (1)
18:49 – Trevor van Riemsdyk (1)
No scoring Third period 10:25 – ppAlexander Ovechkin (1)
15:40 – en – John Carlson (1)
19:18 – Garnet Hathaway (1)
Sergei Bobrovsky 25 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Ilya Samsonov 29 saves / 30 shots
May 9 Florida Panthers 3–2 OT Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
Carter Verhaeghe (2) – 14:08 First period 07:15 – ppT. J. Oshie (3)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Sam Reinhart (1) – 17:56 Third period 09:31 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (2)
Carter Verhaeghe (3) – 04:57 First overtime period No scoring
Sergei Bobrovsky 14 saves / 16 shots Goalie stats Ilya Samsonov 29 saves / 32 shots
May 11 Washington Capitals 3–5 Florida Panthers FLA Live Arena Recap  
T. J. Oshie (4) – pp – 07:09 First period No scoring
Justin Schultz (1) – 02:13
T. J. Oshie (5) – 03:38
Second period 06:50 – Carter Verhaeghe (4)
12:27 – Patric Hornqvist (1)
14:44 – Sam Reinhart (2)
No scoring Third period 03:04 – Carter Verhaeghe (5)
15:55 – Claude Giroux (2)
Ilya Samsonov 33 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Sergei Bobrovsky 30 saves / 33 shots
May 13 Florida Panthers 4–3 OT Washington Capitals Capital One Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Ryan Lomberg (1) – 06:13 Second period 03:44 – Nic Dowd (1)
Claude Giroux (3) – 08:18
Aleksander Barkov (2) – 14:17
Third period 01:37 – Nicklas Backstrom (2)
18:57 – ppT. J. Oshie (6)
Carter Verhaeghe (6) – 02:46 First overtime period No scoring
Sergei Bobrovsky 34 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Ilya Samsonov 27 saves / 31 shots
Florida won series 4–2


(A2) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (A3) Tampa Bay Lightning

The Toronto Maple Leafs finished second in the Atlantic Division, earning 115 points. The Tampa Bay Lightning earned 110 points to finish third in the Atlantic Division. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. These teams split their four-game regular season series.

The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs in seven games. In Game 1, Maple Leaf's forward Auston Matthews provided two goals and an assist in Jack Campbell's 24-save 5–0 shutout.[14] Victor Hedman had a goal and three assists for the Lightning in Game 2, giving Tampa Bay a 5–3 victory.[15] In Game 3, Pierre Engvall provided three assists for the Maple Leafs, staving off a potential comeback from Tampa Bay and winning 5–2.[16] In Game 4, the Lightning got off to a quick start, scoring three goals within the first eight minutes of the game en route to a 7–3 victory.[17] The Maple Leafs came back from a 2–0 deficit in Game 5 with William Nylander providing a goal and two assists in a 4–3 victory.[18] In Game 6, although the Maple Leafs came back from a two-goal deficit, the Lightning's Brayden Point scored in overtime to extend the series to a seventh game in a 4–3 affair.[19] In Game 7, Nick Paul scored twice while the Lightning defended their 2–1 lead onto the victory and a Second Round advancement.[20] With their loss in Game 7 the Maple Leafs have lost eight consecutive playoff series.


May 2 Tampa Bay Lightning 0–5 Toronto Maple Leafs Scotiabank Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 18:19 – Jake Muzzin (1)
No scoring Second period 06:18 – ppAuston Matthews (1)
09:27 – shDavid Kampf (1)
16:39 – Mitch Marner (1)
No scoring Third period 08:16 – Auston Matthews (2)
Andrei Vasilevskiy 27 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Jack Campbell 24 saves / 24 shots
May 4 Tampa Bay Lightning 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs Scotiabank Arena Recap  
Victor Hedman (1) – pp – 19:57 First period No scoring
Corey Perry (1) – 02:21
Nikita Kucherov (1) – pp – 09:57
Second period 07:47 – Michael Bunting (1)
Brandon Hagel (1) – 01:33
Brayden Point (1) – pp – 05:38
Third period 11:53 – Mitch Marner (2)
15:43 – shAlexander Kerfoot (1)
Andrei Vasilevskiy 31 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Jack Campbell 29 saves / 34 shots
May 6 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–2 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
Morgan Rielly (1) – pp – 04:54
Colin Blackwell (1) – 09:44
First period No scoring
David Kampf (2) – 05:52 Second period 11:03 – ppRoss Colton (1)
Ilya Mikheyev (1) – en – 18:20
Ilya Mikheyev (2) – en – 19:55
Third period 05:43 – Ondrej Palat (1)
Jack Campbell 32 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 31 saves / 34 shots
May 8 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–7 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 01:00 – Steven Stamkos (1)
05:20 – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (1)
07:58 – Patrick Maroon (1)
No scoring Second period 03:17 – Ross Colton (2)
05:25 – ppCorey Perry (2)
William Nylander (1) – pp – 02:27
William Nylander (2) – 12:01
Jake Muzzin (2) – 15:41
Third period 14:40 – enOndrej Palat (2)
17:44 – en – Ross Colton (3)
Jack Campbell 11 saves / 16 shots
Erik Kallgren 10 saves / 10 shots
Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 22 saves / 25 shots
May 10 Tampa Bay Lightning 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs Scotiabank Arena Recap  
Steven Stamkos (2) – 05:19
Victor Hedman (2) – pp – 06:11
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 03:35 – ppJohn Tavares (1)
Ryan McDonagh (1) – 08:17 Third period 03:01 – Morgan Rielly (2)
04:14 – William Nylander (3)
13:54 – Auston Matthews (3)
Andrei Vasilevskiy 21 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Jack Campbell 32 saves / 35 shots
May 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–4 OT Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 17:38 – Ondrej Palat (3)
Auston Matthews (4) – 11:40
John Tavares (2) – 19:26
John Tavares (3) – 19:52
Second period 10:46 – shAnthony Cirelli (1)
No scoring Third period 09:20 – ppNikita Kucherov (2)
No scoring First overtime period 18:04 – Brayden Point (2)
Jack Campbell 31 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 30 saves / 33 shots
May 14 Tampa Bay Lightning 2–1 Toronto Maple Leafs Scotiabank Arena Recap  
Nick Paul (1) – 18:24 First period No scoring
Nick Paul (2) – 16:32 Second period 13:25 – Morgan Rielly (3)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Andrei Vasilevskiy 30 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Jack Campbell 23 saves / 25 shots
Tampa Bay won series 4–3


(M1) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (WC1) Boston Bruins

The Carolina Hurricanes finished first in the Metropolitan Division earning 116 points. Boston finished as the Eastern Conference's first wild card earning 107 points. This was the seventh playoff meeting between these two teams, with Boston winning five of the six previous series. They last met in the 2020 Eastern Conference First Round, which Boston won in five games. Carolina won all three games in this year's regular season series.

The Hurricanes defeated the Bruins in seven games, with the home team victorious in every game. Antti Raanta made 35 saves in Game 1, backstopping the Hurricanes in a 5–1 victory.[21] Upon Hurricanes forward Nino Niederreiter's two goals and Pyotr Kochetkov's 30 saves in relief of Raanta, Carolina gained 2–0 series lead by defeating Boston 5–2.[22] In Game 3, Brad Marchand scored a goal and provided two assists in the Bruins' 4–2 victory.[23] In Game 4, Marchand scored or provided an assist on every Bruins goal in Boston's 5–2 victory, tying the series 2–2.[24] In Game 5, Seth Jarvis scored twice and Teuvo Teravainen assisted thrice in the Hurricanes 5–1 victory, taking a 3–2 series lead in the process.[25] In Game 6, Charlie Coyle and Marchand each scored a goal and provided an assist in the Bruins' 5–2 victory tying the series 3–3.[26] Max Domi scored twice and added an assist in Game 7, granting Carolina a 3–2 victory and an advancement to the Second Round.[27]


