2002 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championships of the National Hockey League, was played from April until June. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Carolina Hurricanes four games to one to clinch the 10th championship in their history. The Hurricanes were in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their 23 year history, which includes their tenure as the Hartford Whalers. Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. It was the ninth championship for Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman, who announced his retirement after the deciding game of the series. The Phoenix Coyotes would play their last playoff games at America West Arena and would miss the playoffs until 2010 when they played in Glendale.

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

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.

A record 25 shutouts were recorded in the 2002 Playoffs and, for the first time since 1991, not a single team was swept in a playoff series. This is the last time that all 3 Eastern Canada teams made the playoffs together and got past 1st round.

For the first time in history, both teams from the province of Alberta, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers missed the playoffs in the same season.

Playoff seeds[edit]

A total of 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings were the Presidents' Trophy winners with 116 points.

Eastern Conference[edit]

  1. Boston BruinsNortheast Division and Eastern Conference regular season champions, 101 points
  2. Philadelphia FlyersAtlantic Division champions, 97 points
  3. Carolina HurricanesSoutheast Division champions, 91 points
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs – 100 points
  5. New York Islanders – 96 points
  6. New Jersey Devils – 95 points
  7. Ottawa Senators – 94 points
  8. Montreal Canadiens – 87 points

Western Conference[edit]

  1. Detroit Red WingsCentral Division and Western Conference regular season champions, 116 points
  2. Colorado AvalancheNorthwest Division champions, 99 points (45 wins)
  3. San Jose SharksPacific Division champions, 99 points (44 wins)
  4. St. Louis Blues – 98 points
  5. Chicago Blackhawks – 96 points
  6. Phoenix Coyotes – 95 points (40 wins, 7 points head–to–head vs. Los Angeles)
  7. Los Angeles Kings – 95 points (40 wins, 3 points head-to-head vs. Phoenix)
  8. Vancouver Canucks – 94 points

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1  Boston 2     3  Carolina 4  
8  Montreal 4     8  Montreal 2  


2  Philadelphia 1 Eastern Conference
7  Ottawa 4  
    3  Carolina 4  
  4  Toronto 2  
3  Carolina 4  
6  New Jersey 2  
4  Toronto 4   4  Toronto 4
5  NY Islanders 3     7  Ottawa 3  


  E3  Carolina 1
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1  Detroit 4
1  Detroit 4     1  Detroit 4
8  Vancouver 2     4  St. Louis 1  
2  Colorado 4
7  Los Angeles 3  
  1  Detroit 4
  2  Colorado 3  
3  San Jose 4  
6  Phoenix 1   Western Conference
4  St. Louis 4   2  Colorado 4
5  Chicago 1     3  San Jose 3  
  • 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.

Note: All dates in 2002.

Conference quarter-finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

(1) Boston Bruins vs. (8) Montreal Canadiens[edit]

After not qualifying for the last two seasons, the Bruins finished 1st in the Conference during the regular season with 101 points. The Habs, who did not qualify for the playoffs the previous three seasons, squeezed into the 2002 playoffs finishing the season with 87 points, just two points ahead of the ninth place Washington Capitals. This was the 28th playoff series played between the Bruins and the Canadiens, and first since the 1994 Eastern Conference Quarter-finals, which was won by Boston in seven games.


Montreal won series 4–2


(2) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (7) Ottawa Senators[edit]

The Flyers entered the playoffs as the second seed in the Eastern Conference after winning the Atlantic Division with 97 points. The Senators earned the seventh seed with 94 points. This was the first playoff series played between the two franchises.


Ottawa won series 4–1


(3) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (6) New Jersey Devils[edit]

The Hurricanes entered the playoffs as the third seed in the Eastern Conference after winning the Southeast Division with just 91 points. The Devils earned the sixth seed with 95 points. Although New Jersey finished the season with a better overall record and a higher point total, Carolina won their division, so they were automatically placed in the top three seeds in the conference, and were granted home ice advantage. This was the second playoff series played between the two franchises, as they met in the 2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. New Jersey won the previous series in six games.


Carolina won series 4–2


(4) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (5) New York Islanders[edit]

The Leafs entered the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, even though they finished with 100 points, 9 points higher than the third seed Carolina Hurricanes. The Islanders earned the fifth seed with 96 points. This was the third playoff series played between the two franchises, and first since 1981. The teams split the previous two playoff series 1-1.


Toronto won series 4-3


Western Conference[edit]

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (8) Vancouver Canucks[edit]

The Red Wings finished first in the league, winning the President's Trophy earning 116 points, with a colossal 17-point gap between them and the second place Colorado Avalanche. The Canucks, squeezed into the 2002 playoffs finishing the season with 94 points, just two points ahead of the ninth place Edmonton Oilers. This was the first playoff series to be played between the two teams.


Detroit won series 4–2


(2) Colorado Avalanche vs. (7) Los Angeles Kings[edit]

The Avalanche entered the playoffs as the second seed in the Western Conference with 99 points, 17 points back of the first place Detroit Red Wings. The Kings earned the seventh seed with 95 points, tied with the sixth place Phoenix Coyotes, who gained more points on games between the two clubs. This was the second playoff series played between the two franchises as they also met in the 2001 Western Conference semifinals, which was won by Colorado in 7 games. This would be the last playoff series that Los Angeles would play in until the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.


Colorado won series 4-3


(3) San Jose Sharks vs. (6) Phoenix Coyotes[edit]

The Sharks entered the playoffs as the third seed in the Western Conference with 99 points, tied in points with the second place Colorado Avalanche, however the Sharks earned one less win. The Coyotes earned the sixth seed with 95 points, tied with the seventh place Los Angeles Kings, but went ahead on points earned between teams. This was the first playoff series played between the two franchises, and the last playoff series to be played in Phoenix, as the Coyotes did not qualify again for the postseason until the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, after the team moved to suburban Glendale.


