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2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Central: Bracket, schedule, scores, highlights, analysis

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Stamkos' one-timer doubles Tampa Bay's lead (0:47)

Steven Stamkos gives the Lightning a two-goal lead against the Panthers in the second period. (0:47)

The 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs represent a return to normalcy, after a bubble-encased postseason in 2020 and a 2021 tournament that featured realigned intradivisional play, followed by a rebracketing for the final two rounds. Sixteen teams have qualified for a shot, but only one will get to skate the sacred chalice this June.

From the first round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN has you covered, including the entire Cup finals on ABC and ESPN+.

Plus, tune in to The Point every weekday afternoon throughout the playoffs for analysis, storytelling and previews of that night's action. And if you miss anything, watch full-game replays on demand on ESPN+, along with highlights from every game on In The Crease.

Read on for the full playoff picture, including previews, analysis, highlights, schedule and more for each team and series.

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Second round

Jump to:
FLA-TB
CAR-NYR
COL-STL
CGY-EDM

Atlantic Division

No. 1 Florida Panthers vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning

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Erik Cernak scores to retake the lead for Tampa Bay

Erik Cernak finds the top-right corner to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead in the second period.

Regular-season records:

  • Panthers: 58-18-6, 122 points

  • Lightning: 51-23-8, 110 points

Leading playoff scorers:

Wyshynski: Where does Panthers-Lightning fit in rankings of NHL rivalries?

Schedule:

Game 1 (at FLA): Lightning 4, Panthers 1 | Replay
Game 2 (at FLA): Lightning 2, Panthers 1 | Replay
Game 3 (at TB): Lightning 5, Panthers 1
Game 4 (at TB): Mon., May 23, 7 ET (TNT) | Preview
Game 5 (at FLA): TBA
Game 6 (at TB): TBA
Game 7 (at FLA): TBA


Metropolitan Division

No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 2 New York Rangers

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Brendan Smith's short-handed goal gives Canes the lead

Brendan Smith grabs the short-handed goal as the Hurricanes take a 1-0 lead vs. the Rangers.

Regular-season records:

  • Hurricanes: 54-20-8, 116 points

  • Rangers: 52-24-6, 110 points

Leading playoff scorers:

Wyshynski: How the Rangers' 'Kid Line' has sparked New York's offense

Wyshynski: The ex-Rangers fueling the Hurricanes this postseason

Schedule:

Game 1 (at CAR): Hurricanes 2, Rangers 1 (OT) | Replay
Game 2 (at CAR): Hurricanes 2, Rangers 0 | Replay
Game 3 (at NYR): Sun., May 22, 3:30 ET (ESPN) | Preview
Game 4 (at NYR): Tues., May 24, 7 ET (ESPN) | Preview
Game 5 (at CAR): TBA
Game 6 (at NYR): TBA
Game 7 (at CAR): TBA


Central Division

No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 3 St. Louis Blues

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Nazem Kadri's deflection gives Avalanche the lead

Nazem Kadri sneaks in the deflection goal to give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead vs. the Blues.

Regular-season records:

  • Avalanche: 56-19-7, 119 points

  • Blues: 49-22-11, 109 points

Leading playoff scorers:

Shilton/Wyshynski: Why the Avs are the NHL's postseason juggernaut

Schedule:

Game 1 (at COL): Avalanche 3, Blues 2 (OT) | Replay
Game 2 (at COL): Blues 4, Avalanche 1 | Replay
Game 3 (at STL): Avalanche 5, Blues 2 | Replay
Game 4 (at STL): Mon., May 23, 9:30 ET (TNT) | Preview
Game 5 (at COL): TBA
Game 6 (at STL): TBA
Game 7 (at COL): TBA


Pacific Division

No. 1 Calgary Flames vs. No. 2 Edmonton Oilers

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Connor McDavid makes goaltender look silly on superb goal

Connor McDavid fakes out the goaltender with some fancy moves on the Oilers' second goal.