May 2 Boston Bruins 1–5 Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 16:28 – Seth Jarvis (1)
18:38 – Nino Niederreiter (1)
Taylor Hall (1) – 02:53 Third period 07:02 – Teuvo Teravainen (1)
16:59 – Vincent Trocheck (1)
17:59 – enAndrei Svechnikov (1)
Linus Ullmark 20 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Antti Raanta 35 saves / 36 shots
May 4 Boston Bruins 2–5 Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 13:03 – Jesper Fast (1)
15:30 – Sebastian Aho (1)
Patrice Bergeron (1) – pp – 14:57 Second period 01:10 – pp – Sebastian Aho (2)
18:52 – ppNino Niederreiter (2)
Patrice Bergeron (2) – 12:21 Third period 19:19 – en – Nino Niederreiter (3)
Linus Ullmark 29 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Antti Raanta 6 saves / 6 shots
Pyotr Kochetkov 30 saves / 32 shots
May 6 Carolina Hurricanes 2–4 Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap  
Vincent Trocheck (2) – 09:17 First period 17:16 – shCharlie Coyle (1)
No scoring Second period 05:41 – Brad Marchand (1)
14:53 – ppDavid Pastrnak (1)
Jaccob Slavin (1) – 11:30 Third period 04:08 – ppTaylor Hall (2)
Pyotr Kochetkov 24 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Jeremy Swayman 25 saves / 27 shots
May 8 Carolina Hurricanes 2–5 Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap  
Brett Pesce (1) – 14:06 First period 16:09 – Patrice Bergeron (3)
Jordan Staal (1) – 00:33 Second period 18:44 – ppJake DeBrusk (1)
No scoring Third period 00:43 – ppBrad Marchand (2)
05:41 – David Pastrnak (2)
19:25 – en – Brad Marchand (3)
Antti Raanta 23 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Jeremy Swayman 24 saves / 26 shots
May 10 Boston Bruins 1–5 Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 06:11 – Jaccob Slavin (2)
12:17 – ppTony DeAngelo (1)
No scoring Second period 15:52 – Seth Jarvis (2)
Connor Clifton (1) – 10:09 Third period 03:31 – pp – Seth Jarvis (3)
16:20 – enVincent Trocheck (3)
Jeremy Swayman 33 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Antti Raanta 33 saves / 34 shots
May 12 Carolina Hurricanes 2–5 Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 00:46 – Brad Marchand (4)
18:04 – ppCharlie Coyle (2)
Andrei Svechnikov (2) – 03:24
Andrei Svechnikov (3) – pp – 17:30
Third period 07:08 – Erik Haula (1)
10:43 – Derek Forbort (1)
15:43 – enCurtis Lazar (1)
Antti Raanta 29 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Jeremy Swayman 23 saves / 25 shots
May 14 Boston Bruins 2–3 Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 18:36 – Teuvo Teravainen (2)
Jake DeBrusk (2) – 05:04 Second period 03:14 – Max Domi (1)
10:33 – Max Domi (2)
David Pastrnak (3) – 19:38 Third period No scoring
Jeremy Swayman 28 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Antti Raanta 27 saves / 29 shots
Carolina won series 4–3


(M2) New York Rangers vs. (M3) Pittsburgh Penguins

The New York Rangers finished second in the Metropolitan Division with 110 points. The Pittsburgh Penguins earned 103 points to finish third in the Metropolitan Division. This was the eighth playoff meeting between these two teams with Pittsburgh winning five of the seven previous series. They last met in the 2016 Eastern Conference First Round, which Pittsburgh won in five games. New York won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Rangers came back from a 3–1 series deficit to defeat the Penguins in seven games. In Game 1, although Igor Shesterkin made 79 saves for the Rangers, Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin scored for Pittsburgh at 5:58 of triple overtime to win 4–3.[28] In Game 2, Artemi Panarin and Frank Vatrano both scored a goal and provided two assists in the Rangers' 5–2 victory.[29] In Game 3, although the Rangers tied the game after being down 4–1, Penguins forward Danton Heinen's goal proved to be the game-winning goal at 11:02 of the third period giving Pittsburgh a 7–4 victory.[30] The Penguins scored five times in the second period of Game 4, chasing goalie Shesterkin in a 7–2 route. [31] In Game 5, the Rangers successfully came back from a two-goal deficit to win 5–3, forcing a sixth game.[32] Chris Kreider gave the Rangers a lead late in the third period of Game 6, giving his team a 5–3 victory and tying the series 3–3.[33] In Game 7 and the subsequent overtime, Panarin scored for New York sending the Rangers to the Second Round with a 4–3 victory.[34] This marked the first time the Penguins lost a Game 7 on the road in franchise history after winning the previous six instances. The Rangers equalled both the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks for most comebacks from a 3–1 series deficit with three. The Rangers also became the first team in Stanley Cup playoff history to record three consecutive comeback wins in elimination games within the same series.[35]


May 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–3 3OT New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 09:19 – pp – Adam Fox (1)
Jake Guentzel (1) – 04:32
Jake Guentzel (2) – 11:47
Bryan Rust (1) – pp – 18:30
Second period 03:08 – Andrew Copp (1)
17:07 – shChris Kreider (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Evgeni Malkin (1) – 05:58 Third overtime period No scoring
Casey DeSmith 48 saves / 51 shots
Louis Domingue 17 saves / 17 shots
Goalie stats Igor Shesterkin 79 saves / 83 shots
May 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–5 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Jake Guentzel (3) – 08:52 First period 06:50 – Andrew Copp (2)
Sidney Crosby (1) – 18:34 Second period 02:59 – ppRyan Strome (1)
12:06 – Chris Kreider (2)
No scoring Third period 08:02 – Artemi Panarin (1)
09:49 – Frank Vatrano (1)
Louis Domingue 35 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Igor Shesterkin 39 saves / 41 shots
May 7 New York Rangers 4–7 Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap  
Kaapo Kakko (1) – 05:08 First period 01:57 – Brock McGinn (1)
08:18 – ppJeff Carter (1)
10:31 – ppEvan Rodrigues (1)
15:15 – Evan Rodrigues (2)
Frank Vatrano (2) – 06:51
Artemi Panarin (2) – 07:58
Andrew Copp (3) – sh – 15:59
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 11:02 – Danton Heinen (1)
17:46 – enJake Guentzel (4)
18:53 – en – Jeff Carter (2)
Igor Shesterkin 11 saves / 15 shots
Alexandar Georgiev 19 saves / 20 shots
Goalie stats Louis Domingue 32 saves / 36 shots
May 9 New York Rangers 2–7 Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap  
Alexis Lafreniere (1) – 02:06 First period 11:17 – ppSidney Crosby (2)
Adam Fox (2) – 14:04 Second period 03:14 – Mike Matheson (1)
03:38 – Jake Guentzel (5)
11:22 – Mark Friedman (1)
18:53 – Danton Heinen (2)
19:28 – Jeff Carter (3)
No scoring Third period 12:22 – Evgeni Malkin (2)
Igor Shesterkin 24 saves / 30 shots
Alexandar Georgiev 10 saves / 11 shots
Goalie stats Louis Domingue 22 saves / 24 shots
May 11 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–5 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Jake Guentzel (6) – 10:28 First period No scoring
Kris Letang (1) – 07:58
Jake Guentzel (7) – 18:06
Second period 15:11 – Adam Fox (3)
16:41 – Alexis Lafreniere (2)
17:53 – Jacob Trouba (1)
No scoring Third period 02:53 – ppFilip Chytil (1)
19:44 – enRyan Lindgren (1)
Louis Domingue 29 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Igor Shesterkin 29 saves / 32 shots
May 13 New York Rangers 5–3 Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 14:12 – Jeff Carter (4)
15:48 – Bryan Rust (2)
Mika Zibanejad (1) – pp – 05:05
Mika Zibanejad (2) – 06:21
Chris Kreider (3) – pp – 13:48
Second period 16:36 – Evgeni Malkin (3)
Chris Kreider (4) – 18:32
Andrew Copp (4) – en – 19:33
Third period No scoring
Igor Shesterkin 31 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Louis Domingue 33 saves / 37 shots
May 15 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–4 OT New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Danton Heinen (3) – pp – 18:51 First period 07:36 – Chris Kreider (5)
Jake Guentzel (8) – pp – 10:18
Evan Rodrigues (3) – sh – 17:24
Second period 11:23 – K'Andre Miller (1)
No scoring Third period 14:15 – Mika Zibanejad (3)
No scoring First overtime period 04:46 – ppArtemi Panarin (3)
Tristan Jarry 26 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Igor Shesterkin 39 saves / 42 shots
New York won series 4–3


Western Conference First Round

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

The Colorado Avalanche finished first in the Central Division and Western Conference earning 119 points. The Nashville Predators earned 97 points to finish as the Western Conference's second wild card. This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams. Their only previous meeting was in the 2018 Western Conference First Round, which Nashville won in six games. Nashville won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Avalanche defeated the Predators in a four-game sweep. Colorado scored five times in the first period of Game 1, forcing Nashville to switch goalies in a 7–2 affair.[36] In Game 2, the Avalanche shot 51 times at Predators' goalie Connor Ingram and at 8:31 of overtime, Cale Makar scored to give Colorado a 2–1 victory.[37] Gabriel Landeskog scored and assisted twice in Game 3, helping the Avalanche obtain both a 7–3 victory and 3–0 series lead.[38] In Game 4, Andre Burakovsky's goal and two assists helped lift the Avalanche to a 5–3 victory, advancing to the Second Round.[39]


