Stanley Cup playoffs

The Stanley Cup playoffs is an elimination tournament in the National Hockey League (NHL) consisting of four rounds of best-of-seven series to determine the league champion and the winner of the Stanley Cup. Eight teams from each of the two conferences qualify for the playoffs based on regular season points totals. The final round is commonly known as the Stanley Cup Finals, which matches the two conference champions.

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Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals one victory away from the second round.
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The quest for the 2019 Stanley Cup is underway. One memorable photo from each game of the playoffs.
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We want a redo. All four members of USA TODAY Sports' NHL panel picked the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup, and, boy, were we quite wrong.
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