Regular-season records:

  • Flames: 50-21-11, 111 points

  • Oilers: 49-27-6, 104 points

Leading playoff scorers:

Shilton: The wild past and furious present of the Battle of Alberta

Shilton: Flames star Matthew Tkachuk sends shout out to young Oilers fan battling brain cancer

Schedule:

Game 1 (at CGY): Flames 9, Oilers 6 | Replay
Game 2 (at CGY): Oilers 5, Flames 3 | Replay
Game 3 (at EDM): Sun., May 22, 8 ET (ESPN2) | Preview
Game 4 (at EDM): Tues., May 24, 9:30 ET (ESPN) | Preview
Game 5 (at CGY): TBA
Game 6 (at EDM): TBA
Game 7 (at CGY): TBA


First round

Jump to:
Atlantic: FLA-WSH | TOR-TB
Metro: CAR-BOS | NYR-PIT
Central: COL-NSH | MIN-STL
Pacific: CGY-DAL | EDM-LA

Atlantic Division

No. 1 Florida Panthers vs. No. 4 Washington Capitals

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Carter Verhaeghe scores OT winner as Panthers win series against Capitals

Carter Verhaeghe receives the pass in front of goal and finishes the backhanded shot for the Panthers in overtime.

Regular-season records:

  • Panthers: 58-18-6, 122 points

  • Capitals: 44-26-12, 100 points

Leading scorers:

Claude Giroux's fun new world with the Panthers

Panthers advance 4-2:

Game 1 (at FLA): Capitals 4, Panthers 2 | Replay
Game 2 (at FLA): Panthers 5, Capitals 1 | Replay
Game 3 (at WSH): Capitals 6, Panthers 1 | Replay
Game 4 (at WSH): Panthers 3, Capital 2 (OT) | Replay
Game 5 (at FLA): Panthers 5, Capitals 3 | Replay
Game 6 (at WSH): Panthers 4, Capitals 3 (OT) | Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Capitals


No. 2 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning

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Nick Paul weaves through Toronto's defense for his second goal

Tampa Bay's Nick Paul shows off his stick work to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead.

Regular-season records:

  • Maple Leafs: 54-21-7, 115 points

  • Lightning: 51-23-8, 110 points

Leading scorers:

Why the Lightning's three-peat quest will be so difficult

Lightning advance 4-3:

Game 1 (at TOR): Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 0 | Replay
Game 2 (at TOR): Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 3 | Replay
Game 3 (at TB): Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 2 | Replay
Game 4 (at TB): Lightning 7, Maple Leafs 3 | Replay
Game 5 (at TOR): Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 3 | Replay
Game 6 (at TB): Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT) | Replay
Game 7 (at TOR): Lightning 2, Maple Leafs 1 | Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Maple Leafs


Metropolitan Division

No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 4 Boston Bruins

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Max Domi's second goal increases Hurricanes' lead

Max Domi grabs his second goal of the game as he zips it in to pad the Hurricanes lead to 3-1 vs. the Bruins.

Regular-season records:

  • Hurricanes: 54-20-8, 116 points

  • Bruins: 51-26-5, 107 points

Leading scorers:

Hurricanes advance 4-3:

Game 1 (at CAR): Hurricanes 5, Bruins 1 | Replay
Game 2 (at CAR): Hurricanes 5, Bruins 2 | Replay
Game 3 (at BOS): Bruins 4, Hurricanes 2 | Replay
Game 4 (at BOS): Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2 | Replay
Game 5 (at CAR): Hurricanes 5, Bruins 1 | Replay
Game 6 (at BOS): Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2 | Replay
Game 7 (at CAR): Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2 | Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Bruins


No. 2 New York Rangers vs. No. 3 Pittsburgh Penguins

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Panarin wins it in OT as Rangers eliminate Penguins

Artemi Panarin's power-play goal in overtime lifts the Rangers past the Penguins in Game 7.

