if you win the championship playoff series in the NHL
Hey DA Alex Ovechkin is only in his sixth year in the NHL. He has not won a Stanley cup or won a playoff series.
Of thirty teams currently playing (2010) six franchises have never made it into the Stanley Cup final playoff series. They are the... Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers, and Florida Panthers. The Panthers joined the league in 1993, and both the Wild and Blue Jackets entered the league in 2000. Brand new teams which had no prior affiliation with defunct clubs.
For the 2013 Stanley Cup, the Red Wings currently lead 2-1 in the western playoff series against the Chicago Black Hawks. They will need to win the majority of their games in there series in order to compete in the Stanley Cup Final game.
All NHL Playoff series are best of 7, meaning if you lose 4 you are out
The Stanley Cup Final is usually played in late May and early June. The exact dates are yet to be determined since they will depend on the length of the individual playoff series that precede the Stanley Cup final.
Ever since the mid-1980s, all playoff series of the Stanley Cup are decided in best-of-seven games.
All NHL playoff series, including the Cup Final, are best of seven series, meaning one team has to win four games. So, there can be a minimum of four games or a maximum of seven.