May 3 Nashville Predators 2–7 Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 02:20 – ppNathan MacKinnon (1)
02:42 – Devon Toews (1)
08:30 – shAndrew Cogliano (1)
12:15 – Cale Makar (1)
15:04 – Artturi Lehkonen (1)
Matt Duchene (1) – pp – 18:40 Second period 14:44 – ppGabriel Landeskog (1)
Matt Duchene (2) – 12:26 Third period 06:03 – Nathan MacKinnon (2)
David Rittich 8 saves / 13 shots
Connor Ingram 30 saves / 32 shots
Goalie stats Darcy Kuemper 23 saves / 25 shots
May 5 Nashville Predators 1–2 OT Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap  
Yakov Trenin (1) – 15:19 First period 05:25 – Nathan MacKinnon (3)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 08:31 – Cale Makar (2)
Connor Ingram 49 saves / 51 shots Goalie stats Darcy Kuemper 25 saves / 26 shots
May 7 Colorado Avalanche 7–3 Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap  
Artturi Lehkonen (2) – pp – 10:45
Nathan MacKinnon (4) – pp – 16:08
First period 17:37 – Matt Duchene (3)
Gabriel Landeskog (2) – pp – 10:58
Gabriel Landeskog (3) – 14:02
Nazem Kadri (1) – pp – 14:41
Second period 05:41 – ppEeli Tolvanen (1)
12:54 – ppRoman Josi (1)
Devon Toews (2) – 09:33
Valeri Nichushkin (1) – en – 17:14
Third period No scoring
Darcy Kuemper 9 saves / 10 shots
Pavel Francouz 18 saves / 20 shots
Goalie stats Connor Ingram 35 saves / 41 shots
May 9 Colorado Avalanche 5–3 Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena Recap  
Andre Burakovsky (1) – 01:56 First period 18:59 – Yakov Trenin (2)
Cale Makar (3) – 13:33 Second period 16:49 – Yakov Trenin (3)
Devon Toews (3) – 08:55
Valeri Nichushkin (2) – 12:02
Nathan MacKinnon (5) – pp-en – 19:04
Third period 03:58 – Filip Forsberg (1)
Pavel Francouz 28 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Connor Ingram 33 saves / 37 shots
Colorado won series 4–0


(C2) Minnesota Wild vs. (C3) St. Louis Blues

The Minnesota Wild finished second in the Central Division earning 113 points. The St. Louis Blues earned 109 points to finish third in the Central Division. This was the third playoff meeting between these teams with the teams splitting the two previous series. They last met in the 2017 Western Conference First Round, which St. Louis won in five games. St. Louis won all three games in this year's regular season series.

The Blues defeated the Wild in six games. In Game 1, Ville Husso made 37 saves for the Blues and David Perron scored a hat trick in St. Louis' 4–0 victory.[40] The Wild returned with a hat trick of their own in Game 2 when Kirill Kaprizov scored Minnesota's first playoff hat trick in a 6–2 victory.[41] Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for the Wild in Game 3, backstopping Minnesota into a 5–1 victory.[42] Blues captain Ryan O'Reilly scored a goal and two assists in Game 4, leading St. Louis to a 5–2 victory.[43] Vladimir Tarasenko scored a hat trick in Game 5 spearheading his team to another 5–2 victory and a 3–2 series lead.[44] In Game 6, Jordan Binnington made 25 saves for the Blues, defeating the Wild 5–1 and advancing to the Second Round.[45]


May 2 St. Louis Blues 4–0 Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
David Perron (1) – pp – 06:15
Ryan O'Reilly (1) – 15:56
First period No scoring
David Perron (2) – pp – 16:30 Second period No scoring
David Perron (3) – 12:34 Third period No scoring
Ville Husso 37 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 27 saves / 31 shots
May 4 St. Louis Blues 2–6 Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
No scoring First period 09:33 – Joel Eriksson Ek (1)
13:04 – ppFrederick Gaudreau (1)
19:06 – ppKirill Kaprizov (1)
Jordan Kyrou (1) – pp – 12:34 Second period 00:51 – Joel Eriksson Ek (2)
Vladimir Tarasenko (1) – 04:14 Third period 11:47 – Kirill Kaprizov (2)
12:52 – en – Kirill Kaprizov (3)
Ville Husso 22 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 32 saves / 34 shots
May 6 Minnesota Wild 5–1 St. Louis Blues Enterprise Center Recap  
Jordan Greenway (1) – 00:39
Kirill Kaprizov (4) – 02:18
First period No scoring
Mats Zuccarello (1) – 07:44 Second period No scoring
Joel Eriksson Ek (3) – 00:22
Jonas Brodin (1) – en – 12:31
Third period 02:17 – ppRyan O'Reilly (2)
Marc-Andre Fleury 29 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Ville Husso 28 saves / 32 shots
May 8 Minnesota Wild 2–5 St. Louis Blues Enterprise Center Recap  
Kirill Kaprizov (5) – 14:06 First period 04:19 – Jordan Kyrou (2)
No scoring Second period 10:30 – David Perron (4)
11:24 – Jordan Kyrou (3)
Matthew Boldy (1) – 02:39 Third period 18:02 – en – David Perron (5)
19:00 – ppRyan O'Reilly (3)
Marc-Andre Fleury 29 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Jordan Binnington 28 saves / 30 shots
May 10 St. Louis Blues 5–2 Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
Ryan O'Reilly (4) – pp – 04:53 First period 13:15 – ppKirill Kaprizov (6)
17:07 – pp – Kirill Kaprizov (7)
Brandon Saad (1) – 15:28 Second period No scoring
Vladimir Tarasenko (2) – 01:03
Vladimir Tarasenko (3) – 02:31
Vladimir Tarasenko (4) – en – 18:27
Third period No scoring
Jordan Binnington 30 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 27 saves / 31 shots
May 12 Minnesota Wild 1–5 St. Louis Blues Enterprise Center Recap  
No scoring First period 14:59 – Nick Leddy (1)
No scoring Second period 09:26 – ppRyan O'Reilly (5)
13:25 – Tyler Bozak (1)
18:36 – ppVladimir Tarasenko (5)
Matt Dumba (1) – 06:25 Third period 18:19 – enColton Parayko (1)
Cam Talbot 22 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Jordan Binnington 25 saves / 26 shots
St. Louis won series 4–2


(P1) Calgary Flames vs. (WC1) Dallas Stars

The Calgary Flames finished first in the Pacific Division earning 111 points. The Dallas Stars finished as the Western Conference's first wild card earning 98 points. This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams with Dallas winning both previous series. They last met in the 2020 Western Conference First Round, which Dallas won in six games. Calgary won two of the three games in this year's regular season series.

The Flames defeated the Stars in seven games. In Game 1, Calgary's defence limited the Stars' offence to 16 shots as goalie Jacob Markstrom claimed a 1–0 victory.[46] The Stars responded with their own shutout victory in Game 2, scoring twice in a 2–0 affair with Jake Oettinger making 29 saves in the process.[47] Joe Pavelski lead the Stars with two goals in Game 3, giving Dallas a 4–2 victory and a 2–1 series lead.[48] The Flames put 54 shots on the Stars goaltender, and with four shots turning into goals, Calgary won Game 4, 4–1.[49] In Game 5, Mikael Backlund and Andrew Mangiapane each scored a goal and provided an assist in Calgary's 3–1 comeback victory.[50] In Game 6, Oettinger made 36 saves for the Stars leading his team to a 4–2 victory and forcing a seventh game.[51] The Flames put on 67 shots in Game 7, but with two finding the back of the net on both sides, the game went into overtime. In the extra period, Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau scored to give the Flames a 3–2 victory and a Second Round advancement.[52] In the loss, Oettinger became the second goalie since 1955 to post 60 or more saves in a seventh game.[52]


May 3 Dallas Stars 0–1 Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period 05:01 – ppElias Lindholm (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Jake Oettinger 25 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Jacob Markstrom 16 saves / 16 shots
May 5 Dallas Stars 2–0 Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome Recap  
Joe Pavelski (1) – 07:47 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Michael Raffl (1) – en – 18:51 Third period No scoring
Jake Oettinger 29 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Jacob Markstrom 21 saves / 22 shots
May 7 Calgary Flames 2–4 Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Recap  
Trevor Lewis (1) – 13:45 First period 08:21 – Radek Faksa (1)
Elias Lindholm (2) – 03:40 Second period 11:41 – Joe Pavelski (2)
No scoring Third period 10:05 – pp – Joe Pavelski (3)
19:59 – enRoope Hintz (1)
Jacob Markstrom 28 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Jake Oettinger 39 saves / 41 shots
May 9 Calgary Flames 4–1 Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Rasmus Andersson (1) – pp – 10:03 Second period No scoring
Johnny Gaudreau (1) – ps – 07:47
Elias Lindholm (3) – 11:53
Mikael Backlund (1) – en – 19:38
Third period 15:03 – ppTyler Seguin (1)
Jacob Markstrom 34 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Jake Oettinger 50 saves / 53 shots
May 11 Dallas Stars 1–3 Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Jason Robertson (1) – 13:21 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 06:49 – Mikael Backlund (2)
10:38 – Andrew Mangiapane (1)
19:02 – enTrevor Lewis (2)
Jake Oettinger 29 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Jacob Markstrom 20 saves / 21 shots
May 13 Calgary Flames 2–4 Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Recap  
No scoring First period 14:52 – Roope Hintz (2)
Michael Stone (1) – 08:09
Mikael Backlund (3) – 11:59
Second period 06:04 – Michael Raffl (2)
17:32 – Miro Heiskanen (1)
No scoring Third period 19:18 – enTyler Seguin (2)
Jacob Markstrom 36 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Jake Oettinger 36 saves / 38 shots
May 15 Dallas Stars 2–3 OT Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome Recap  
Jamie Benn (1) – 00:40 First period No scoring
Vladislav Namestnikov (1) – 02:17 Second period 01:46 – Tyler Toffoli (1)
08:44 – Matthew Tkachuk (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 15:09 – Johnny Gaudreau (2)
Jake Oettinger 64 saves / 67 shots Goalie stats Jacob Markstrom 26 saves / 28 shots
Calgary won series 4–3