Regular-season records:

  • Rangers: 52-24-6, 110 points

  • Penguins: 46-25-11, 103 points

Leading scorers:

Rangers advance 4-3:

Game 1 (at NYR): Penguins 4, Rangers 3 (3OT) | Replay
Game 2 (at NYR): Rangers 5, Penguins 2 | Replay
Game 3 (at PIT): Penguins 7, Rangers 4 | Replay
Game 4 (at PIT): Penguins 7, Rangers 2 | Replay
Game 5 (at NYR): Rangers 5, Penguins 3 | Replay
Game 6 (at PIT): Rangers 5, Penguins 3 | Replay
Game 7 (at NYR): Rangers 4, Penguins 3 (OT) | Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Penguins


Central Division

No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 4 Nashville Predators

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Makar tees up Nichushkin for Avs' go-ahead goal

Valeri Nichushkin's one-timer in the third period gives the Avalanche a 4-3 lead over the Predators.

Regular-season records:

  • Avalanche: 56-19-7, 119 points

  • Predators: 45-30-7, 97 points

Leading scorers:

Avalanche advance 4-0:

Game 1 (at COL): Avalanche 7, Predators 2 | Replay
Game 2 (at COL): Avalanche 2, Predators 1 (OT) | Replay
Game 3 (at NSH): Avalanche 7, Predators 3 | Replay
Game 4 (at NSH): Avalanche 5, Predators 3 | Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Predators


No. 2 Minnesota Wild vs. No. 3 St. Louis Blues

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Colton Parayko seals Blues' win with empty-net score

Colton Parayko finds the net as the Blues secure a 5-1 win over the Wild and advance to the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Regular-season records:

  • Wild: 53-22-7, 113 points

  • Blues: 49-22-11, 109 points

Leading scorers:

Blues advance 4-2:

Game 1 (at MIN): Blues 4, Wild 0 | Replay
Game 2 (at MIN): Wild 6, Blues 2 | Replay
Game 3 (at STL): Wild 5, Blues 1 | Replay
Game 4 (at STL): Blues 5, Wild 2 | Replay
Game 5 (at MIN): Blues 5, Wild 2 | Replay
Game 6 (at STL): Blues 5, Wild 1 | Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Wild


Pacific Division

No. 1 Calgary Flames vs. No. 4 Dallas Stars

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Gaudreau sends Calgary into a frenzy with series-clinching OT goal

The Scotiabank Saddledome goes wild as Johnny Gaudreau gets the overtime winner to send the Flames to the second round over the Stars.

Regular season records:

  • Flames: 50-21-11, 111 points

  • Stars: 46-30-6, 98 points

Leading scorers:

How the Flames' top line continues to ignite their offensive engine

Flames advance 4-3:

Game 1 (at CGY): Flames 1, Stars 0 | Replay
Game 2 (at CGY): Stars 2, Flames 1 | Replay
Game 3 (at DAL): Stars 4, Flames 2 | Replay
Game 4 (at DAL): Flames 4, Stars 1 | Replay
Game 5 (at CGY): Flames 3, Stars 1 | Replay
Game 6 (at DAL): Stars 4, Flames 2 | Replay
Game 7 (at CGY): Flames 3, Stars 2 (OT) | Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Stars


No. 2 Edmonton Oilers vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Kings

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McDavid wraps around to net impressive an insurance goal

Connor McDavid lets out a roar of excitement after he outworks the Kings to score a nice second-chance goal.

Regular season records:

  • Oilers: 49-27-6, 104 points

  • Kings: 44-27-11, 99 points

Leading scorers:

Oilers advance 4-3:

Game 1 (at EDM): Kings 4, Oilers 3 | Replay
Game 2 (at EDM): Oilers 6, Kings 0 | Replay
Game 3 (at LA): Oilers 8, Kings 2 | Replay
Game 4 (at LA): Kings 4, Oilers 0 | Replay
Game 5 (at EDM): Kings 5, Oilers 4 (OT) | Replay
Game 6 (at LA): Oilers 4, Kings 2 | Replay
Game 7 (at EDM): Oilers 2, Kings 0 | Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Kings