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2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Central: Schedule, scores, highlights

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Boston scores 4 goals in the 3rd period to defeat Toronto in Game 7 as they advance to the next round of the NHL playoffs. (0:35)

From the first round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN.com has you covered. Check out the full playoff picture and coverage on each team and series.

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Thursday's schedule

All times Eastern

Penguins at Capitals, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN
Sharks at Golden Knights, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN

Conference Semi-Finals


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Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic No. 1) vs. Boston Bruins (Atlantic No. 2)

It took the Bruins a bit longer to get there than the Lightning, but the Atlantic Division's two titans will square off in Round 2. The Bruins won three of four matchups against the Lightning in the regular season, outscoring them 10-8.

Game 1: Sat., Apr. 28 @ TB | Tickets
Game 2: Mon., Apr. 30 @ TB | Tickets
Game 3: Weds., May 2 @ BOS
Game 4: Fri., May 4 @ BOS
Game 5: Sun., May 6 @ TB
Game 6: Tues., May 8 @ BOS
Game 7: Thurs., May 10 @ TB


Washington Capitals (Metro No. 1) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (Metro No. 2)

As is tradition, the Caps and Pens are poised to square off in the second round yet again. Will the result be any different this time?

Game 1: Thu., Apr. 26 @ WSH | Tickets
Game 2: Sun., Apr. 29 @ WSH | Tickets
Game 3: Tues., May 1 @ PIT
Game 4: Thurs., May 3 @ PIT
Game 5: Sat., May 5 @ WSH
Game 6: Mon., May 7 @ PIT
Game 7: Weds., May 9 @ WSH


Nashville Predators (Central No. 1) vs. Winnipeg Jets (Central No. 2)

The Predators and Jets had some epic, playoff-esque clashes in the regular season, and some believe the winner of this series is a shoo-in to make the Stanley Cup Final.

Game 1: Fri., Apr. 27 @ NSH | Tickets
Game 2: Sun., Apr. 29 @ NSH
Game 3: Tues., May 1 @ WPG
Game 4: Thurs., May 3 @ WPG
Game 5: Sat., May 5 @ NSH
Game 6: Mon., May 7 @ WPG
Game 7: Thurs., May 10 @ NSH


Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific No. 1) vs. San Jose Sharks (Pacific No. 2)

The Knights were 3-0-1 vs. the Sharks in 2017-18, outscoring them 14-11; both teams swept their first-round series. Who will emerge from this matchup?

Game 1: Thu., Apr. 26 @ VGS | Tickets
Game 2: Sat., Apr. 28 @ VGS
Game 3: Mon., Apr. 30 @ SJ
Game 4: Weds., May 2 @ SJ
Game 5: Fri., May 4 @ VGS
Game 6: Sun., May 6 @ SJ
Game 7: Tues., May 8 @ VGS

First Round

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic No. 1) vs. New Jersey Devils (wild card No. 2)

Game 1: Lightning 5, Devils 2
Game 2: Lightning 5, Devils 3
Game 3: Devils 5, Lightning 2
Game 4: Lightning 3, Devils 1
Game 5: Lightning 3, Devils 1


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

Game 1: Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1
Game 2: Bruins 7, Maple Leafs 3
Game 3: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 2
Game 4: Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 1
Game 5: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 3
Game 6: Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 1
Game 7: Bruins 7, Maple Leafs 4


Washington Capitals (Metro No. 1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (wild card No. 1)

Game 1: Blue Jackets 4, Capitals 3 (OT)
Game 2: Blue Jackets 5, Capitals 4 (OT)
Game 3: Capitals 3, Blue Jackets 2 (2OT)
Game 4: Capitals 4, Blue Jackets 1
Game 5: Capitals 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT)
Game 6: Capitals 6, Blue Jackets 3


Pittsburgh Penguins (Metro No. 2) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Metro No. 3)

Game 1: Penguins 7, Flyers 0
Game 2: Flyers 5, Penguins 1
Game 3: Penguins 5, Flyers 1
Game 4: Penguins 5, Flyers 0
Game 5: Flyers 4, Penguins 2
Game 6: Penguins 8, Flyers 5

Western Conference

Nashville Predators (Central No. 1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (wild card No. 2)

Game 1: Predators 5, Avs 2
Game 2: Predators 5, Avs 3
Game 3: Avs 5, Predators 3
Game 4: Predators 3, Avs 2
Game 5: Avs 2, Predators 1
Game 6: Predators 5, Avs 0


Winnipeg Jets (Central No. 2) vs. Minnesota Wild (Central No. 3)

Game 1: Jets 3, Wild 2
Game 2: Jets 4, Wild 1
Game 3: Wild 6, Jets 2
Game 4: Jets 2, Wild 0
Game 5: Jets 5, Wild 0


Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific No. 1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (wild card No. 1)

Game 1: Golden Knights 1, Kings 0
Game 2: Golden Knights 2, Kings 1 (2OT)
Game 3: Golden Knights 3, Kings 2
Game 4: Golden Knights 1, Kings 0


Anaheim Ducks (Pacific No. 2) vs. San Jose Sharks (Pacific No. 3)

Game 1: Sharks 3, Ducks 0
Game 2: Sharks 3, Ducks 2
Game 3: Sharks 8, Ducks 1
Game 4: Sharks 2, Ducks 1