San Jose won series 4-1


(4) St. Louis Blues vs. (5) Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

(4)St. Louis vs. (5)Chicago
Date Away Home
April 18 Chicago 2 1 St. Louis
April 20 Chicago 0 2 St. Louis
April 21 St. Louis 4 0 Chicago
April 23 St. Louis 1 0 Chicago
April 25 Chicago 3 5 St. Louis
St. Louis wins series 4–1

Conference semi-finals[edit]

Eastern Conference
(3)Carolina vs. (8)Montreal
Date Away Home
May 3 Montreal 0 2 Carolina
May 5 Montreal 4 1 Carolina
May 7 Carolina 1 2 Montreal OT
May 9 Carolina 4 3 Montreal OT
May 12 Montreal 1 5 Carolina
May 13 Carolina 8 2 Montreal
Carolina wins series 4–2
(4)Toronto vs. (7)Ottawa
Date Away Home
May 2 Ottawa 5 0 Toronto
May 4 Ottawa 2 3 Toronto 3OT
May 6 Toronto 2 3 Ottawa
May 8 Toronto 2 1 Ottawa
May 10 Ottawa 4 2 Toronto
May 12 Toronto 4 3 Ottawa
May 14 Ottawa 0 3 Toronto
Toronto wins series 4–3
Western Conference
(1)Detroit vs. (4)St. Louis
Date Away Home
May 2 St. Louis 0 2 Detroit
May 4 St. Louis 2 3 Detroit
May 7 Detroit 1 6 St. Louis
May 9 Detroit 4 3 St. Louis
May 11 St. Louis 0 4 Detroit
Detroit wins series 4–1
(2)Colorado vs. (3)San Jose
Date Away Home
May 1 San Jose 6 3 Colorado
May 4 San Jose 2 8 Colorado
May 6 Colorado 4 6 San Jose
May 8 Colorado 4 1 San Jose
May 11 San Jose 5 3 Colorado
May 13 Colorado 2 1 San Jose OT
May 15 San Jose 0 1 Colorado
Colorado wins series 4–3

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference
(3)Carolina vs. (4)Toronto
Date Away Home
May 16 Toronto 2 1 Carolina
May 19 Toronto 1 2 Carolina OT
May 21 Carolina 2 1 Toronto OT
May 23 Carolina 3 0 Toronto
May 25 Toronto 1 0 Carolina
May 28 Carolina 2 1 Toronto OT
Carolina wins series 4–2 and
Prince of Wales Trophy
Western Conference
(1)Detroit vs. (2)Colorado
Date Away Home
May 18 Colorado 3 5 Detroit
May 20 Colorado 4 3 Detroit OT
May 22 Detroit 2 1 Colorado OT
May 25 Detroit 2 3 Colorado
May 27 Colorado 2 1 Detroit OT
May 29 Detroit 2 0 Colorado
May 31 Colorado 0 7 Detroit
Detroit wins series 4–3 and
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

(W1)Detroit vs. (E3)Carolina
Date Away Home
June 4 Carolina 3 2 Detroit OT
June 6 Carolina 1 3 Detroit
June 8 Detroit 3 2 Carolina 3OT1
June 10 Detroit 3 0 Carolina
June 13 Carolina 1 3 Detroit
Detroit wins series 4–1
and Stanley Cup
Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

1As of 2008, the playoff game on June 8, 2002 between Detroit and Carolina is the 18th longest NHL overtime game. 54 minutes and 47 seconds of overtime were played before Igor Larionov of Detroit scored the game-winning goal. It is also the longest home debut in Stanley Cup Finals history. Larionov had just broken his own record for oldest player to score a final-round goal, set less than 2 hours previous. He was 42 years and 172 days old at the time.

Playoff Awards[edit]

Conn Smythe Trophy: Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit)

Player statistics[edit]

Despite getting eliminated by the Red Wings in the Western Conference Final, Colorado forward Peter Forsberg led the playoffs in points with 18 assists and 9 goals. Brett Hull of the Detroit Red Wings led the playoffs with ten goals.

Skaters[edit]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg Colorado Avalanche 20 9 18 27 +8 20
Yzerman, SteveSteve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings 23 6 17 23 +4 10
Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic Colorado Avalanche 21 9 10 19 -2 4
Shanahan, BrendanBrendan Shanahan Detroit Red Wings 23 8 11 19 +5 20
Roberts, GaryGary Roberts Toronto Maple Leafs 19 7 12 19 +6 56
Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov Detroit Red Wings 23 5 14 19 +4 20
Hull, BrettBrett Hull Detroit Red Wings 23 10 8 18 +1 4
Francis, RonRon Francis Carolina Hurricanes 23 6 10 16 –2 6
Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 23 5 11 16 +6 2
McCauley, AlynAlyn McCauley Toronto Maple Leafs 20 5 10 15 +3 4

Goaltending[edit]

These are the top six goaltenders based on either goals against average with at least four games played.

GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA Sv% TOI SO
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime Ottawa Senators 12 7 5 332 18 1.39 .946 777:44 4
Weekes, KevinKevin Weekes Carolina Hurricanes 8 3 2 180 11 1.62 .939 407:34 2
Irbe, ArtursArturs Irbe Carolina Hurricanes 18 10 8 480 30 1.67 .938 1078:17 1
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 6 2 4 145 9 1.42 .938 381:08 1
Cechmanek, RomanRoman Cechmanek Philadelphia Flyers 4 1 3 109 7 1.85 .936 226:39 1
Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson St. Louis Blues 10 5 5 252 18 1.83 .929 590:15 3

See also[edit]

Preceded by
2001 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup Champions Succeeded by
2003 Stanley Cup playoffs

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