2004 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs for the National Hockey League began on April 7, 2004, following the 2003–04 regular season. The playoffs ended with the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup with a seven-game series win over the Calgary Flames on June 7. It was Tampa Bay's first Stanley Cup victory. It was the Flames' third final appearance, as they came this far in 1986 and 1989, winning the latter. The sixteen qualified teams, eight from each conference, played best-of-seven games for conference quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The winner of each conference proceeded to the Stanley Cup Finals. The format was identical to the one introduced for the 1999 playoffs. Don Cherry called this the greatest playoffs he has seen in 20 years.

These playoffs marked the first time the Nashville Predators qualified, being in their sixth season in the NHL. The future champions from Tampa Bay saw playoff action for the third time. This would be the last time that all eastern Canada teams would make the playoffs together until 2013. Also, this is the last time that neither Los Angeles Kings or Anaheim Ducks made it to the playoffs.

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

Playoff seeds[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning - Southeast Division and Eastern Conference regular season champions, 106 points
  2. Boston Bruins - Northeast Division champions, 104 points
  3. Philadelphia Flyers - Atlantic Division champions, 101 points
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs - 103 points
  5. Ottawa Senators - 102 points
  6. New Jersey Devils - 100 points
  7. Montreal Canadiens - 93 points
  8. New York Islanders - 91 points

Western Conference[edit]

  1. Detroit Red Wings - Central Division and Western Conference regular season champions; Presidents' Trophy winners, 109 points
  2. San Jose Sharks - Pacific Division champions, 104 points
  3. Vancouver Canucks - Northwest Division champions, 101 points
  4. Colorado Avalanche - 100 points
  5. Dallas Stars - 97 points
  6. Calgary Flames - 94 points
  7. St. Louis Blues - 91 points (39 wins)
  8. Nashville Predators - 91 points (38 wins)

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
1  Tampa Bay 4     1  Tampa Bay 4  
8  NY Islanders 1     7  Montreal 0  

2  Boston 3 Eastern Conference
7  Montreal 4  
    1  Tampa Bay 4  
  3  Philadelphia 3  
3  Philadelphia 4  
6  New Jersey 1  
4  Toronto 4   3  Philadelphia 4
5  Ottawa 3     4  Toronto 2  

  E1  Tampa Bay 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W6  Calgary 3
1  Detroit 4     1  Detroit 2
8  Nashville 2     6  Calgary 4  
2  San Jose 4
7  St. Louis 1  
  6  Calgary 4
  2  San Jose 2  
3  Vancouver 3  
6  Calgary 4   Western Conference
4  Colorado 4   2  San Jose 4
5  Dallas 1     4  Colorado 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) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (8) New York Islanders[edit]

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered the playoffs as the Eastern Conference regular season and Southeast Division champions with 106 points. New York qualified as the eighth seed earning 91 points during the regular season. This was the first and to date only playoff series between these two teams. The Islanders won three of the four games in this year's season series.

Games one and two saw goaltenders Nikolai Khabibulin of the Lightning and Rick DiPietro of the Islanders trade 3–0 shutouts, with Tampa Bay winning game one and New York winning game two. In games three and four, Nikolai Khabibulin shut out the Islanders winning both games by a score of 3–0. In game five Martin St. Louis scored the game-winner four minutes into overtime.

Tampa Bay won series 4–1

(2) Boston Bruins vs. (7) Montreal Canadiens[edit]

The Boston Bruins entered the playoffs as the Northeast Division champions earning the second seed in the Eastern Conference with 104 points. Montreal qualified as the seventh seed earning 93 points during the regular season. This was the thirtieth playoff series between these two teams, with Montreal winning twenty-two of the twenty-nine previous series. They last met in the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals where Montreal won in six games.

In game one the Bruins won a low scoring game 3–0, behind a 31 save shutout from goalie Andrew Raycroft. In game two Andrew Raycroft allowed one goal and Boston won the game 2–1. Montreal won game three 3–2. The Canadiens were pushed to the brink of elimination with a 4–3 double-overtime loss in game four. Montreal won game five by a score of 5–1, scoring three third period goals to break open a close game. Montreal forced a game seven with a 5–2 victory in game six. Montreal completed the comeback with a 2–0 victory in game seven, as goaltender Jose Theodore shutout the Bruins making 32 saves.

