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STANLEY CUP FINALS
Washington vs. Detroit
June 9: Detroit, 2-1
June 11: Detroit, 5-4 (OT)
June 13: Detroit, 2-1
June 16: Detroit, 4-1
(Detroit Wins Stanley Cup, 4-0)


CONFERENCE FINALS
Best of Seven

Eastern Conference

Washington vs. Buffalo
May 23: Buffalo, 2-0
May 25: Washington, 3-2 (OT)
May 28: Washington, 4-3 (OT)
May 30: Washington, 2-0
June 2: Buffalo, 2-1
June 4: Washington, 3-2 (OT)
(Washington Wins Series, 4-2)

Western Conference

Dallas vs. Detroit
May 24: Detroit, 2-0
May 26: Dallas, 3-1
May 29: Detroit, 5-3
May 31: Detroit, 3-2
June 3: Dallas, 3-2
June 5: Detroit, 2-0
(Detroit Wins Series, 4-2)


CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Best of Seven

Eastern Conference

Washington vs. Ottawa
May 7: Washington, 4-2
May 9: Washington, 6-1
May 11: Ottawa, 4-3
May 13: Washington, 2-0
May 15: Washington, 3-0
(Washington Wins Series, 4-1)

Buffalo vs. Montreal
May 8: Buffalo, 3-2
May 10: Buffalo, 6-3
May 12: Buffalo, 5-4 (2 OT)
May 14: Buffalo, 3-1
(Buffalo Wins Series, 4-0)

Western Conference

Dallas vs. Edmonton
May 7: Dallas, 3-1
May 9: Edmonton, 2-0
May 11: Dallas, 1-0 (OT)
May 13: Dallas, 3-1
May 16: Dallas, 2-1
(Dallas Wins Series, 4-1)

Detroit vs. St. Louis
May 8: St. Louis, 4-2
May 10: Detroit, 6-1
May 12: Detroit, 3-2 (2 OT)
May 14: Detroit, 5-2
May 17: St. Louis, 3-1
May 19: Detroit, 6-1
(Detroit Wins Series, 4-2)


FIRST ROUND
Best of Seven Games

Eastern Conference

No. 1 New Jersey vs. No. 8 Ottawa
April 22: Ottawa, 2-1 (OT)
April 24: New Jersey, 3-1
April 26: Ottawa, 2-1 (OT)
April 28: Ottawa, 4-3
April 30: New Jersey, 3-1
May 2: Ottawa, 3-1
(Ottawa Wins Series, 4-2)

No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 7 Montreal
April 23: Montreal, 3-2 (OT)
April 25: Pittsburgh, 4-1
April 27: Montreal, 3-1
April 29: Pittsburgh, 6-3
May 1: Montreal, 5-2
May 3: Montreal, 3-0
(Montreal Wins Series, 4-2)

No. 3 Philadelphia vs. No. 6 Buffalo
April 22: Buffalo, 3-2
April 24: Philadelphia, 3-2
April 27: Buffalo, 6-1
April 29: Buffalo, 4-1
May 1: Buffalo, 3-2 (OT)
(Buffalo Wins Series, 4-1)

No. 4 Washington vs. No. 5 Boston
April 22: Washington, 3-1
April 24: Boston, 4-3 (2OT)
April 26: Washington, 3-2 (2OT)
April 28: Washington, 3-0
May 1: Boston, 4-0
May 3: Washington, 3-2 (OT)
(Washington Wins Series, 4-2)

Western Conference

No. 1 Dallas vs. No. 8 San Jose
April 22: Dallas, 4-1
April 24: Dallas, 5-2
April 26: San Jose 4-1
April 28: San Jose, 1-0 (OT)
April 30: Dallas, 3-2
May 2: Dallas, 3-2 (OT)
(Dallas Wins Series, 4-2)

No. 2 Colorado vs. No. 7 Edmonton
April 22: Edmonton, 3-2
April 24: Colorado, 5-2
April 26: Colorado, 5-4 (OT)
April 28: Colorado, 3-1
April 30: Edmonton 3-1
April 30: Edmonton 2-0
May 4: Edmonton, 4-0
(Edmonton Wins Series, 4-3)

No. 3 Detroit vs. No. 6 Phoenix
April 22: Detroit, 6-3
April 24: Phoenix, 7-4
April 26: Phoenix, 3-2
April 28: Detroit, 4-2
April 30: Detroit, 3-1
May 3: Detroit, 5-2
(Detroit Wins Series, 4-2)

No. 4 St. Louis vs. No. 5 Los Angeles
April 23: St. Louis, 8-3
April 25: St. Louis, 2-1
April 27: St. Louis, 4-3
April 29: St. Louis, 2-1
(St. Louis Wins Series, 4-0)

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