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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Central: Schedule, scores, highlights, analysis

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Schwartz's hat trick propels Blues to next round (1:10)

Jaden Schwartz tallies a hat trick in the Blues' series-clinching Game 6 win against the Jets. (1:10)

From the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs all the way through the Final, ESPN has you covered. Check out the full playoff picture, including previews, analysis, highlights, scores and more for each team and series.

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First Round


Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic No. 1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Wild card No. 2)

The unthinkable has happened: The Columbus Blue Jackets have swept the Tampa Bay Lightning out of the playoffs in the first round. Tampa tied the NHL record for regular season wins, and failed to win a single game in the postseason. The Jackets advance with a 7-3 Game 4 victory, their first playoff series win in franchise history.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN5d ago

Game 1 (@TB): Blue Jackets 4, Lightning 3 | Recap
Game 2 (@TB): Blue Jackets 5, Lightning 1 | Recap
Game 3 (@CBJ): Blue Jackets 3, Lightning 1 | Recap
Game 4 (@CBJ): Blue Jackets 7, Lightning 3 | Recap


Boston Bruins (Atlantic No. 2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Atlantic No. 3)

The Bruins-Maple Leafs matchup seemed preordained for months. Can the addition of John Tavares carry the rest of the Leafs to finally slay their demons?

Game 1 (@BOS): Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 1 | Recap
Game 2 (@BOS): Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1 | Recap
Game 3 (@TOR): Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2 | Recap
Game 4 (@TOR): Bruins 6, Maple Leafs 4 | Recap
Game 5 (@BOS): Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1 | Recap
Game 6 (@TOR): Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m. ET | Tickets | Gamecast
Game 7 (@BOS): Tuesday, April 23 | Tickets | Gamecast


Washington Capitals (Metro No. 1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Wild card No. 1)

The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals look as strong as ever heading into the playoffs. But the Hurricanes have been proving doubters wrong all season -- and having lots of fun while at it.

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Backstrom, Ovechkin power Caps to 6-0 win

Nicklas Backstrom scores twice while Alex Ovechkin hits the back of the net late in the Capitals' 6-0 win over the Hurricanes in Game 5.

Game 1 (@WSH): Capitals 4, Hurricanes 2 | Recap
Game 2 (@WSH): Capitals 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT) | Recap
Game 3 (@CAR): Hurricanes 5, Capitals 0 | Recap
Game 4 (@CAR): Hurricanes 2, Capitals 1 | Recap
Game 5 (@WSH): Capitals 6, Hurricanes 0 | Recap
Game 6 (@CAR): Monday, April 22, 7 p.m. ET | Tickets | Gamecast
Game 7 (@WSH): Wednesday, April 24 | Tickets | Gamecast


New York Islanders (Metro No. 2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (Metro No. 3)

The Islanders were one of the NHL's best stories this season, while the Penguins still feature a one-two punch of all-time legends in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Game 1 (@NYI): Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (OT) | Recap
Game 2 (@NYI): Islanders 3, Penguins 1 | Recap
Game 3 (@PIT): Islanders 4, Penguins 1 | Recap
Game 4 (@PIT): Islanders 3, Penguins 1 | Recap


Western Conference

Nashville Predators (Central No. 1) vs. Dallas Stars (Wild card No. 1)

The Predators look poised for another deep run in the playoffs. But Tyler Seguin and the Stars are standing in their way in the first round.

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Stars snag Game 5 behind Radulov's pair of goals

Alexander Radulov buries two goals on the road as the Stars take a 3-2 series lead against the Predators.

Game 1 (@NSH): Stars 3, Predators 2 | Recap
Game 2 (@NSH): Predators 2, Stars 1 (OT) | Recap
Game 3 (@DAL): Predators 3, Stars 2 | Recap
Game 4 (@DAL): Stars 5, Predators 1 | Recap
Game 5 (@NSH): Stars 5, Predators 3 | Recap
Game 6 (@DAL): Monday, April 22, 8:30 p.m. ET | Tickets | Gamecast
Game 7 (@NSH): Wednesday, April 24 | Tickets | Gamecast


Winnipeg Jets (Central No. 2) vs. St. Louis Blues (Central No. 3)

The Jets entered the season among the top Stanley Cup favorites, but they faltered a bit due to injuries. Meanwhile, the Blues came back from the depths of the Western Conference basement, and they were one of the hottest teams in the second half of the season.

Game 1 (@WPG): Blues 2, Jets 1 | Recap
Game 2 (@WPG): Blues 4, Jets 3 | Recap
Game 3 (@STL): Jets 6, Blues 3 | Recap
Game 4 (@STL): Jets 2, Blues 1 (OT) | Recap
Game 5 (@WPG): Blues 3, Jets 2 | Recap
Game 6 (@STL): Blues 3, Jets 2 | Recap


Calgary Flames (Pacific No. 1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (Wild card No. 2)

The Flames roared to the top of the Western Conference this season on the strength of a Hart Trophy-caliber campaign from Johnny Gaudreau, while the Avalanche narrowly qualified for the playoffs.

Game 1 (@CGY): Flames 4, Avalanche 0 | Recap
Game 2 (@CGY): Avalanche 3, Flames 2 (OT) | Recap
Game 3 (@COL): Avalanche 6, Flames 2 | Recap
Game 4 (@COL): Avalanche 3, Flames 2 (OT) | Recap
Game 5 (@CGY): Avalanche 5, Flames 1 | Recap


San Jose Sharks (Pacific No. 2) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific No. 3)

The evenly matched Sharks and Golden Knights will square off in a matchup that may well go down as the best of the entire playoffs.

Game 1 (@SJ): Sharks 5, Golden Knights 2 | Recap
Game 2 (@SJ): Golden Knights 5, Sharks 3 | Recap
Game 3 (@VGS): Golden Knights 6, Sharks 3 | Recap
Game 4 (@VGS): Golden Knights 5, Sharks 0 | Recap
Game 5 (@SJ): Sharks 5, Golden Knights 2 | Recap
Game 6 (@VGS): Sunday, April 21, 7 p.m. ET | Tickets | Gamecast
Game 7 (@SJ): Tuesday, April 23 | Tickets | Gamecast