Montreal won series 4–3

(3) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (6) New Jersey Devils[edit]

Game one of the series at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia saw the Flyers win, 3–2. Game two saw another well-played, close game, with Philadelphia again winning, 3–2. Game three at Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey saw the first game of the series not decided by one goal, a 4–2 Devils victory. With a chance to tie the series heading back to Philadelphia, the New Jersey attack was completely stonewalled by Flyers goalie Robert Esche in a 3–0 shutout victory for the Flyers. Esche had 35 saves. Back in Philadelphia for game five, the Flyers finished off the Devils with a 3–1 victory.

Philadelphia won series 4–1

(4) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (5) Ottawa Senators[edit]

The 4–5 matchup in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals was billed as the Battle of Ontario. The Senators would have had home ice advantage, however on the final day of the regular season, the Maple Leafs routed Ottawa 6–0. Therefore giving the Leafs the higher seeding. Game one, at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, saw Ottawa pull out a 4–2 victory. Needing a victory to avoid going down two games to Ottawa, the Maple Leafs came through with 2–0 win on the strength of a 31-save shutout by Ed Belfour.

Game three of the series shifted venue to Ottawa's Corel Centre, but the result was the same: Toronto won, 2–0, behind another Belfour shutout, and this time Belfour stopped 37 shots. Ottawa finally broke through the wall Belfour had put up in net, winning game four, 4–1.

With the series back in Toronto for a crucial game five, Belfour posted his third shutout of the series in yet another 2–0 Toronto victory. This was a clear indication of the strength of the Toronto defense, and the Senators bleak offense. Facing elimination on home ice in game six, Ottawa won, 2–1 in double-overtime. The series went back to Toronto for the third time, this time for a game seven. Toronto relied on what brought them the first three victories of the series: goalie Belfour, who all but denied Ottawa's offense in a 4–1, series-clinching win. Patrick Lalime gave up two questionable goals by Joe Nieuwendyk before being pulled after the first period and replaced by backup Martin Prusek by head coach Jacques Martin. It would be the last game in an Ottawa uniform for Lalime, and the last game as Ottawa head coach for Martin.

Toronto won series 4–3

Western Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (8) Nashville Predators[edit]

At Detroit's Joe Louis Arena for game one, the Red Wings shook off a slow start and got goals from Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom and Robert Lang and posted a 3–1 victory. Game two saw a closer game, but Detroit still won the game, 2–1 on Mathieu Schneider's game-winning goal.

However, at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center for games three and four, Nashville made it a series by taking both games, tying the series 2–2 headed back to Detroit. After a 3–1 game three victory, Nashville one-upped themselves with a 3–0 game four victory as goalie Tomas Vokoun posted a 37-save shutout. Game four also saw Detroit goalie Manny Legace being yanked in favor of Curtis Joseph.

Back in Detroit for game five, Joseph got the start in goal for the Red Wings, and the decision paid off: the Red Wings dominated the Predators, winning 4–1. When the series returned to Nashville for game six, Joseph shut out the Predators to end their season in a 2–0 victory. It was a relatively easy victory for Joseph, as the Red Wings defense allowed only 15 Predator shots on goal.

Detroit won series 4–2

(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (7) St. Louis Blues[edit]

The Sharks had made the playoffs for the first time since missing them the previous season. For the Blues, it was a struggle just to make the postseason. They fired coach Joel Quenneville at the risk of missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter of a century. Assistant coach Mike Kitchen was promoted to interim coach, and under him the Blues posted a 10–7–4 record, good enough for a playoff berth.

Game one of the series at San Jose's HP Pavilion saw a defensive battle, with San Jose winning the game, 1–0, on the strength of a 26-save shutout from Evgeni Nabokov. Chris Osgood was equally strong in net for the Blues, but allowed a goal to Niko Dimitrakos in the first overtime. Nabokov gave up only one goal in game two, a 3–1 Sharks victory highlighted by Patrick Marleau's hat trick. "I don't think they really gave the players a chance to play in game two, and it kind of threw us off balance right from the start of the game," St. Louis coach Mike Kitchen said. "Some calls we deserved, and some calls weren't strong calls on the referees' part."

In St. Louis at the Savvis Center for game three, the Blues used home-ice advantage to post a 4–1 victory and half their series deficit, getting a hat trick from Mike Sillinger. The next night, in game four, saw a back-and-forth game that ultimately went to San Jose, 4–3. With a chance to knock out the Blues at home in game five, they did just that, winning the game 3–1. The Blues would not see the playoffs again until after the lockout in 2009.

On a more serious note, shortly after the series, St. Louis left wing Mike Danton, who scored one goal in the series, was arrested, charged, and convicted in a conspiracy to murder his agent, David Frost.