(P2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (P3) Los Angeles Kings

The Edmonton Oilers finished second in the Pacific Division with 104 points. The Los Angeles Kings earned 99 points to finish third in the Pacific Division. This was the eighth playoff meeting between these two teams with Edmonton winning five of the seven previous series. They last met in the 1992 Smythe Division Semifinals, which Edmonton won in six games. Edmonton won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Oilers defeated the Kings in seven games. In Game 1, Phillip Danault's goal with 5:14 left in the third period proved to be the game-winning goal for the Kings who edged the Oilers 4–3.[53] Mike Smith stopped all 30 shots in Game 2, ending his ten-game playoff losing streak with a 6–0 shutout victory.[54] The Oilers dominated Game 3, forcing Los Angeles to switch goalies and giving Evander Kane a hat trick in the process of an 8–2 rout.[55] Jonathan Quick claimed a 31-save shutout in Game 4, backstopping the Kings to a 4–0 victory. In the process, he became the leading United States-born goalie in playoff shutouts with 10.[56] In Game 5, the Oilers came back from a two-goal deficit to tie the match, however, Kings forward Adrian Kempe's overtime goal, his second score of the affair, gave Los Angeles the 5–4 victory and a 3–2 series lead.[57] In Game 6, Connor McDavid scored a goal and provided two assists in the Oilers' 4–2 victory, forcing a seventh game in Edmonton.[58] In Game 7, McDavid scored and assisted in a 2–0 victory as they advanced to the Second Round.[59]


May 2 Los Angeles Kings 4–3 Edmonton Oilers Rogers Place Recap  
Trevor Moore (1) – 11:00
Alex Iafallo (1) – 16:48
First period 19:17 – Connor McDavid (1)
Brendan Lemieux (1) – 03:50 Second period 02:39 – ppKailer Yamamoto (1)
09:56 – ppLeon Draisaitl (1)
Phillip Danault (1) – 14:46 Third period No scoring
Jonathan Quick 36 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Mike Smith 31 saves / 35 shots
May 4 Los Angeles Kings 0–6 Edmonton Oilers Rogers Place Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 01:22 – ppLeon Draisaitl (2)
06:03 – shDarnell Nurse (1)
16:05 – Ryan McLeod (1)
No scoring Third period 03:02 – Evander Kane (1)
03:23 – Jesse Puljujarvi (1)
11:55 – pp – Evander Kane (2)
Jonathan Quick 30 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Mike Smith 30 saves / 30 shots
May 6 Edmonton Oilers 8–2 Los Angeles Kings Crypto.com Arena Recap  
Leon Draisaitl (3) – 03:50
Zach Hyman (1) – pp – 06:07
First period No scoring
Evander Kane (3) – 06:27
Zach Hyman (2) – 07:42
Evander Kane (4) – 09:51
Second period 10:07 – Anze Kopitar (1)
17:29 – ppPhillip Danault (2)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1) – 14:19
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2) – 15:40
Evander Kane (5) – 19:40
Third period No scoring
Mike Smith 44 saves / 46 shots Goalie stats Jonathan Quick 13 saves / 17 shots
Cal Petersen 16 saves / 20 shots
May 8 Edmonton Oilers 0–4 Los Angeles Kings Crypto.com Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 08:03 – Trevor Moore (2)
14:03 – Troy Stecher (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 15:06 – Carl Grundstrom (1)
18:29 – en – Carl Grundstrom (2)
Mike Smith 42 saves / 45 shots Goalie stats Jonathan Quick 31 saves / 31 shots
May 10 Los Angeles Kings 5–4 OT Edmonton Oilers Rogers Place Recap  
Troy Stecher (2) – 03:53 First period No scoring
Adrian Kempe (1) – 09:29
Andreas Athanasiou (1) – 13:34
Second period 02:32 – Zack Kassian (1)
Phillip Danault (3) – pp – 11:06 Third period 02:50 – ppConnor McDavid (2)
12:33 – shLeon Draisaitl (4)
15:08 – pp – Leon Draisaitl (5)
Adrian Kempe (2) – 01:12 First overtime period No scoring
Jonathan Quick 24 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Mike Smith 38 saves / 43 shots
May 12 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 Los Angeles Kings Crypto.com Arena Recap  
Connor McDavid (3) – 01:40 First period No scoring
Evander Kane (6) – 01:50 Second period 13:59 – ppSean Durzi (1)
Tyson Barrie (1) – 14:50
Evander Kane (7) – en – 19:00
Third period 00:29 – Carl Grundstrom (3)
Mike Smith 30 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Jonathan Quick 33 saves / 36 shots
May 14 Los Angeles Kings 0–2 Edmonton Oilers Rogers Place Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 13:15 – Cody Ceci (1)
No scoring Third period 16:07 – Connor McDavid (4)
Jonathan Quick 39 saves / 41 shots Goalie stats Mike Smith 29 saves / 29 shots
Edmonton won series 4–3


Second Round

Eastern Conference Second Round

(A1) Florida Panthers vs. (A3) Tampa Bay Lightning

This was the second consecutive and the second overall playoff meeting between these two rivals. Tampa Bay won the previous year's Stanley Cup First Round series in six games. These teams split their four-game regular season series.

The Lightning defeated the Panthers in a four-game sweep. In Game 1, Corey Perry and Nikita Kucherov both scored a goal and assisted in Tampa Bay's 4–1 victory.[60] Ross Colton's goal with 3.8 seconds left in Game 2 provided Tampa Bay with a 2–1 victory and a 2–0 series lead.[61] Kucherov scored a goal and assisted three times in the Lightning's 5–1 victory of Game 3, who took a 3–0 series lead in the process.[62] In Game 4, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 49 saves in a 2–0 shutout, advancing the Lightning to the Conference Final for the third consecutive season.[63] With their victory, they became the first team since the 1980–1984 New York Islanders dynasty to win ten consecutive playoff series and they equalled the 1956–1960 Montreal Canadiens in consecutive series victories.[63]


May 17 Tampa Bay Lightning 4–1 Florida Panthers FLA Live Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 14:01 – Anthony Duclair (1)
Corey Perry (3) – pp – 16:22 Second period No scoring
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (2) – 03:35
Nikita Kucherov (3) – pp – 15:54
Ross Colton (4) – pp – 17:44
Third period No scoring
Andrei Vasilevskiy 33 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Sergei Bobrovsky 32 saves / 36 shots
May 19 Tampa Bay Lightning 2–1 Florida Panthers FLA Live Arena Recap  
Corey Perry (4) – pp – 12:06 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 18:07 – Eetu Luostarinen (1)
Ross Colton (5) – 19:56 Third period No scoring
Andrei Vasilevskiy 35 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Sergei Bobrovsky 26 saves / 28 shots
May 22 Florida Panthers 1–5 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
Sam Reinhart (3) – pp – 16:07 First period 13:21 – Corey Perry (5)
No scoring Second period 02:54 – Erik Cernak (1)
10:23 – Steven Stamkos (3)
No scoring Third period 16:06 – enNikita Kucherov (4)
17:51 – en – Steven Stamkos (4)
Sergei Bobrovsky 31 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 34 saves / 35 shots
May 23 Florida Panthers 0–2 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 06:16 – Patrick Maroon (2)
19:37 – enOndrej Palat (4)
Sergei Bobrovsky 24 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 49 saves / 49 shots
Tampa Bay won series 4–0


(M1) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (M2) New York Rangers

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams. Their only previous meeting was in the 2020 Eastern Conference Qualifying Round, which Carolina won in a three-game sweep. Carolina won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes in seven games. After Sebastian Aho tied the game late for Carolina in Game 1, Ian Cole scored in overtime to give the Hurricanes a 2–1 victory.[64] In Game 2, Aho scored a goal and provided an assist in Antti Raanta's 21 save shutout for the Hurricanes' 2–0 victory.[65] The Rangers rebounded in Game 3; aided by Igor Shesterkin's 43 saves, New York defeated Carolina 3–1.[66] In Game 4, Andrew Copp notched a goal and two assists in the Rangers 4–1 victory, evening the series 2–2.[67] The Hurricanes shot 34 times at Shesterkin in Game 5, banking in three goals for a 3–1 victory and a 3–2 series lead.[68] In Game 6, Shesterkin made 37 saves and Filip Chytil scored twice for the Rangers who defeated Carolina 5–2 to force a seventh game.[69] New York shut the door on Carolina in Game 7, outscoring the Hurricanes 6–2 to advance to the Conference Final for the first time since 2015.[70]


