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NHL playoff schedule: Dates, times, television and results

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup champions again.

They beat the Montreal Canadiens in five games to become the third repeat champions in 23 years, joining the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings and the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins.

They finished third in the Central Division as Nikita Kucherov sat out the regular season recovering from hip surgery. But they returned to Stanley Cup Final after beating the Florida Panthers (six games), Carolina Hurricanes (five) and New York Islanders (seven). 

General view of NHL logo in the stands during the warmup period between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames in game two of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. © Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports General view of NHL logo in the stands during the warmup period between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames in game two of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place.

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The Canadiens were on the brink of elimination in the first round but won 11 of 13 to upset the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights.

The results:

Stanley Cup Final

All times Eastern. Best of seven. *-if necessary

Lightning win 4-1

Game 1: Lightning 5, Canadiens 1

Game 2: Lightning 3, Canadiens 1

Game 3: Lightning 6, Canadiens 3

Game 4: Canadiens 3, Lightning 2 (OT)

Game 5: Lightning 1, Canadiens 0

Semifinals

No. 1 Vegas vs. No. 4 Montreal

Canadiens win 4-2

Game 1: Golden Knights 4, Canadiens 1

Game 2: Canadiens 3, Golden Knights 2

Game 3: Canadiens 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)

Game 4: Golden Knights 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)

Game 5: Canadiens 4, Golden Knights 1

Game 6: Canadiens 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)

No. 2 Tampa Bay vs. No. 3 New York Islanders

Lightning 4-3

Game 1: Islanders 2, Lightning 1

Game 2: Lightning 4, Islanders 2

Game 3: Lightning 2, Islanders 1

Game 4: Islanders 3, Lightning 2

Game 5: Lightning 8, Islanders 0

Game 6: Islanders 3, Lightning 2 (OT)

Game 7: Lightning 1, Islanders 0

Second round

All times Eastern. Best of seven. *-if necessary

East Division

No. 3 Boston vs. No. 4 New York Islanders

Islanders win 4-2

Game 1: Bruins 5, Islanders 2 

Game 2: Islanders 4, Bruins 3 (OT)

Game 3: Bruins 2, Islanders 1 (OT)

Game 4: Islanders 4, Bruins 1

Game 5: Islanders 5, Bruins 4

Game 6: Islanders 6, Bruins 2

Central Division

No. 1 Carolina vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay

Lightning win 4-1

Game 1: Lightning 2, Hurricanes 1

Game 2: Lightning 2, Hurricanes 1

Game 3: Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2 (OT)

Game 4: Lightning 6, Hurricanes 4

Game 5: Lightning 2, Hurricanes 0

West Division

No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 2 Vegas

Golden Knights win 4-2

Game 1: Avalanche 7, Golden Knights 1

Game 2: Avalanche 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)  

Game 3: Golden Knights 3, Avalanche 2

Game 4: Golden Knights 5, Avalanche 1

Game 5: Golden Knights 3, Avalanche 2 (OT)

Game 6: Golden Knights 6, Avalanche 3

North Division

No. 3 Winnipeg vs. No. 4 Montreal

Canadiens win 4-0

Game 1: Canadiens 5, Jets 3

Game 2: Canadiens 1, Jets 0

Game 3: Canadiens 5, Jets 1

Game 4: Canadiens 3, Jets 2 (OT)

First round

All times ET. Best of seven. *-if necessary

EAST DIVISION

No 1. Pittsburgh vs. No. 4 NY Islanders

Islanders win 4-2

Game 1: Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

Game 2: Penguins 2, Islanders 1

Game 3: Penguins 5, Islanders 4

Game 4: Islanders 4, Penguins 1 

Game 5: Islanders 3, Penguins 2 (2OT)

Game 6: Islanders 5, Penguins 3

No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Boston

Bruins win 4-1

Game 1: Capitals 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

Game 2: Bruins 4, Capitals 3 (OT)

Game 3: Bruins 3, Capitals 2 (2OT)

Game 4: Bruins 4, Capitals 1

Game 5: Bruins 3, Capitals 1

CENTRAL DIVISION

No. 1 Carolina vs. No. 4 Nashville

Hurricanes win 4-2

Game 1: Hurricanes 5, Predators 2

Game 2: Hurricanes 3, Predators 0

Game 3: Predators 5, Hurricanes 4 (2OT)

Game 4: Predators 4, Hurricanes 3 (2OT)

Game 5: Hurricanes 3, Predators 2 (OT)

Game 6: Hurricanes 4, Predators 3 (OT)

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay  

Lightning win 4-2

Game 1: Lightning 5, Panthers 4

Game 2: Lightning 3, Panthers 1

Game 3: Panthers 6, Lightning 5 (OT)

Game 4: Lightning 6, Panthers 2

Game 5: Panthers 4, Lightning 1

Game 6: Lightning 4, Panthers 0

WEST DIVISION

No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 4 St. Louis

Avalanche win 4-0

Game 1: Avalanche 4, Blues 1

Game 2: Avalanche 6, Blues 3

Game 3: Avalanche 5, Blues 1

Game 4: Avalanche 5, Blues 2

No. 2 Vegas vs. No. 3 Minnesota

Golden Knights win 4-3 

Game 1: Wild 1, Golden Knights 0 (OT)

Game 2: Golden Knights 3, Wild 1

Game 3: Golden Knights 5, Wild 2

Game 4: Golden Knights 4, Wild 0 

Game 5: Wild 4, Golden Knights 2

Game 6: Wild 3, Golden Knights 0

Game 7: Golden Knights 6, Wild 2

NORTH DIVISION

No. 1 Toronto vs. No. 4 Montreal 

Canadiens win 4-3

Game 1: Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 1

Game 2: Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 1

Game 3: Maple Leafs 2, Canadiens 1

Game 4: Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 0

Game 5: Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT) 

Game 6: Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 2 (OT)

Game 7: Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 1

No. 2 Edmonton vs. No. 3 Winnipeg

Jets win 4-0

Game 1: Jets 4, Oilers 1

Game 2: Jets 1, Oilers 0 (OT)   

Game 3: Jets 5, Oilers 4 (OT)

Game 4: Jets 4, Oilers (3OT)

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