San Jose won series 4–1

(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) Calgary Flames[edit]

The Canucks had won the division, and were riding a 6-game winning streak. Dan Cloutier served as the starting goalie, and fared pretty well during the season. The Flames had used a run of 10–2–2 in the month of December, to make the playoffs for the first time since 1996.

The second all-Canada first round series (#4 Toronto defeated #5 Ottawa, 4–3 in the Eastern Conference) began at GM Place in Vancouver. The goals were easy to come by, but Vancouver scored more in a 5–3 game one victory. Both defenses tightened considerably in game two, a 2–1 Calgary victory that tied the series headed to the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.

Game three saw another 2–1 game, but this time Vancouver prevailed. However, during the game, Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier was injured making a save, and backup Johan Hedberg took over. Game four saw Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and the Flames defense pick a good time to play well, with Kiprusoff stopping all 20 shots he faced in a 4–0 victory that tied the series, 2–2. After Hedberg's subpar performance in game four, he was replaced in the net by Alexander Auld, the third goalie in as many games for the Canucks.

Game five, back in Vancouver, saw Calgary push the Canucks to the brink with a 2–1 victory. With elimination staring Vancouver in the face, the Canucks and Flames engaged in an all-out battle in game six that saw Vancouver storm out to a 4–0 lead only to see the Flames come back to tie it. The game didn't end until triple-overtime, when Brendan Morrison scored 2:28 into the period in a 5–4 Vancouver victory. That set up a thrilling game seven in Vancouver with the winner getting bragging rights for western Canada. Matt Cooke scored twice for the Canucks, including a game tying goal off a desperation rush with five seconds left in regulation. Calgary won the game in overtime, 3–2, with Martin Gelinas scoring the game-winner 85 seconds into overtime.

In a bizarre fact, the last three times these teams have met in the playoffs, the series was a first round match-up, went the maximum seven games with game seven being decided in overtime each time, and the winning team would eventually go all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Calgary won series 4–3

(4) Colorado Avalanche vs. (5) Dallas Stars[edit]

Game one at Pepsi Center in Denver saw the Avalanche win, 3–1. Game two saw Colorado increase the offensive pressure on Dallas goalie Marty Turco in a 5–2 Avalanche win.

At home at the American Airlines Center and in danger of falling behind 3–0 in the series, Dallas bounced back with a crucial victory in overtime, 4–3, to climb back into the series. After the first 80 minutes of game four failed to produce a winner, Dallas stood a chance at winning the game, tying the series, and guaranteeing at least one more game at home. But Marek Svatos won the game for the Avalanche 5:18 into the second overtime to break Dallas' back.

Back in Colorado for game five, Dallas kept it close until the third period, when Colorado broke the game wide open with three goals to extend a 2–1 lead to 5–1 to clinch the series.

Colorado won series 4–1

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (7) Montreal Canadiens[edit]

This series pitted the top-seeded Lightning, who had hastily eliminated the Islanders in the first round, against the Canadiens, who were riding an emotional high after their thrilling comeback seven-game series victory against the Boston Bruins.

Game one, at Tampa's St. Pete Times Forum, saw a not-so-rare occurrence for the Lightning: a shutout by goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, his fourth of the post-season out of six games he played in. Khabibulin turned away all 21 shots he saw in the 4–0 victory, with the 21 shots being an indicator of the strong Lightning defense. Game one also saw Montreal goalie Jose Theodore, who had shut out Boston in game seven of the quarter-finals, get pulled in favor of Mathieu Garon, who went 6-for-6 during his brief stint in goal. Game two saw Theodore return to goal for Montreal, but the Canadiens still lost the game by a score of 3–1.

Game three saw Khabibulin give up three goals for the first time in five games. In fact, in the five games since his last loss, he had allowed a combined total of three goals. But despite the letdown, Tampa found a way to win the game 65 seconds into overtime, 4–3. The demoralizing defeat stung Montreal, and they were swept without resisting in a 3–1 game four loss.

Tampa Bay won series 4–0

(3) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (4) Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

This series pitted two Eastern Conference rivals that were evenly matched; Toronto had 103 points and Philadelphia 101, but Philadelphia had knocked off their first-round opponent quicker than Toronto; Philadelphia knocked out New Jersey in five games while it took Toronto all seven games to eliminate rival Ottawa.

Game one, at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center, saw a closely played game that ultimately went to the Flyers, 3–1. Game two was even closer, but Philadelphia's defense held firm in a 2–1 victory that put them up in the series, 2–0.