May 18 New York Rangers 1–2 OT Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena Recap  
Filip Chytil (2) – 07:07 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 17:37 – Sebastian Aho (3)
No scoring First overtime period 03:12 – Ian Cole (1)
Igor Shesterkin 24 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Antti Raanta 27 saves / 28 shots
May 20 New York Rangers 0–2 Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 15:54 – sh – Brendan Smith (1)
No scoring Third period 19:58 – enSebastian Aho (4)
Igor Shesterkin 20 saves / 21 shots Goalie stats Antti Raanta 21 saves / 21 shots
May 22 Carolina Hurricanes 1–3 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 11:54 – ppMika Zibanejad (4)
Nino Niederreiter (4) – 08:18 Second period 05:55 – Chris Kreider (6)
No scoring Third period 18:37 – enTyler Motte (1)
Antti Raanta 30 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Igor Shesterkin 43 saves / 44 shots
May 24 Carolina Hurricanes 1–4 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 13:31 – ppFrank Vatrano (3)
15:42 – Adam Fox (4)
No scoring Second period 16:48 – Mika Zibanejad (5)
Teuvo Teravainen (3) – 06:33 Third period 11:10 – Andrew Copp (5)
Antti Raanta 24 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Igor Shesterkin 30 saves / 31 shots
May 26 New York Rangers 1–3 Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena Recap  
Mika Zibanejad (6) – pp – 17:06 First period 12:57 – shVincent Trocheck (4)
No scoring Second period 09:47 – ppTeuvo Teravainen (4)
No scoring Third period 13:01 – Andrei Svechnikov (4)
Igor Shesterkin 31 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Antti Raanta 16 saves / 17 shots
May 28 Carolina Hurricanes 2–5 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 07:22 – Tyler Motte (2)
09:51 – ppMika Zibanejad (7)
Brady Skjei (1) – 05:05
Vincent Trocheck (5) – 12:47
Second period 03:24 – Filip Chytil (3)
06:47 – Filip Chytil (4)
No scoring Third period 07:43 – ppArtemi Panarin (4)
Antti Raanta 10 saves / 13 shots
Pyotr Kochetkov 10 saves / 12 shots
Goalie stats Igor Shesterkin 37 saves / 39 shots
May 30 New York Rangers 6–2 Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena Recap  
Adam Fox (5) – pp – 03:40
Chris Kreider (7) – pp – 08:00
First period No scoring
Ryan Strome (2) – 16:19 Second period No scoring
Chris Kreider (8) – 03:59
Filip Chytil (5) – 08:51
Andrew Copp (6) – en – 17:08
Third period 08:11 – ppVincent Trocheck (6)
16:13 – Max Domi (3)
Igor Shesterkin 37 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Antti Raanta 16 saves / 18 shots
Pyotr Kochetkov 9 saves / 12 shots
New York won series 4–3


Western Conference Second Round

(C1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (C3) St. Louis Blues

This was the second consecutive playoff meeting and the third overall between these two teams with Colorado winning both previous series. Colorado won the previous year's Stanley Cup First Round series in a four-game sweep. Colorado won two of the three games in this year's regular season series.

The Avalanche defeated the Blues in six games. In Game 1, the Avalanche poured 51 shots at Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, however, the final shot in overtime by defenceman Josh Manson gave Colorado a 3–2 victory.[71] David Perron scored twice in Game 2 and with Binnington stopping 30 shots, St. Louis won 4–1.[72] Artturi Lehkonen scored twice for the Avalanche in Game 3, downing the Blues 5–2 for a 2–1 series lead.[73] In Game 4, Nazem Kadri scored a hat trick and provided an assist in the Avalanche's 6–3 victory.[74] Game 5 featured a wild scoring affair as the Avalanche had gained a three-goal lead and lost it, but banking off Nathan MacKinnon's hat trick goal with 2:46 remaining in the third period, Colorado retrieved a one-goal lead. St. Louis managed to tie the game again, and in the subsequent overtime period, Tyler Bozak scored to give the Blues a 5–4 victory.[75] In Game 6, Darren Helm's goal with 5.6 seconds remaining proved to be the series-winning goal for Colorado, who advanced to the Conference Final for the first time since 2002.[76]


May 17 St. Louis Blues 2–3 OT Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap  
Ryan O'Reilly (6) – 06:25 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 03:14 – Valeri Nichushkin (3)
11:32 – Sam Girard (1)
Jordan Kyrou (4) – pp – 16:46 Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 08:02 – Josh Manson (1)
Jordan Binnington 51 saves / 54 shots Goalie stats Darcy Kuemper 23 saves / 25 shots
May 19 St. Louis Blues 4–1 Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Jordan Kyrou (5) – 05:45
David Perron (6) – pp – 19:26
Second period No scoring
David Perron (7) – 10:31
Brandon Saad (2) – en – 18:10
Third period 01:49 – ppGabriel Landeskog (4)
Jordan Binnington 30 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Darcy Kuemper 28 saves / 31 shots
May 21 Colorado Avalanche 5–2 St. Louis Blues Enterprise Center Recap  
Logan O'Connor (1) – 10:57 First period 03:55 – Colton Parayko (2)
Nazem Kadri (2) – 13:38
Artturi Lehkonen (3) – 17:15
Second period 19:30 – Ryan O'Reilly (7)
Gabriel Landeskog (5) – 17:52
Artturi Lehkonen (4) – en – 19:02
Third period No scoring
Darcy Kuemper 29 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Jordan Binnington 3 saves / 3 shots
Ville Husso 19 saves / 23 shots
May 23 Colorado Avalanche 6–3 St. Louis Blues Enterprise Center Recap  
No scoring First period 05:07 – David Perron (8)
Erik Johnson (1) – 02:44
Nazem Kadri (3) – 04:07
Devon Toews (4) – 04:26
Nazem Kadri (4) – 07:37
Second period 17:02 – pp – David Perron (9)
19:27 – ppPavel Buchnevich (1)
Nazem Kadri (5) – 09:38
Mikko Rantanen (1) – en – 19:58
Third period No scoring
Darcy Kuemper 17 saves / 20 shots Goalie stats Ville Husso 31 saves / 36 shots
May 25 St. Louis Blues 5–4 OT Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 03:51 – Nathan MacKinnon (6)
18:23 – pp – Nathan MacKinnon (7)
Vladimir Tarasenko (6) – 14:42 Second period 04:02 – Gabriel Landeskog (6)
Robert Thomas (1) – 09:57
Jordan Kyrou (6) – 15:14
Robert Thomas (2) – 19:04
Third period 17:14 – Nathan MacKinnon (8)
Tyler Bozak (2) – 03:38 First overtime period No scoring
Ville Husso 30 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Darcy Kuemper 25 saves / 30 shots
May 27 Colorado Avalanche 3–2 St. Louis Blues Enterprise Center Recap  
No scoring First period 19:00 – Justin Faulk (1)
J. T. Compher (1) – 05:19 Second period 09:34 – Jordan Kyrou (7)
J. T. Compher (2) – pp – 10:18
Darren Helm (1) – 19:54
Third period No scoring
Darcy Kuemper 18 saves / 20 shots Goalie stats Ville Husso 36 saves / 39 shots
Colorado won series 4–2


(P1) Calgary Flames vs. (P2) Edmonton Oilers

This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two rivals with Edmonton winning four of the five previous series. They last met in the 1991 Smythe Division Semifinals, which Edmonton won in seven games. These teams split their four-game regular season series.

