St. Louis Blues win the Stanley Cup

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St. Louis Blue capture first championship in franchise history

The St. Louis Blues made it back in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 49 years, and after stunning a Boston Bruins team in Game 7 on the road, the Blues have their first championship in 52 years as a franchise.

Stanley Cup Final schedule

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Monday, May 27

Game 1: Boston 4, St. Louis 2

Wednesday, May 29

Game 2: St. Louis 3, Boston 2 (OT)

Saturday, June 1

Game 3: Boston 7, St. Louis 2

Monday, June 3

Game 4: St. Louis 4, Boston 2

Thursday, June 6

Game 5: St. Louis 2, Boston 1

Sunday, June 9

Game 6: Boston 5, St. Louis 1

Wednesday, June 12

Game 7: St. Louis 4, Boston 1

Playoff preview

The defending champion Washington Capitals will begin their title defense as the Metropolitan Division champion, facing off against the wild card Carolina Hurricanes in an Eastern Conference first-round matchup. Alex Ovechkin, the NHL’s leading goal scorer with his eighth 50-goal campaign, was a man possessed in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring 15 goals in 24 games.

Last year’s playoff darlings, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, this year are the third seed from the Pacific Division, after advancing to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018, their first season.

Format

Eight teams in each conference make the playoffs, and will battle in best-of-seven series to determine champs from both the East and West. The top three finishers from each divisions qualify for the playoffs, as well as the best two record in each conference outside of that group as wild cards. Higher-seeded teams get home ice advantage regardless of record. All series, including the Stanley Cup Final, are in 2-2-1-1-1 format.

Teams

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning (128 points)
  2. Boston Bruins (107 points)
  3. Toronto Maple Leafs (100 points)

Metropolitan Division

  1. Washington Capitals (104 points)
  2. New York Islanders (103 points)
  3. Pittsburgh Penguins (100 points)

Wild cards

  1. Carolina Hurricanes (99 points)
  2. Columbus Blue Jackets (98 points)

Western Conference

Pacific Division

  1. Calgary Flames (107 points)
  2. San Jose Sharks (101 points)
  3. Vegas Golden Knights (93 points)

Central Division

  1. Nashville Predators (100 points)
  2. Winnipeg Jets (99 points)
  3. St. Louis Blues (99 points)

Wild cards

  1. Dallas Stars (93 points)
  2. Colorado Avalanche (90 points)

Television and streaming

The Stanley Cup playoffs will be televised in the U.S. across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA, and NHL Network, and CBS, SN and TVA Sports in Canada. Online streaming is available in the U.S. through NBC Sports Live Extra and fuboTV, and in Canada by CBC.

Bracket & schedule

 Source: NHL.com

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First round

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Presidents Cup with 128 points, tying an NHL record with 62 wins. They owned the top seed in the Eastern Conference but were swept away by the Columbus Blue Jackets in four games.

The Lightning weren’t the only conference top seed to get bounced in the opening round. The Calgary Flames (107 points), with the best record in the West, were eliminated by the Colorado Avalanche in five games in the first round.

In fact, all four division winners lost in the first round, with the Central Division-winning Nashville Predators falling in six games to Dallas , and the Metro champion Washington Captials falling in seven games to Carolina.

The first round gave us three Games 7, helping to make up for two sweeps and a five-game series in the conference quarterfinals.

Wednesday, April 10

Game 1: Columbus 4, Tampa Bay 3
Game 1: NY Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Game 1: St. Louis 2, Winnipeg 1
Game 1: Dallas 3, Nashville 2
Game 1: San Jose 5, Vegas 2

Thursday, April 11

Game 1: Toronto 4, Boston 1
Game 1: Washington 4, Carolina 2
Game 1: Calgary 4, Colorado 0

Friday, April 12

Game 2: Columbus 5, Tampa Bay 1
Game 2: NY Islanders 3, Pittsburgh 1
Game 2: St. Louis 4, Winnipeg 3
Game 2: Vegas 5, San Jose 3

Saturday, April 13

Game 2: Washington 4, Carolina 3 (OT)
Game 2: Nashville 2, Dallas 1 (OT)
Game 2: Boston 4, Toronto 1
Game 2: Colorado 3, Calgary 2

Sunday, April 14

Game 3: NY Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 1
Game 3: Columbus 3, Tampa Bay 1
Game 3: Winnipeg 6, St. Louis 3
Game 3: Vegas 6, San Jose 3