However, the shift in venue to Air Canada Centre certainly fired up the Maple Leafs, as they used three second-period goals to help out in a 4–1 victory in game three. Home-ice advantage continued to be a factor in game four, a 3–1 Toronto victory.

The series went back to Philadelphia for game five, and Philadelphia scored a post-season high of seven goals in a 7–2 victory, knocking out Toronto goalie Ed Belfour after the sixth goal in favor of Trevor Kidd in the process. Overlooked during the scoring barrage was an injury to Philadelphia goalie Robert Esche, who was knocked out early and replaced by Sean Burke, who went 8-for-9 in goal; Toronto only took 11 shots during the whole game. Philadelphia's Keith Primeau logged a hat trick to add to the positive for the Flyers. Game six, back in Toronto, saw Toronto rally from a 2–0 third-period deficit to force overtime. In overtime, Darcy Tucker made a devastating hit on Sami Kapanen who was barely able to stumble to the bench after the hit. However, in return, Jeremy Roenick jumped on the ice and proceeded to score his second goal of the game only seconds later, ending the Maple Leafs' season. This would be the last time the Leafs made the playoffs for nine seasons until 2013.

Philadelphia won series 4–2

Western Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (6) Calgary Flames[edit]

This series pitted the top-seeded Red Wings, who were coming off their six game win over the Predators, against the Flames, who had knocked out their intracountry rival, Vancouver, in an emotional seven-game series.

Game one, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, saw the Flames stay with the Red Wings for every step of the way, and then in overtime, Marcus Nilson scored the game-winning goal 2:39 in. Stunned by the loss, the Red Wings bounced back with a 5–2 game two victory.

At the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary for game three, Calgary used three second-period goals to register a 3–2 victory and take a 2–1 lead in the series. But Detroit again showed the ability to bounce back after a close loss, taking game four, 4–2.

The series shifted back to Detroit for game five, when Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff picked an opportune time to shut out an opponent: his 31-save shutout in a 1–0 victory pushed Detroit to the brink, with game six in Calgary. Detroit goalie Curtis Joseph also played well, but the difference in the game was a goal by Craig Conroy. During the second period, a shot by Red Wings defensman Mathieu Schneider deflected off a stick and struck Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman in the left eye. Joe Louis Arena fell silent while Yzerman was attended to for several minutes and then helped off the ice, holding a towel to his face. Yzerman would not return to the series.

At the Saddledome for game six, Kiprusoff again refused to budge, allowing nothing in regulation, but so did Joseph. It was now sudden-death for Detroit, and with 47 seconds left in the first overtime, Martin Gelinas beat Joseph set up by assists from Conroy and Jarome Iginla, and Calgary won their second straight 1–0 game, and their second straight overtime victory to clinch a series. Kiprusoff's 38-save shutout in game six meant that he had stopped the final 69 shots he saw in the series.

Calgary won series 4–2

(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (4) Colorado Avalanche[edit]

This series pitted two opponents who defeated their first-round opponents, St. Louis and Dallas, respectively, in five games, with each team winning the first two, losing the third game, and then winning the next two.

Game one took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. The Sharks came flying out of the gate, scoring three first-period goals en route to a 5–2 victory highlighted by Patrick Marleau's hat trick, his second of the postseason. After giving up the fifth and final Sharks goal, Colorado goalie David Aebischer was pulled in favor of Tommy Salo, who went seven-for-seven in saves. Game two was more of the same: San Jose continued to shell Aebischer while goalie Evgeni Nabokov limited the Avalanche attack in a 4–1 victory.

The shift in venue to Colorado's Pepsi Center for game three and San Jose's attack was limited to only one goal, scored by Vincent Damphousse, but Nabokov was brilliant between the pipes, stopping all 33 shots that he faced in the 1–0 victory to push Colorado to the brink. Down 3–0 in the series, Colorado extended their season for at least another game with a 1–0 overtime victory in game four as Aebischer rebounded from his poor play in games one and two with a 27-save shutout, and the game's lone goal was scored by Joe Sakic 5:15 into overtime.

When the series returned to San Jose for game five and posted another overtime victory on another game-winning goal by Sakic, this time by a 2–1 count, people began to wonder: with game six in Colorado, could Colorado rebound from a 3–0 hole to force a game seven? However, San Jose won game six in Colorado, 3–1, to eliminate the Avalanche. San Jose's strong second period, in which they scored three goals, was the difference.