The Oilers defeated the Flames in five games. Game 1 was an offensive outburst on both sides with a total of fifteen goals, the most in a playoff game within the Battle of Alberta. The Flames who reached a 6–2 lead had that advantage disappear as the Oilers tied the game, however, two of Matthew Tkachuk's hat trick goals sealed the victory for Calgary in a 9–6 affair.[77] The Oilers successively overcame a two-goal deficit in Game 2 with Leon Draisaitl providing a goal and two assists in a 5–3 victory.[78] The Oilers line of Evander Kane, Connor McDavid, and Draisaitl dominated the second period of Game 3 with Kane scoring a natural hat-trick, Draisaitl assisting four times, an NHL playoff record,[79] and McDavid assisting three times, leading to an eventual 4–1 victory.[80] In Game 4, the Flames tied the game after being down by three goals; however, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins's second goal broke the tie for Edmonton, scoring with 3:37 left in the game to lead the Oilers to a 5–3 victory and a 3–1 series lead.[81] Game 5 was mainly a back-and-forth affair, with exception to the two-goal comeback by the Oilers. During the second period, Calgary and Edmonton combined to score four goals in 1:11, setting an NHL record for the fastest four goals in a playoff game.[82] During the third period, Calgary had a late goal by Blake Coleman disallowed after video review determined that the puck was kicked into the net.[83] With the game tied at the end of the third period, both teams headed to overtime where McDavid scored to send Edmonton to the Conference Final for the first time since 2006.[82]


May 18 Edmonton Oilers 6–9 Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome Recap  
Connor McDavid (5) – 07:41 First period 00:26 – Elias Lindholm (4)
00:51 – Andrew Mangiapane (2)
06:05 – Brett Ritchie (1)
Evan Bouchard (1) – 07:10
Zach Hyman (3) – 09:38
Zach Hyman (4) – 14:06
Leon Draisaitl (6) – 19:21
Second period 00:45 – Blake Coleman (1)
06:10 – Blake Coleman (2)
08:24 – ppMatthew Tkachuk (2)
Kailer Yamamoto (2) – 01:28 Third period 02:57 – Rasmus Andersson (2)
08:55 – Matthew Tkachuk (3)
17:49 – en – Matthew Tkachuk (4)
Mike Smith 7 saves / 10 shots
Mikko Koskinen 32 saves / 37 shots
Goalie stats Jacob Markstrom 22 saves / 28 shots
May 20 Edmonton Oilers 5–3 Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome Recap  
Duncan Keith (1) – 13:38 First period 03:02 – Michael Stone (2)
06:02 – Brett Ritchie (2)
Connor McDavid (6) – 03:05
Evan Bouchard (2) – pp – 15:03
Second period 02:04 – ppTyler Toffoli (2)
Zach Hyman (5) – sh – 10:14
Leon Draisaitl (7) – 12:36
Third period No scoring
Mike Smith 37 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Jacob Markstrom 35 saves / 40 shots
May 22 Calgary Flames 1–4 Edmonton Oilers Rogers Place Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 00:52 – Zach Hyman (6)
06:58 – Evander Kane (8)
07:51 – Evander Kane (9)
12:58 – Evander Kane (10)
Oliver Kylington (1) – 15:09 Third period No scoring
Jacob Markstrom 30 saves / 34 shots
Daniel Vladar 7 saves / 7 shots
Goalie stats Mike Smith 32 saves / 33 shots
Mikko Koskinen 0 saves / 0 shots
May 24 Calgary Flames 3–5 Edmonton Oilers Rogers Place Recap  
No scoring First period 00:21 – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (3)
09:53 – ppZach Hyman (7)
18:54 – Evander Kane (11)
Elias Lindholm (5) – pp – 09:04
Mikael Backlund (4) – 09:40
Second period No scoring
Rasmus Andersson (3) – sh – 10:56 Third period 16:33 – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (4)
19:35 – pp-en – Evander Kane (12)
Jacob Markstrom 21 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Mike Smith 29 saves / 32 shots
May 26 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 OT Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period 10:13 – Andrew Mangiapane (3)
Darnell Nurse (2) – 07:40
Jesse Puljujarvi (2) – 09:56
Zach Hyman (8) – pp – 14:57
Evan Bouchard (3) – 16:08
Second period 05:41 – Mikael Backlund (5)
15:12 – Johnny Gaudreau (3)
15:28 – Calle Jarnkrok (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Connor McDavid (7) – 05:03 First overtime period No scoring
Mike Smith 32 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Jacob Markstrom 30 saves / 35 shots
Edmonton won series 4–1


Conference Finals

Eastern Conference Final

(M2) New York Rangers vs. (A3) Tampa Bay Lightning

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams. New York made their seventh Semifinals/Conference Final appearance since the league began using a 16-team or greater playoff format in 1980. They lost their most recent appearance in the 2015 Eastern Conference Final, also the most recent playoff meeting between these two teams, in seven games to Tampa Bay. This was Tampa Bay's eighth Semifinals/Conference Final since entering the league and their third consecutive Third Round appearance, the first team to accomplish this feat since the 2015 Chicago Blackhawks. They won the previous year's Semifinals against the New York Islanders in seven games. New York won all three games in this year's regular season series.

The Lightning defeated the Rangers in six games. Filip Chytil scored twice for the Rangers in Game 1, who defeated Tampa Bay 6–2.[84] In Game 2, Igor Shesterkin made 29 saves for the Rangers in a 3–2 affair which ended the Lightning's 18-game win streak after losing the prior game.[85] The Lightning recovered in Game 3, coming back from a 2–0 deficit, and with Ondrej Palat's goal with 42 seconds left in the game, Tampa Bay defeated New York 3–2.[86] In Game 4, Palat scored a goal and provided two assists in goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy's 34 save performance to defeat New York 4–1 and tie the series 2–2.[87] Palat continued his late-goal antics into Game 5, scoring with 1:50 left in the third period to lead the Lightning to a 3–1 victory and a 3–2 series lead.[88] In Game 6, the captain Steven Stamkos scored twice to give the Lightning a 2–1 victory and an advancement to the Stanley Cup Finals for the third consecutive season.[6]


June 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 2–6 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Steven Stamkos (5) – 07:18 First period 01:11 – Chris Kreider (9)
Ondrej Palat (5) – 08:32 Second period 07:50 – Frank Vatrano (4)
10:09 – Filip Chytil (6)
15:43 – Filip Chytil (7)
No scoring Third period 00:30 – Artemi Panarin (5)
06:06 – ppMika Zibanejad (8)
Andrei Vasilevskiy 28 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Igor Shesterkin 37 saves / 39 shots
June 3 Tampa Bay Lightning 2–3 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Nikita Kucherov (5) – pp – 02:41 First period 05:59 – K'Andre Miller (2)
17:32 – Kaapo Kakko (2)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Nick Paul (3) – 17:58 Third period 01:21 – Mika Zibanejad (9)
Andrei Vasilevskiy 25 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Igor Shesterkin 29 saves / 31 shots
June 5 New York Rangers 2–3 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Mika Zibanejad (10) – pp – 07:37
Chris Kreider (10) – pp – 09:44
Second period 10:50 – ppNikita Kucherov (6)
No scoring Third period 01:22 – ppSteven Stamkos (6)
19:18 – Ondrej Palat (6)
Igor Shesterkin 49 saves / 52 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 28 saves / 30 shots
June 7 New York Rangers 1–4 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 02:38 – Patrick Maroon (3)
No scoring Second period 13:07 – Nikita Kucherov (7)
Artemi Panarin (6) – pp – 16:27 Third period 04:56 – Steven Stamkos (7)
19:51 – enOndrej Palat (7)
Igor Shesterkin 27 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 34 saves / 35 shots
June 9 Tampa Bay Lightning 3–1 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Mikhail Sergachev (1) – 17:34 Second period 10:29 – Ryan Lindgren (2)
Ondrej Palat (8) – 18:10
Brandon Hagel (2) – en – 19:01
Third period No scoring
Andrei Vasilevskiy 24 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Igor Shesterkin 24 saves / 26 shots
June 11 New York Rangers 1–2 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 10:43 – Steven Stamkos (8)
Frank Vatrano (5) – pp – 13:07 Third period 13:28 – Steven Stamkos (9)
Igor Shesterkin 29 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 20 saves / 21 shots
Tampa Bay won series 4–2


Western Conference Final

(C1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (P2) Edmonton Oilers

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams with both teams splitting the two previous series. They last met in the 1998 Western Conference Quarterfinals, which Edmonton came back from a 3–1 series deficit to win in seven games. This was Colorado's ninth appearance in the Conference Final. They were defeated in seven games by the Detroit Red Wings in their most recent Conference Finals appearance in 2002. Edmonton made their tenth appearance in the Conference Finals. Their most recent appearance was in the 2006 Western Conference Final, which Edmonton won against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in five games. Colorado won two of the three games in this year's regular season series.

