= 2001 = 2002 = 2003 = 2004 = 2006 = 2007 = 2008 = 2009 = 2010 = 2011 = 2012 = 2014 = 2015 = 2016 = 2017 = 2018 = 2019
Round One - Conference Quarterfinals
#C1 Nashville Predators vs. #WC1 Dallas Stars
If Stars goalie Ben Bishop doesn’t get injured again - and plays more like he did in the second half of the season VS the first - Dallas might actually give Nashville a run for its money.
GAME ONE: DALLAS 3 at NASHVILLE 2 - April 10
Rookie Miro Heiskanen scored two for Dallas as they take Game One.
GAME TWO: DALLAS 1 at NASHVILLE 2 (OT) - April 13
Craig Smith scored 5:00 into overtime to lift the Preds to the 2-1 win and even up the series.
GAME THREE: NASHVILLE 3 at DALLAS 2 - April 15
Mikael Granlund scored the go-ahead goal for the Preds with 8:19 remaining to lift Nashville to the Game Three victory and series lead.
GAME FOUR: NASHVILLE 1 at DALLAS 5 - April 17
Dallas’ Roope Hintz scored his first two playoff goals to help the Stars get the Game Four win and even up the series.
GAME FIVE: DALLAS 5 at NASHVILLE 3 - April 20
Alexander Radulov and Jason Dickinson each tallied twice to get Dallas to the win and the series lead.
GAME SIX: NASHVILLE 1 at DALLAS 2 (OT) - April 22
John Klingberg scored with 2:58 left in OT, and the Dallas Stars head to Round Two!
Stars win series 4-2
#C2 Winnipeg Jets vs. #C3 St. Louis Blues
It’s a series of teams that flip-flopped each other. The Jets were one of the hottest teams in the first half of the season, then they ran out of jet fuel. The Blues, the literal worst team in the league on January 2nd, started kicking major ass in the second half, starting off with an 11-game winning streak - thanks mostly to amazing goaltending by rookie Jordan Binnington and Vladimir Tarasenko decided to score goals again. I, personally, have never seen a team turnaround like that before. Ever.
GAME ONE: ST. LOUIS 2 at WINNIPEG 1 - April 10
The Jets scored first but that’s the only goal they could score on Jordan WINNINGTON! Perron tied it up and Bozak scored in the third for the Blues win!
GAME TWO: ST. LOUIS 4 at WINNIPEG 3 - April 12
Oskar Sundqvist scored his first two NHL playoff goals and Ryan O'Reilly scored the game winner to help the Blues win Game 2 and take a 2-0 series lead.
GAME THREE: WINNIPEG 6 at ST. LOUIS 3 - April 14
Kyle Connor scored twice for the Jets as they pull off a 6-3 win in St. Louis. Hayes, Laine, Tanev, and Byfuglien also scored for Winnipeg. Perron, Tarasenko, and Steen tallied for St. Louis.
GAME FOUR: WINNIPEG 2 at ST. LOUIS 1 - April 16
Kyle Connor scored at 6:02 of overtime in Jets 2.0’s first overtime playoff winner ever to even up the series.
GAME FIVE: ST. LOUIS 3 at WINNIPEG 2 - April 18
It wasn’t technically an overtime win, but it may as well have been. Adam Lowry and Kevin Hayes got the Jets up 2-0 by the end of the first. But Ryan O’Reilly and Brayden Schenn tied the game up in the third. And then, with only 15 seconds to go, The Schwartz was with the Blues, as Jaden Schwartz scored the game winner!
GAME SIX: WINNIPEG 2 at ST. LOUIS 3 - April 20
The Schwartz was with the Blues again! And finally the home team wins a game in this series! Jaden Schwartz scores all three St. Louis goals with the hat trick for the 3-0 lead, and the Blues held on to win Game Six and the series!
Blues win series 4-2
#P1 Calgary Flames vs. #WC2 Colorado Avalanche
The Flames, the top team in the West by a significant margin, VS the Avalanche, who for the second year in a row barely made the playoffs. Yeah, good luck, Colorado, you’re going to need it.
GAME ONE: COLORADO 0 at CALGARY 4 - April 11
Calgary was on fire as Matthew Tkachuk had two goals and goalie Mike Smith made 26 saves for the shutout as the Flames took Game One.
GAME TWO: COLORADO 3 at CALGARY 2 (OT) - April 13
Nathan MacKinnon scored 8:27 into overtime to get the win for Colorado and knot up the series.
GAME THREE: CALGARY 2 at COLORADO 6 - April 15
Cale Makar scored in his NHL debut for Colorado. But that’s not all. Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, Erik Johnson, Matt Nieto and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist, and Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves for the Avalanche of a win.
GAME FOUR: CALGARY 2 at COLORADO 3 (OT)- April 17
Mikko Rantanen scored 10:23 into overtime to help the ‘Lanche put out the Flames in Game Four and take the commanding 3-1 series lead.
GAME FIVE: COLORADO 5 at CALGARY 1 - April 19
Rantanen and Colin Wilson each had two goals and an assist, and Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie each had three assists for Colorado as they douse the Flames.