Monday, April 15

Game 3: Toronto 3, Boston 2
Game 3: Carolina 5, Washington 0
Game 3: Nashville 3, Dallas 2
Game 3: Colorado 6, Calgary 2

Tuesday, April 16

Game 4: Columbus 7, Tampa Bay 3
Game 4: NY Islanders 3, Pittsburgh 1
Game 4: Winnipeg 2, St. Louis 1
Game 4: Vegas 5, San Jose 0

Wednesday, April 17

Game 4: Boston 6, Toronto 4
Game 4: Dallas 5, Nashville 1
Game 4: Colorado 3, Calgary 2 (OT)

Thursday, April 18

Game 4: Carolina 2, Washington 1
Game 5: St. Louis 3, Winnipeg 2
Game 5: San Jose 5, Vegas 2

Friday, April 19

Game 5: Toronto 2, Boston 1
Game 5: Colorado 5, Calgary 1

Saturday, April 20

Game 5: Dallas 5, Nashville 3
Game 6: St. Louis 3, Winnipeg 2
Game 5: Washington 6, Carolina 0

Sunday, April 21

Game 6: Boston 4, Toronto 2
Game 6: San Jose 2, Vegas 1 (2 OT)

Monday, April 22

Game 6: Carolina 5, Washington 2
Game 6: Dallas 2, Nashville 1 (OT)

Tuesday, April 23

Game 7: Boston 4, Toronto 3
Game 7: San Jose 5, Vegas 4 (OT)

Wednesday, April 24

Game 7: Carolina 4, Washington 3 (2OT)

Second round

Thursday, April 25

Game 1: Boston 3, Columbus 2 (OT)
Game 1: St. Louis 3, Dallas 2

Friday, April 26

Game 1: Carolina 1, NY Islanders 0 (OT)
Game 1: San Jose 5, Colorado 2

Saturday, April 27

Game 2: Dallas 4, St. Louis 2
Game 2: Columbus 3, Boston 2 (2OT)

Sunday, April 28

Game 2: Carolina 2, NY Islanders 1
Game 2: Colorado 4, San Jose 3

Monday, April 29

Game 3: St. Louis 4, Dallas 3

Tuesday, April 30

Game 3: Columbus 2, Boston 1
Game 3: San Jose 4, Colorado 2

Wednesday, May 1

Game 3: Carolina 5, NY Islanders 2
Game 4: Dallas 4, St. Louis 2

Thursday, May 2

Game 4: Boston 4, Columbus 1
Game 4: Colorado 3, San Jose 0

Friday, May 3

Game 4: Carolina 5, NY Islanders 2
Game 5: Dallas 2, St. Louis 1

Saturday, May 4

Game 5: Boston 4, Columbus 3
Game 5: San Jose 2, Colorado 1

Sunday, May 5

Game 6: St. Louis 4, Dallas 1

Monday, May 6

Game 6: Boston 3, Columbus 0
Game 6: Colorado 4, San Jose 3 (OT)

Tuesday, May 7

Game 7: St. Louis 2, Dallas 1 (2OT)

Wednesday, May 8

Game 7: San Jose 3, Colorado 2

Conference finals results

The 2019 NHL playoffs have provided lively and exciting matchups, seeding be damned. All four division winners were bounced in the first round, but despite the early upsets the first two rounds have been compelling, with three Games 7 in the first round and two more in the second round.

The Boston Bruins swept their way through Carolina to earn a spot in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in six years, and will be seeking their first championship since 2011.

The Carolina Hurricanes missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for nine straight seasons before this year, and all they’ve done is dispatch the defending champion Capitals followed by a second-round sweep of the Islanders before falling against Boston. Also in the conference final are the St. Louis Blues (first time in three years) and the San Jose Sharks, who needed seven games in each of the first two rounds, but advanced to their first conference final since 2016.

Thursday, May 9

Game 1: Boston 5, Carolina 2

Saturday, May 11

Game 1: San Jose 6, St. Louis 3

Sunday, May 12

Game 2: Boston 6, Carolina 2

Monday, May 13

Game 2: St. Louis 4, San Jose 2

Tuesday, May 14

Game 3: Boston 2, Carolina 1

Wednesday, May 15

Game 3: San Jose 5, St. Louis 4 (OT)

Thursday, May 16

Game 4: Boston 4, Carolina 0

Friday, May 17

Game 4: St. Louis 2, San Jose 1

Sunday, May 19

Game 5: St. Louis 5, San Jose 0

Tuesday, May 21

Game 6: St. Louis 5, San Jose 1

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