The Avalanche defeated the Oilers in a four-game sweep. In Game 1, the Avalanche held off a potential four-goal comeback with an empty net goal to win 8–6.[89] During the game, Cale Makar's goal appeared to be offside due to Valeri Nichushkin still needing to exit the offensive zone, however, the goal was deemed onside with Makar pushing the puck across the blue line and not in possession until Nichushkin became onside.[90] Pavel Francouz stopped all 24 shots he faced in Game 2 and with Nazem Kadri's three assists, Colorado won 4–0.[91] In Game 3, Nichushkin's two goals helped Colorado obtain a 4–2 victory and a 3–0 series lead.[92] In Game 4, the Avalanche came back from a two-goal deficit to take the lead, but the Oilers tied the game and it went to overtime. In overtime, Artturi Lehkonen scored to send Colorado to the Finals for the first time since 2001.[93]


May 31 Edmonton Oilers 6–8 Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap  
Evander Kane (13) – 05:04
Zach Hyman (9) – 19:37
First period 05:40 – J. T. Compher (3)
15:10 – Nathan MacKinnon (9)
19:46 – Cale Makar (4)
Ryan McLeod (2) – 02:59
Connor McDavid (8) – 16:51
Second period 00:32 – ppNazem Kadri (6)
04:38 – Mikko Rantanen (2)
06:20 – J. T. Compher (4)
16:20 – Andrew Cogliano (2)
Derek Ryan (1) – 03:28
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (5) – pp – 12:36
Third period 19:38 – enGabriel Landeskog (7)
Mike Smith 19 saves / 25 shots
Mikko Koskinen 20 saves / 21 shots
Goalie stats Darcy Kuemper 13 saves / 16 shots
Pavel Francouz 18 saves / 21 shots
June 2 Edmonton Oilers 0–4 Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 03:58 – Artturi Lehkonen (5)
04:13 – Josh Manson (2)
06:02 – Mikko Rantanen (3)
No scoring Third period 15:20 – ppNathan MacKinnon (10)
Mike Smith 36 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Pavel Francouz 24 saves / 24 shots
June 4 Colorado Avalanche 4–2 Edmonton Oilers Rogers Place Recap  
Valeri Nichushkin (4) – 16:12 First period 00:38 – Connor McDavid (9)
Valeri Nichushkin (5) – 04:37 Second period No scoring
J. T. Compher (5) – 12:42
Mikko Rantanen (4) – en – 19:30
Third period 07:34 – Ryan McLeod (3)
Pavel Francouz 27 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Mike Smith 39 saves / 42 shots
June 6 Colorado Avalanche 6–5 OT Edmonton Oilers Rogers Place Recap  
Cale Makar (5) – pp – 03:46 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 07:39 – Zach Hyman (10)
16:57 – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (6)
18:54 – ppConnor McDavid (10)
Devon Toews (5) – 00:31
Gabriel Landeskog (8) – 08:58
Nathan MacKinnon (11) – 13:30
Mikko Rantanen (5) – pp – 14:47
Third period 03:55 – Zach Hyman (11)
16:38 – Zack Kassian (2)
Artturi Lehkonen (6) – 01:19 First overtime period No scoring
Pavel Francouz 30 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Mike Smith 36 saves / 42 shots
Colorado won series 4–0


Stanley Cup Finals

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Colorado made their third Finals appearance. They last appeared in the Finals in 2001, which Colorado won against the New Jersey Devils in seven games. This was Tampa Bay's third consecutive Finals appearance and fifth overall, they were the first team to appear in three consecutive Finals since the 1985 Edmonton Oilers. They won the previous year's Finals against the Montreal Canadiens in five games. Colorado won both games in this year's regular season series.


June 15 Tampa Bay Lightning 3–4 OT Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap  
Nick Paul (4) 12:26 First period 07:47 – Gabriel Landeskog (9)
09:23 – Valeri Nichushkin (6)
17:31 – ppArtturi Lehkonen (7)
Ondrej Palat (9) – 12:51
Mikhail Sergachev (2) – 13:39
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 01:23 – Andre Burakovsky (2)
Andrei Vasilevskiy 34 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Darcy Kuemper 20 saves / 23 shots
June 18 Tampa Bay Lightning 0–7 Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 02:54 – ppValeri Nichushkin (7)
07:55 – Josh Manson (3)
13:52 – Andre Burakovsky (3)
No scoring Second period 04:51 – Valeri Nichushkin (8)
16:26 – Darren Helm (2)
No scoring Third period 02:04 – shCale Makar (6)
09:49 – pp – Cale Makar (7)
Andrei Vasilevskiy 23 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Darcy Kuemper 16 saves / 16 shots
June 20 Colorado Avalanche 2–6 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
Gabriel Landeskog (10) – pp – 08:19 First period 13:03 – Anthony Cirelli (2)
14:54 – Ondrej Palat (10)
Gabriel Landeskog (11) – pp – 04:43 Second period 01:26 – Nick Paul (5)
07:52 – Steven Stamkos (10)
11:15 – Patrick Maroon (4)
14:58 – ppCorey Perry (6)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Darcy Kuemper 17 saves / 22 shots
Pavel Francouz 10 saves / 11 shots
Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 37 saves / 39 shots
June 22 Colorado Avalanche 3–2 OT Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 00:36 – Anthony Cirelli (3)
Nathan MacKinnon (12) – pp – 05:17 Second period 10:42 – Victor Hedman (3)
Andrew Cogliano (3) – 02:53 Third period No scoring
Nazem Kadri (7) – 12:02 First overtime period No scoring
Darcy Kuemper 37 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 34 saves / 37 shots
June 24 Tampa Bay Lightning 3–2 Colorado Avalanche Ball Arena Recap  
Jan Rutta (1) – 15:23 First period No scoring
Nikita Kucherov (8) – pp – 08:10 Second period 05:07 – Valeri Nichushkin (9)
Ondrej Palat (11) – 13:38 Third period 02:31 – Cale Makar (8)
Andrei Vasilevskiy 35 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Darcy Kuemper 26 saves / 29 shots
June 26 Colorado Avalanche 2–1 Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 03:48 – Steven Stamkos (11)
Nathan MacKinnon (13) – 01:54
Artturi Lehkonen (8) – 12:28
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Darcy Kuemper 22 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Andrei Vasilevskiy 28 saves / 30 shots
Colorado won series 4–2


Player statistics

Skaters

These are the top ten skaters based on points, following the conclusion of the playoffs.[94]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers 16 10 23 33 +15 10
Leon Draisaitl Edmonton Oilers 16 7 25 32 +4 6
Cale Makar Colorado Avalanche 20 8 21 29 +7 10
Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightning 23 8 19 27 +7 14
Mikko Rantanen Colorado Avalanche 20 5 20 25 +3 4
Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche 20 13 11 24 +11 8
Mika Zibanejad New York Rangers 20 10 14 24 0 4
Adam Fox New York Rangers 20 5 18 23 0 2
Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche 20 11 11 22 +15 6
Ondrej Palat Tampa Bay Lightning 23 11 10 21 +10 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 played. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded.[95]

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
Jake Oettinger Dallas Stars 7 3 4 285 13 1.81 .954 1 429:49
Antti Raanta Carolina Hurricanes 13 6 5 322 25 2.26 .922 1 663:25
Andrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning 23 14 9 752 59 2.52 .922 1 1,402:42
Darcy Kuemper Colorado Avalanche 16 10 4 386 38 2.57 .902 1 886:53
Igor Shesterkin New York Rangers 20 10 9 719 51 2.59 .929 0 1,181:24
Mike Smith Edmonton Oilers 16 8 6 560 49 3.37 .913 2 872:15

Television and radio

In Canada, for the eighth postseason under Rogers Media's 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 NHL Live. For selected U.S.–U.S. series in the First Round, Sportsnet was simulcasting the U.S. feed instead of producing their own telecast.[96]

In the U.S., this marked the first Stanley Cup playoffs under the NHL's 7-year broadcast rights deals with ESPN and TNT; during the First Round, games aired across ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, and TNT. For the Second Round onward, the games aired on either ESPN or TNT (except one game in the Second Round which aired on ESPN2 due to the main networks airing of Sunday Night Baseball). Other ESPN and Turner channels (such as ESPNU, ESPNews, and TruTV) continued to be used in the event of overflow situations.[97] As before, each U.S. team's regional broadcaster televised local coverage of games during the First Round,[98][99] after which all other games are exclusive to the ESPN networks and TNT.[100][101]

In assigning broadcasters for each game, the NHL has also had to work around the 2022 NBA playoffs, which share ESPN and TNT as rightsholders, and started ahead of the Stanley Cup playoffs.[97] As per the new alternating rotation, ABC exclusively aired the Stanley Cup Finals.[100][101][102]

Unlike past seasons, there was no coverage of playoff games on U.S. broadcast television until the Stanley Cup Finals (previous rightsholders such as NBC had traditionally offered weekend games on broadcast television during the early rounds). Conversely, the Finals were carried in their entirety on broadcast television for the first time since 1980 (which was aired primarily by the Hughes Television Network, but with CBS acquiring the rights to the series-deciding Game 6 as a one-off CBS Sports Spectacular broadcast);[103][104] since then, the Finals were either partially or exclusively carried on cable. There were no live games on over-the-top streaming services until the third round, as ESPN+ only streamed select simulcasts of live playoff games aired by its networks, and Turner Sports did not invoke its option to carry or simulcast games on HBO Max. All playoff games were available on demand on ESPN+ after their conclusion (due to its rights with NHL.tv).[100][101][105][106]

American national radio rights to select Stanley Cup playoff games, including the entire Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals, were broadcast on the Sports USA Radio Network via NHL Radio. This was the first of a four-year deal signed between the NHL and Sports USA to syndicate NHL games on U.S. national radio.[107]

