2000 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 2000 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL), began on April 12, 2000 and concluded on June 10, 2000. 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 ended when the New Jersey Devils defeated the reigning champions the Dallas Stars in a six-game series to win their second Stanley Cup title in their history. Devils defenseman Scott Stevens was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.

For the first time in history, the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens missed the playoffs in the same season. Also, the Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks both missed the playoffs in the same season for the first time since the 1955-56 season.

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

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
1  Philadelphia 4     1  Philadelphia 4  
8  Buffalo 1     7  Pittsburgh 2  

2  Washington 1 Eastern Conference
7  Pittsburgh 4  
    1  Philadelphia 3  
  4  New Jersey 4  
3  Toronto 4  
6  Ottawa 2  
4  New Jersey 4   3  Toronto 2
5  Florida 0     4  New Jersey 4  

  E4  New Jersey 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W2  Dallas 2
1  St. Louis 3     2  Dallas 4
8  San Jose 4     8  San Jose 1  
2  Dallas 4
7  Edmonton 1  
  2  Dallas 4
  3  Colorado 3  
3  Colorado 4  
6  Phoenix 1   Western Conference
4  Detroit 4   3  Colorado 4
5  Los Angeles 0     4  Detroit 1  
  • 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) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (8) Buffalo Sabres[edit]

Philadelphia won series 4–1

(2) Washington Capitals vs. (7) Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

Pittsburgh won series 4–1

(3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (6) Ottawa Senators[edit]

Toronto won series 4–2

(4) New Jersey Devils vs. (5) Florida Panthers[edit]

The Devils used quick work of the Florida Panthers, beating them in 4 straight games.

New Jersey won series 4–0

Western Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) St. Louis Blues vs. (8) San Jose Sharks[edit]

San Jose won series 4–3

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

Dallas won series 4–1

(3) Colorado Avalanche vs. (6) Phoenix Coyotes[edit]

Colorado won series 4–1

(4) Detroit Red Wings vs. (5) Los Angeles Kings[edit]

Detroit won series 4–0

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (7) Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

Game four was the third-longest game in playoff history.

Philadelphia won series 4–2

(3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (4) New Jersey Devils[edit]

Martin Brodeur set a Stanley Cup playoff record in game six for the least shots against required to record a shutout in a single game.

New Jersey won series 4–2

Western Conference Semifinals[edit]

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

Dallas won series 4–1

(3) Colorado Avalanche vs. (4) Detroit Red Wings[edit]

Colorado won series 4–1

Conference Finals[edit]

Until 2015, this had been the most recent time that both Conference Final series went the full seven games.

Eastern Conference Final[edit]

(1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (4) New Jersey Devils[edit]

The Devils overcame a 3 games to 1 deficit to defeat Philadelphia in seven games, after defeating the Flyers, 2–1, in Game 7 on Philadelphia's home-ice with Patrik Elias netting the series-winner at 17:28 of the third period of Game 7.

New Jersey won series 4–3

Western Conference Final[edit]

(2) Dallas Stars vs. (3) Colorado Avalanche[edit]

Dallas won series 4–3

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

This was the first and to date only playoff series between these two teams. Dallas made their fourth overall and second consecutive appearance in the Finals, after defeating Buffalo in six games the year before. New Jersey made their second Finals appearance and first since defeating Detroit in four games in 1995.

New Jersey won series 4–2

Playoff awards[edit]

Presidents' Trophy: St. Louis Blues
Prince of Wales Trophy: New Jersey Devils
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Dallas Stars
Conn Smythe Trophy: Scott Stevens (New Jersey)

The Playoff Scoring leader was Brett Hull of the Dallas Stars

See also[edit]

Preceded by
1999 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup Champions Succeeded by
2001 Stanley Cup playoffs

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