San Jose won series 4–2

Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Final[edit]

(1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (3) Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

Game one, at St. Pete Times Forum, saw Philadelphia take only 20 shots on goal, a sign of the strong Tampa Bay defense. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, all but impenetrable in the first two rounds, stopped 19 of those 20 shots, the only miss being a Michal Handzus goal in a 3–1 Lightning win. However, game two saw a stunning turn of events: Khabibulin was shelled in goal, only seeing 12 shots and getting yanked after giving up four goals in a 6–2 Flyers victory. Backup goalie John Grahame went 15-for-17 in relief of Khabibulin, and the series was tied, 1–1, going to Philadelphia.

Game three at the Wachovia Center saw Khabibulin return to his dominant form in net, which was bad news for the Flyers, as Khabibulin stopped 24 out of 25 shots, the only miss being a Keith Primeau goal in a 4–1 Lightning win. Game four saw the Flyers pull even with a critical 3–2 victory that tied the series headed back to Tampa Bay.

Back in Tampa Bay for a critical game five, the Lightning used home-ice advantage in a 4–2 victory, and they were now one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Brad Richards' two goals marked the first time all series a player had scored more than one goal in a game. Philadelphia's backs were against the wall in this critical game six, but they had home-ice advantage. Trailing 4-3 in the third period, Keith Primeau continued his impressive playoff performance by tying the game with under two minutes remaining, beating Khabibulin on a wraparound and sending the Wachovia Center into a frenzy. The Flyers won the game in overtime, 5–4, on a Simon Gagne goal 18:18 in, his second of the game and his first two goals of the series. The series was going back to Tampa Bay for a game seven, and both defenses were strong, but Tampa Bay had a little bit more, winning the game, 2–1, and moving on to the Stanley Cup Final.

Tampa Bay won series 4–3

Western Conference Final[edit]

(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (6) Calgary Flames[edit]

Game one, at San Jose's HP Pavilion, saw the Flames win the game 18:43 into overtime, 4–3, on a Steve Montador goal, his first of the post-season. In Game two, Calgary came charging out of the gate, scoring two first-period goals and never looking back in a 4–1 victory. The Sharks were in trouble: they were down in the series, 2–0, headed to Calgary.

Game three, at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, saw San Jose come through when they needed to: goalie Evgeni Nabokov posted a 34-save shutout and Alex Korolyuk scored two goals in a 3–0 Sharks win. Game four saw the unusual trend of the away team playing well in the series, as San Jose tied the series, 2–2, with a 4–2 victory. San Jose's attack came quick and hard with four second-period goals. After San Jose's fourth goal, Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled in favor of Roman Turek, who went 3-for-3 between the pipes.

The series went to San Jose for game five, and the road team continued to play well, with Kiprusoff bouncing back from his game four shelling, getting help from his defense as well, as he stopped all 19 shots he faced in a 3–0 Flames win that pushed San Jose to the brink. The series returned to Calgary for game six, and for the first time all series, the home team won, a 3–1 Calgary victory that propelled the underdog Flames into the Stanley Cup Finals. This marked the first time since 1994 when Vancouver lost to the New York Rangers that a Canadian team reached the finals.[1]

Calgary won series 4–2

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

Tampa Bay had cruised through the first two rounds against the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens before running into stiff competition from the Philadelphia Flyers, who they nevertheless defeated in seven games. Calgary had beaten the Western Conference's top three seeded teams, the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, and the San Jose Sharks, in that order.

Game 1, at St. Pete Times Forum, saw the Flames win the game, 4–1. Calgary only got 19 shots off against the Lightning defense, but more than one-fifth found the net. Martin Gelinas got Calgary on the board early, and they extended the lead to 3–0 in the second period on goals by Jarome Iginla, his 11th of the post-season, and Stephane Yelle. Chris Simon added the fourth and final Calgary goal after Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis scored the lone Lightning goal.

Game 2 saw the same final score, but this time, it was Tampa Bay winning a clutch game to tie the series, 1–1, headed to Calgary. Ruslan Fedotenko's 10th goal of the postseason got the Lightning on the board first, and Tampa Bay used three third-period goals, coming from Brad Richards, Dan Boyle, and St. Louis, respectively, to blast the game open. The lone Calgary goal was scored by Ville Nieminen.

The series shifted to the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, where Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary defense completely stonewalled the Tampa Bay attack, which only took 21 shots in a 3–0 Flames victory, and Calgary was halfway home. Simon scored the first Calgary goal in the second period, and Shean Donovan and Iginla added goals to ice the game.

