NHL playoffs 2018 Bracket: It's the Capitals and Golden Knights in a wild Stanley Cup Final

Say it out loud: The Washington Capitals are going to the Stanley Cup Final. 

Alex Ovechkin, in his 11th career Game 7, made sure of it early in Wednesday night in Tampa just 62 seconds into the game with a blast from 40 feet out that found the back of the net. 

And, holy smokes, what a Stanley Cup Final we've, with the Cinderella Vegas Golden Knights awaiting Ovi and the never-say-die Caps. The Golden Knights are going to the Stanley Cup Final in their very first season after punching their ticket to the championship round by defeating the juggernaut Winnipeg Jets in just five games, shocking the world in the process. 

Who will survive to raise the greatest trophy in pro sports at the end of it all?  We've got you covered with how to stay on top of all the action. Be sure to check out the full TV schedule for rest of the second round, and stay on top of our individual first-round series breakdowns across both conferences. Here's the full playoff bracket as well, showing each team's road to the Stanley Cup Final. 

CBSSports.com illustration by Mike Meredith

NHL Western Conference Playoff Bracket

The Vegas Golden Knights, who at one point held 500-to-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup, are your Western Conference champs in their inaugural season. Who saw that coming?

First Round

Second Round

NHL Eastern Conference Playoff Bracket

The Capitals finally did it! They beat the Penguins and advance to the third round for the first time in the Alex Ovechkin era. Tampa Bay made quick work of the Bruins and look to be the strongest team the East has to offer at this point.

First Round

Second Round

Conference Finals

*Note: WC = wild card team

Pete Blackburn is from Boston, so there's a good chance you don't like him already. He has been a writer at CBS Sports since 2017 and usually aims to take a humorous and light-hearted approach to the often... Full Bio

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