Avalanche win series 4-1
#P4 San Jose Sharks vs. #P5 Vegas Golden Knights
In their sophomore season the Knights are in the damn playoffs again. Seriously, what the hell? I just can’t with this.
GAME ONE: VEGAS 2 at SAN JOSE 5 - April 10
Brent Burns and Evander Kane each had a goal and an assist in the Sharks’ Game One win.
GAME TWO: VEGAS 5 at SAN JOSE 3 - April 12
Vegas scored two shorthanded goals and one on the power play to get the win and even up the series.
GAME THREE: SAN JOSE 3 at VEGAS 6 - April 14
Mark Stone scored the first hat trick of his NHL career as he helped the Knights get the Game 3 win.
GAME FOUR: SAN JOSE 0 at VEGAS 5 - April 16
Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for the shutout and Max Pacioretty had four points for Vegas as they take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
GAME FIVE: VEGAS 2 at SAN JOSE 5 - April 18
Tomas Hertl scored two goals, Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and Erik Karlsson had two assists for the Sharkies as they avoided elimination with the Game Five win.
GAME SIX: SAN JOSE 2 at VEGAS 1 (2OT) - April 21
San Jose’s Tomas Hertl scored a shorthanded goal 11:17 into double overtime to force a Game Seven.
GAME SEVEN: VEGAS 4 at SAN JOSE 5 (OT) - April 23
The Knights weren’t so golden as they picked a terrible time to take a 5-minute major penalty. After being up 3-0 the Sharks took advantage of Cody Eakin's major penalty in the 3rd period for cross-checking Joe Pavelski and scored 4 goals on that power play! Jonathan Marchessault did tie the game for Vegas with 47 seconds remaining. But Barclay Goodrow scored 18:19 into overtime so the Sharks could swim into Round Two.
Sharks win series 4-3
#A1 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. #WC2 Columbus Blue Jackets
If you would travel back in time to the 1990’s or early 2000’s and told me that someday the Lightning would not only win the President’s Trophy but also tie the all-time record for season wins, I would have told you to fuck right off. In 2019 in Round One it’s the Tampa Bay Lightning VS the BJs.
GAME ONE: COLUMBUS 4 at TAMPA BAY 3 - April 10
The Jackets shocked the world by coming from behind an 0-3 deficit and winning Game One!
GAME TWO: COLUMBUS 5 at TAMPA BAY 1 - April 12
Could this be the curse of the President's Trophy? Matt Duchene had a goal and three assists, and the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning for the shocking 2-0 series lead.
GAME THREE: TAMPA BAY 1 at COLUMBUS 3 - April 14
“Oh my!” George Takei might say if he followed ice hockey. Without Kucherov, who was suspended for his dirty hit against Blue Jacket Markus Nutivaara (who was out because injury from the hit) also find themselves without a win in the series. And close to being swept! Duchene, Bjorkstrand, and Atkinson scored for Columbus who is very close to winning their first-ever playoff series, the only team left in the league never to have done so yet.
GAME FOUR: TAMPA BAY 3 at COLUMBUS 7 - April 16
Somebody should cook some Impossible Burgers in Columbus, Ohio, because the Blue Jackets did what should have been impossible: sweep the best team in the NHL! And won their first-ever playoff series.
Blue Jackets win series 4-0
#A2 Boston Bruins vs. #A3 Toronto Maple Leafs
After many, many years of the Leafs putting on a clinic on How To Suck At All Aspects of Ice Hockey, Toronto is finally back to winning and back to the playoffs and maybe a series win. But Boston had TROUBLE bruin’.
GAME ONE: TORONTO 4 at BOSTON 1 - April 11
Mitchell Marner scored twice to help the Leafs take the 1-0 series lead.
GAME TWO: TORONTO 1 at BOSTON 4 - April 13
Tuukka Rask made 30 saves, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs to even up the series.
GAME THREE: BOSTON 2 at TORONTO 3 - April 15
Auston Matthews and Andreas Johnsson each had a goal and an assist in Toronto’s Game Three victory.
GAME FOUR: BOSTON 6 at TORONTO 4 - April 17
Brad Marchand has a goal and two assists for Boston as they win Game Four and tie up the series.
GAME FIVE: TORONTO 2 at BOSTON 1 - April 19
The Leafs tallied twice in the third and held on for the Game Five victory, pushing Boston to the brink.
GAME SIX: BOSTON 4 at TORONTO 2 - April 21
Brad Marchand scored two goals and an assist to help Boston force Game Seven.
GAME SEVEN: TORONTO 1 at BOSTON 5 - April 23
Tuukka Rask made 32 saves, and Sean Kuraly and Joakim Nordstrom each had a goal and an assist for Boston as they de-Leafed the NHL playoffs.
Bruins win series 4-3
#M1 Washington Capitals vs. #WC1 Carolina Hurricanes
The question on everybody’s minds as the Wild Card Carolina faced the defending Stanley Cup champs: would the Hurricanes blow.... or would they suck?
GAME ONE: CAROLINA 2 at WASHINGTON 4 - April 11
Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals in Washington’s Game One win.