Announcers

First Round announcers

Series Play-by-play Booth analyst(s) Inside the Glass analyst(s) Ice level reporter(s) Network
Florida–Washington Mike Monaco Ryan Callahan (Game 1)
Brian Boucher (Game 3)
Kevin Weekes (Game 5)
Leah Hextall (Game 3) ESPN2 (Games 1 and 5)
ESPN (Game 3)[105][108]
Brendan Burke (Game 2)
Kenny Albert (Game 4)
John Forslund (Game 6)
Darren Pang (Game 2)
Eddie Olczyk (Game 4)
Keith Jones (Game 6)
Jennifer Botterill (Game 2)
Bryce Salvador (Game 4)
Meaghan Mikkelson (Game 6)
Tarik El-Bashir TBS (Games 2, 4 and 6)[109][110]
Simulcast of American broadcast feed Sportsnet[96]
Toronto–Tampa Bay John Buccigross A. J. Mleczko (Games 1 and 2)
Ryan Callahan (Game 5)
Caley Chelios ESPN2 (Games 1, 2 and 5)[105][108]
Brendan Burke (Game 3)
John Forslund (Games 4 and 6)
Kenny Albert (Game 7)
Butch Goring (Game 3)
Eddie Olczyk (Games 4 and 7)
Keith Jones (Games 6 and 7)
Jennifer Botterill (Game 3)
Keith Jones (Game 4)
Colby Armstrong (Game 6)
Julie Stewart-Binks (Games 3 and 4)
Nabil Karim (Game 7)
TBS (in Tampa Bay)
TNT (Game 7)[109][111][112]
Chris Cuthbert Craig Simpson None Kyle Bukauskas
Shawn McKenzie
CBC
Sportsnet[96]
Carolina–Boston Sean McDonough (Games 1 and 2)
Steve Levy (Games 4, 5 and 7)
Ray Ferraro (Games 1, 2, 5 and 7)
A. J. Mleczko (Game 4)
None Emily Kaplan ESPN (Games 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7)[105][108][113]
John Forslund (Game 3)
Kenny Albert (Game 6)
Keith Jones (Game 3)
Eddie Olczyk (Game 6)
Colby Armstrong (Game 3)
Bryce Salvador (Game 6)
Shannon Hogan TNT (Games 3 and 6)[109][111]
Simulcast of American broadcast feed Sportsnet[96]
NY Rangers–Pittsburgh Sean McDonough (Game 1)
Bob Wischusen (Games 4 and 5)
Ray Ferraro Emily Kaplan ESPN (Games 1, 4 and 5)[105][108][114]
Kenny Albert Eddie Olczyk (Games 2, 6 and 7)
Keith Jones (Game 3)
Bryce Salvador (Games 2, 3 and 6)
Keith Jones (Game 7)
Jackie Redmond TNT (Games 2, 3 and 6)
TBS (Game 7)[109][110][115]
John Bartlett Garry Galley Caroline Cameron CBC (Games 1–6)[116]
Sportsnet[96]
Colorado–Nashville Bob Wischusen (Game 1)
Steve Levy (Game 4)
Kevin Weekes (Game 1)
A. J. Mleczko (Game 4)
None Leah Hextall (Game 1) ESPN (Games 1 and 4)[105]
Randy Hahn (Game 2)
Dave Goucher (Game 3)
Shane Hnidy Darren Eliot Taryn Hatcher TNT (Games 2 and 3)[109]
Simulcast of American broadcast feed Sportsnet[96]
Minnesota–St. Louis Bob Wischusen Kevin Weekes (Games 1 and 2)
Brian Boucher (Game 5)
Leah Hextall (Games 1 and 2) ESPN (in Minnesota)[105][108]
Jim Jackson (Games 3 and 4)
Brendan Burke (Game 6)
Jody Shelley (Games 3 and 4)
Butch Goring (Game 6)
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre (Games 3 and 4)
Jennifer Botterill (Game 6)
Ashali Vise TNT (Games 3 and 6)
TBS (Game 4)[109][111]
Simulcast of American broadcast feed Sportsnet[96]
Calgary–Dallas Gord Miller (Game 1)
Leah Hextall (Game 5)
Bob Wischusen (Game 7)
Dominic Moore (Games 1 and 5)
Brian Boucher (Game 7)
Leah Hextall (Game 7) ESPN2 (Games 1 and 7)
ESPN (Game 5)[105][108][117]
Dave Goucher (Game 2)
Brendan Burke (in Dallas)
Drew Remenda (Game 2)
Butch Goring (Games 3 and 4)
Shane Hnidy (Game 6)
Meaghan Mikkelson (Game 2)
Darren Pang (in Dallas)
Erika Wachter TBS (Games 2 and 4)
TNT (Games 3 and 6)[109][110]
Rick Ball Greg Millen None Ryan Leslie CBC (Games 1–6)[116]
Sportsnet[96]
Edmonton–Los Angeles Gord Miller (Games 1 and 2)
Leah Hextall (Game 5)
Bob Wischusen (Game 7)
Cassie Campbell-Pascall (Games 1 and 2)
Dominic Moore (Game 5)
Brian Boucher (Game 7)
Leah Hextall (Game 7) ESPN2 (Games 1, 2 and 5)
ESPN (Game 7)[105][108][113]
Randy Hahn Bret Hedican Mike McKenna (Game 3)
Darren Eliot (Games 4 and 6)
Aly Lozoff TBS (in Los Angeles)[109][111]
Harnarayan Singh Louie DeBrusk Scott Oake CBC
Sportsnet[96]
Select games John Ahlers Brian Hayward Sports USA[118][119][120][121]

Second Round announcers

Series Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Ice level reporters Rinkside reporters Network
Florida–Tampa Bay Kenny Albert Eddie Olczyk Keith Jones Nabil Karim TNT[122]
John Bartlett (Games 1, 2 and 4) Greg Millen (in Sunrise, Florida)
Garry Galley (Game 4)
Kyle Bukauskas (Games 1, 2 and 4) CBC (Games 1, 2 and 4)
Sportsnet[123]
Simulcast of American broadcast feed (Game 3)
Carolina–NY Rangers Sean McDonough Ray Ferraro Emily Kaplan ESPN[124][125][126][127]
Simulcast of American broadcast feed Sportsnet[123]
Colorado–St. Louis Brendan Burke Shane Hnidy Darren Pang Tarik El-Bashir TNT[122]
Harnarayan Singh Louie DeBrusk None Dan Murphy CBC
Sportsnet[123]
Calgary–Edmonton John Buccigross (Games 1 and 2)
Bob Wischusen (Games 3–5)
Brian Boucher Leah Hextall ESPN (Games 1, 2, 4 and 5)
ESPN2 (Game 3)[124][125]
Chris Cuthbert Craig Simpson (Games 1–4)
Kelly Hrudey (Game 5)[128]
None Scott Oake CBC
Sportsnet[123]
Select games John Ahlers
John Forslund
Brian Hayward
Joe Micheletti
None None Sports USA[129][130][131][132][133]

Conference Finals announcers

Series Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Ice level reporter(s) Rinkside reporter(s) Network
Eastern Conference Finals (NY Rangers–Tampa Bay) Sean McDonough Ray Ferraro Emily Kaplan ESPN
ESPN+ (original ESPN broadcast and alternate "Ice Cast" feed)[106][134][135]
John Forslund Joe Micheletti (Games 1–5)
Billy Jaffe (Game 6)
None Billy Jaffe (Games 1–5)
Nick Olczyk (Game 6)
Sports USA[136][137]
Harnarayan Singh Louie DeBrusk None David Amber CBC
Sportsnet[138]
Western Conference Finals (Colorado–Edmonton) Kenny Albert Eddie Olczyk (Games 1 and 2)
Keith Jones (Games 3 and 4)
Keith Jones (Games 1 and 2)
Darren Pang (Games 3 and 4)
Nabil Karim (Games 1 and 2)
Meaghan Mikkelson (Games 3 and 4)
TNT[139]
John Ahlers Darren Eliot None Nick Olczyk (Games 1 and 2)
Scottie Upshall (Games 3 and 4)
Sports USA[140][141][142]
Chris Cuthbert Craig Simpson None Kyle Bukauskas CBC
Sportsnet[138]

Stanley Cup Finals announcers

Matchup Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Ice level reporter(s) Rinkside reporter(s) Network
Tampa Bay–Colorado Sean McDonough Ray Ferraro Emily Kaplan ABC
ESPN+ (original ABC broadcast and alternate "Ice Cast" feed)[143]
John Ahlers Joe Micheletti None Billy Jaffe Sports USA[144]
Chris Cuthbert Craig Simpson None Kyle Bukauskas and David Amber CBC
Sportsnet[145]
Marc Moser (Game 1)
E. J. Hradek (Games 2–6)
Kevin Weekes None None NHL International[146][147]

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