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NHL playoff schedule: Dates, times, television and results

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The two best teams in the NHL this season are squaring off in the second round with the Colorado Avalanche facing the Vegas Golden Knights in the West Division final.

But two other divisions will have a matchup of lower-rung playoff teams because of upsets. 

In the North Division, No. 3 seed Winnipeg is facing No. 4 Montreal after the Jets swept the Edmonton Oilers and the Canadiens came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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 No. 3 Boston Bruins and No. 4 New York Islanders are meeting in the East after first-round victories against the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively.

The No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes are facing the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the Central Division.

Because of playoff reseeding, the Central winners will take on the East and the North will face the West in the semifinals. The winners of those series will play for the Stanley Cup.

The schedule and results: 

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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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