GAME TWO: CAROLINA 3 at WASHINGTON 4 (OT) - April 13
Brooks Orpik scored 1:48 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 Win and 2-0 series lead.
GAME THREE: WASHINGTON 0 at CAROLINA 5 - April 15
Carolina’s Warren Foegele had three points in this lopsided tilt.
GAME FOUR: WASHINGTON 1 at CAROLINA 2 - April 18
Petr Mrazek made 30 saves and Warren Foegele and Teuvo Teravainen scored for the ‘Canes to even up the series. Alexander Ovechkin scored, and Braden Holtby made 22 saves for the Caps.
GAME FIVE: CAROLINA 0 at WASHINGTON 6- April 20
Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom had four points, and Braden Holtby made 30 saves for the shutout rout. Nic Dowd had a penalty shot goal for the Caps as well. Other Washington scoring action included Backstrom having two goals and two assists, and Alex Ovechkin’s goal and two assists.
GAME SIX: WASHINGTON 2 at CAROLINA 5 - April 22
Jordan Staal scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period while the ‘Canes were on their way to winning 5-2 and forcing Game Seven.
GAME SEVEN: CAROLINA 4 at WASHINGTON 3 (2OT) - April 24
(With this win, that means that for the first time ever, ALL FOUR wild cards made the second round!) After the ‘Canes rallied to tie the game, Brock McGinn scored 11:05 into the second overtime to give them the win and the second round berth, sending the defending Cup champs to an early trip to the golf course.
Hurricanes win series 4-3
#M2 New York Islanders vs. #M3 Pittsburgh Penguins
It was a match-up of offense VS defense in this series, as only a few teams scored more goals than the Penguins in the regular season, and exactly zero teams allowed fewer goals than the Islanders.
GAME ONE: PITTSBURGH 3 at NEW YORK ISLANDERS 4 (OT)- April 10
Josh Bailey scored in overtime to get New York the Game One Win.
GAME TWO: PITTSBURGH 1 at NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 - April 12
New York’s Jordan Eberle scored the tiebreaking goal in the third to extend their series lead.
GAME THREE: NEW YORK ISLANDERS 4 at PITTSBURGH 1 - April 14
The Penguins are waddling to the brink, as the Islanders defeated them again to take the 3-0 series lead. Robin Lehner made 25 saves for New York as they are ready to order another round!
GAME FOUR: NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 at PITTSBURGH 1 - April 16
New York’s Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored and Robin Lehner made 32 saves for the Islanders as they complete the sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Islanders win series 4-0
Round Two - Conference Semifinals
#C3 St. Louis Blues vs. #WC1 Dallas Stars
With both teams bringing stingy defenses and hot goalies (Bishop VS Binnington) would this series be stingy with the goals?
GAME ONE: DALLAS at ST. LOUIS - April 25
GAME TWO: DALLAS at ST. LOUIS - April 27
GAME THREE: ST. LOUIS at DALLAS - April 29
GAME FOUR: ST. LOUIS at DALLAS - May 1
GAME FIVE: DALLAS at ST. LOUIS - May 3*
GAME SIX: ST. LOUIS at DALLAS - May 5*
GAME SEVEN: DALLAS at ST. LOUIS - May 3*
#P2 San Jose Sharks vs. #WC2 Colorado Avalanche
Would the wild-card Avalanche, who are thrilled to have made the second round, be able to bury the Sharks?
GAME ONE: COLORADO at SAN JOSE - April 26
GAME TWO: COLORADO at SAN JOSE - April 28
GAME THREE: SAN JOSE at COLORADO - April 30
GAME FOUR: SAN JOSE at COLORADO - May 2
GAME FIVE: COLORADO at SAN JOSE - May 4*
GAME SIX: SAN JOSE at COLORADO - May 6*
GAME SEVEN: COLORADO at SAN JOSE - May 8*
#A2 Boston Bruins vs. #WC2 Columbus Blue Jackets
Would the Blue Jackets continue their impossible playoff run?
GAME ONE: COLUMBUS at BOSTON - April 25
GAME TWO: COLUMBUS at BOSTON - April 27
GAME THREE: BOSTON at COLUMBUS - April 30
GAME FOUR: BOSTON at COLUMBUS - May 2
GAME FIVE: COLUMBUS at BOSTON - May 4*
GAME SIX: BOSTON at COLUMBUS - May 6*
GAME SEVEN: COLUMBUS at BOSTON - May 8*
#M2 New York Islanders vs. #WC1 Carolina Hurricanes
Well, the Hurricanes didn’t blow, or suck, in the first round. But would they in the second?
GAME ONE: CAROLINA at NEW YORK ISLANDERS - April 26
GAME TWO: CAROLINA at NEW YORK ISLANDERS - April 28
GAME THREE: NEW YORK ISLANDERS at CAROLINA - May 1
GAME FOUR: NEW YORK ISLANDERS at CAROLINA - May 3
GAME FIVE: CAROLINA at NEW YORK ISLANDERS - May 5*
GAME SIX: NEW YORK ISLANDERS at CAROLINA - May 7*
GAME SEVEN: CAROLINA at NEW YORK ISLANDERS - May 8*