NHL Playoff Central: Matchups, schedules & results for every round

Four teams. Four big markets. One bigger goal. And we've got you covered, from first puck-drop to final handshake.

The Stanley Cup Final is set. Thanks to Henrik Lundqvist and some inspiring injured stars, the New York Rangers are bringing hockey's biggest stage to the world's biggest stage for the first time in 20 years.

And for good measure, Hollywood is getting into the act as the Kings knocked off the reigning champion Blackhawks in a seven-game Western Conference final for the ages.

Certainly, the Kings will take a berth in the Cup Final, regardless of the path taken. But LA needed seven games in all three series to get to the Final — something no team has ever done before. So will fatigue be a factor for the 2012 champs?

But before we take in the Final, take a look at how we got here, with all the scores, schedules and recaps from all three rounds in our Playoff Central.



All times Eastern

* — If necessary


  New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens  

Rangers win series 4-2

Game 1: Rangers 7, Canadiens 2

Game 2: Rangers 3, Canadiens 1

Game 3: Canadiens 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

Game 4: Rangers 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)

Game 5: Canadiens 7, Rangers 4

Game 6: Rangers 1, Canadiens 0


  Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks  

Kings win series 4-3

Game 1: Blackhawks 3, Kings 1

Game 2: Kings 6, Blackhawks 2

Game 3: Kings 4, Blackhawks 3

Game 4: Kings 5, Blackhawks 2

Game 5: Blackhawks 5, Kings 4 (2OT)

Game 6: Blackhawks 4, Kings 3

Game 7: Kings 5, Blackhawks 4 (OT)

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