With a chance to take a commanding 3–1 series lead, Calgary was shut out by Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who recorded his fifth shutout of the postseason, a 29-save shutout, in a 1–0 Tampa Bay victory, with the game's lone goal being scored by Richards three minutes into the game.

The series returned to Tampa Bay tied, 2–2, for a critical Game 5, and Calgary pulled off a 3–2 overtime victory to move within one win away from the Stanley Cup. After Gelinas and St. Louis traded goals in the first period, Iginla scored for Calgary late in the second period. However, Fredrik Modin tied the game for the Lightning 37 seconds into the third period. The 2–2 score held until after 14:40 had gone by in overtime, when Oleg Saprykin's first goal since the first round won the game for the Flames.

Back to Calgary for Game 6, each team scored two second-period goals, with Richards scoring two for the Lightning and Chris Clark and Marcus Nilson for the Flames, respectively. In the third period, there was a dispute over a Martin Gelinas shot that appeared to have gone in off his skate. Although not officially reviewed during the game, the NHL would later rule the video was inconclusive.[2][3] The game entered overtime with the Flames needing only a single goal to win the Stanley Cup. Thirty-three seconds into double overtime, St. Louis put in the game-winner for the Lightning to force a winner-take-all game seven in Tampa Bay.

In a tense Game 7, Fedotenko scored goals for Tampa Bay late in the first period and late in the second period for a 2–0 lead. After Conroy scored to narrow the deficit to 2–1, Calgary barraged Khabibulin after taking only seven shots in the first two periods. After the Conroy goal, Khabibulin stopped 16 Calgary shots. Tampa Bay won the game, 2–1, and the Stanley Cup.

Tampa Bay won series 4–3

Player statistics[edit]


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

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Richards, BradBrad Richards Tampa Bay Lightning 23 12 14 26 +5 4
St. Louis, MartinMartin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning 23 9 15 24 +6 14
Iginla, JaromeJarome Iginla Calgary Flames 26 13 9 22 +13 45
Modin, FredrikFredrik Modin Tampa Bay Lightning 23 8 11 19 +7 10
Conroy, CraigCraig Conroy Calgary Flames 26 6 11 17 +12 12
Lecavalier, VincentVincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay Lightning 23 9 7 16 –2 25
Primeau, KeithKeith Primeau Philadelphia Flyers 18 9 7 16 +11 22
Gelinas, MartinMartin Gelinas Calgary Flames 26 8 7 15 +10 35
Fedotenko, RuslanRuslan Fedotenko Tampa Bay Lightning 22 12 2 14 0 14
Damphousse, VincentVincent Damphousse San Jose Sharks 17 7 7 14 0 20
Zhamnov, AlexeiAlexei Zhamnov Philadelphia Flyers 18 4 10 14 –1 8
Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk Tampa Bay Lightning 23 1 13 14 –2 14


These are the top five goaltenders based on either goals against average or save percentage with at least four games played.

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

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA TOI Sv% SO
Joseph, CurtisCurtis Joseph Detroit Red Wings 9 4 4 197 12 1.39 517:34 .939 1
Vokoun, TomasTomas Vokoun Nashville Predators 6 2 4 197 12 2.02 355:44 .939 1
Nabokov, EvgeniEvgeni Nabokov San Jose Sharks 17 10 7 461 30 1.71 1052:15 .935 3
Khabibulin, NikolaiNikolai Khabibulin Tampa Bay Lightning 23 16 7 598 40 1.71 1400:30 .933 5
Belfour, EdEd Belfour Toronto Maple Leafs 13 6 7 379 27 2.09 773:47 .929 3
Kiprusoff, MiikkaMiikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames 26 15 11 710 51 1.85 1655:00 .928 5
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime Ottawa Senators 7 3 4 139 13 1.96 398:22 .906 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stevens, Neil (May 20, 2004). "Flames head to Cup final: Iginla, Kiprusoff huge in convincing 3-1 victory over San Jose". The Vancouver Sun. Canadian Press. p. E1. After 10 years of U.S.-based clubs in the NHL's championship series, Canada finally has a team in the Stanley Cup final...Calgary is Canada's first Stanley Cup finalist since the Canucks lost a seven-game thriller to the New York Rangers in 1994. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBBgCRIxrtg&feature=related
  3. ^ Veteran ref drew ire of Calgary fans, espn.com, June 5, 2004, accessed May 6, 2010
Preceded by
2003 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup Champions Succeeded by
2006 Stanley Cup playoffs