1998 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 1998 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL), began on April 22, 1998 following the 1997–98 regular season. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-7 series for conference quarterfinals, semifinals and championships, and then the conference champions played a best-of-7 series for the Stanley Cup.

The playoffs concluded on June 16 with the Detroit Red Wings winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship, defeating the Washington Capitals, who were in their very first Finals, in a four game sweep. Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman was named playoff MVP, and awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy. As of today, the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings are the last team to defend their Stanley Cup Championship.

In the Eastern Semis, the Buffalo Sabres made history as they became the first team in NHL history to complete a four game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens on Montreal ice.

For the first time in history, both the Islanders and Rangers missed the playoffs in the same season. Also for the first time since 1969 the Chicago Blackhawks missed the playoffs.

The Stanley Cup, awarded to the champion of the NHL.

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1  New Jersey 2     4  Washington 4  
8  Ottawa 4     8  Ottawa 1  


2  Pittsburgh 2 Eastern Conference
7  Montreal 4  
    4  Washington 4  
  6  Buffalo 2  
3  Philadelphia 1  
6  Buffalo 4  
4  Washington 4   6  Buffalo 4
5  Boston 2     7  Montreal 0  


  E4  Washington 0
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W3  Detroit 4
1  Dallas 4     1  Dallas 4
8  San Jose 2     7  Edmonton 1  
2  Colorado 3
7  Edmonton 4  
  1  Dallas 2
  3  Detroit 4  
3  Detroit 4  
6  Phoenix 2   Western Conference
4  St. Louis 4   3  Detroit 4
5  Los Angeles 0     4  St. Louis 2  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) New Jersey Devils vs. (8) Ottawa Senators[edit]

Ottawa won series 4–2


(2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (7) Montreal Canadiens[edit]

Montreal won series 4–2


(3) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (6) Buffalo Sabres[edit]

Buffalo won series 4–1


(4) Washington Capitals vs. (5) Boston Bruins[edit]

Washington won series 4–2


Western Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) Dallas Stars vs. (8) San Jose Sharks[edit]

Dallas won series 4–2


(2) Colorado Avalanche vs. (7) Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Edmonton won series 4–3


(3) Detroit Red Wings vs. (6) Phoenix Coyotes[edit]

Detroit won series 4–2


(4) St. Louis Blues vs. (5) Los Angeles Kings[edit]

St. Louis won series 4–0


Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

(4) Washington Capitals vs. (8) Ottawa Senators[edit]

Washington won series 4–1


(6) Buffalo Sabres vs. (7) Montreal Canadiens[edit]

Buffalo won series 4–0


Western Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Dallas Stars vs. (7) Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Dallas won series 4–1


(3) Detroit Red Wings vs. (4) St. Louis Blues[edit]

Detroit won series 4–2


Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Final[edit]

(4) Washington Capitals vs. (6) Buffalo Sabres[edit]

Washington won series 4–2


Western Conference Final[edit]

(1) Dallas Stars vs. (3) Detroit Red Wings[edit]

Detroit won series 4–2


Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

This was the first and to date only playoff series between these two teams. Detroit made their twenty-first and second consecutive Finals appearance, while Washington made their first Finals appearance in their twenty-fourth season. Detroit entered this series as the defending Stanley Cup champions. As of 2014 this was the last time that the Stanley Cup was successfully defended by the previous year's champion.


Detroit won series 4–0


Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Team GP G A Pts
Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings 22 6 18 24
Sergei Fedorov Detroit Red Wings 22 10 10 20
Tomas Holmstrom Detroit Red Wings 22 7 12 19
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 22 6 13 19
Joe Juneau Washington Capitals 21 7 10 17
Adam Oates Washington Capitals 21 6 11 17
Martin Lapointe Detroit Red Wings 21 9 6 15
Larry Murphy Detroit Red Wings 22 3 12 15
Vyacheslav Kozlov Detroit Red Wings 22 6 8 14
Mike Modano Dallas Stars 17 4 10 14
Preceded by
1997 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup Champions Succeeded by
1999 Stanley Cup playoffs

See also[edit]