1992 Stanley Cup playoffs

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1992 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 18–June 1, 1992
Defending championsPittsburgh Penguins
Final positions
ChampionsPittsburgh Penguins
Runner-upChicago Blackhawks
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Mario Lemieux (Penguins)
(34 points)
MVPMario Lemieux (Penguins)

The 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 18, after the conclusion of the 1991–92 NHL season. It was the 100th anniversary of the first awarding of the Stanley Cup, and it was won by the Pittsburgh Penguins, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 1992 playoffs saw history being made, as for the first time ever, all four division winners were eliminated in the same round. In the division finals, the Norris Division champion Detroit Red Wings were swept by the Chicago Blackhawks in four straight games, and the Montreal Canadiens, who had won the Adams Division, suffered the same fate at the hands of the Boston Bruins. The Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the Patrick Division titlists, the New York Rangers, in six games, while the Vancouver Canucks, the Smythe Division toppers, fell to the Edmonton Oilers, also in six games.

A record 54 games were played in the first round, with six of the eight series going the full seven games, in addition three series featured teams coming back from 3–1 series deficits, the most in a single playoff year; this record was equaled in 2003. The only two series that didn't go seven games were the Oilers' six-game win over the Kings, and the Blackhawks' six-game win over the Blues.

This was the last year the Hartford Whalers and Minnesota North Stars qualified for the playoffs. The franchises would not reach the post-season again until 1999 and 1994 respectively. By the time each franchise reached the playoffs again, they were known as the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars, respectively.

Video replay was used to decide a playoff game for the first time in game six of the Detroit–Minnesota division semifinal. Sergei Fedorov of the Red Wings appeared to hit the crossbar behind Minnesota goalie Jon Casey during the first overtime, but after the North Stars iced the puck immediately afterward, referee Rob Shick called for a video review, which determined that the puck had entered the goal just below the crossbar and caromed off the frame at the back of the net. Fedorov was awarded the goal, giving the Red Wings a series-tying victory.

Playoff seeds[edit]

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

Adams Division[edit]

  1. Montreal Canadiens, Adams Division champions – 93 points
  2. Boston Bruins – 84 points
  3. Buffalo Sabres – 74 points
  4. Hartford Whalers – 65 points

Patrick Division[edit]

  1. New York Rangers, Patrick Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 105 points
  2. Washington Capitals – 98 points
  3. Pittsburgh Penguins – 87 points (39 wins)
  4. New Jersey Devils – 87 points (38 wins)

Clarence Campbell Conference[edit]

Norris Division[edit]

  1. Detroit Red Wings, Norris Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions – 98 points
  2. Chicago Blackhawks – 87 points
  3. St. Louis Blues – 83 points
  4. Minnesota North Stars – 70 points

Smythe Division[edit]

  1. Vancouver Canucks, Smythe Division champions – 96 points
  2. Los Angeles Kings – 84 points
  3. Edmonton Oilers – 82 points
  4. Winnipeg Jets – 81 points

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
A1 Montreal 4  
A4 Hartford 3  
  A1 Montreal 0  
  A2 Boston 4  
A2 Boston 4
A3 Buffalo 3  
  A2 Boston 0  
Prince of Wales Conference
  P3 Pittsburgh 4  
P1 NY Rangers 4  
P4 New Jersey 3  
  P1 NY Rangers 2
  P3 Pittsburgh 4  
P2 Washington 3
P3 Pittsburgh 4  
  P3 Pittsburgh 4
  N2 Chicago 0
N1 Detroit 4  
N4 Minnesota 3  
  N1 Detroit 0
  N2 Chicago 4  
N2 Chicago 4
N3 St. Louis 2  
  N2 Chicago 4
Clarence Campbell Conference
  S3 Edmonton 0  
S1 Vancouver 4  
S4 Winnipeg 3  
  S1 Vancouver 2
  S3 Edmonton 4  
S2 Los Angeles 2
S3 Edmonton 4  

Division Semifinals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Hartford Whalers[edit]

This was the final time that the Hartford Whalers qualified for the playoffs, the next time that the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise would make the playoffs was in 1999 when they were known as the Carolina Hurricanes.

Montreal won series 4–3

(A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Buffalo Sabres[edit]

Boston won series 4–3

(P1) New York Rangers vs. (P4) New Jersey Devils[edit]

New York won series 4–3

(P2) Washington Capitals vs. (P3) Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

Pittsburgh won series 4–3

Clarence Campbell Conference[edit]

(N1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N4) Minnesota North Stars[edit]

This was the final playoff series played by the Minnesota North Stars. The next time that the Stars franchise made the playoffs was in 1994 when they were known as the Dallas Stars.

Detroit won series 4–3

(N2) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (N3) St. Louis Blues[edit]

Chicago won series 4–2

(S1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S4) Winnipeg Jets[edit]

This was the first playoff series between these two teams.

Vancouver won series 4–3

(S2) Los Angeles Kings vs. (S3) Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Edmonton won series 4–2

Division Finals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A2) Boston Bruins[edit]

This was the ninth consecutive year Boston and Montreal had met in the playoffs, an NHL record that still stands.

Boston won series 4–0

(P1) New York Rangers vs. (P3) Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

Pittsburgh won series 4–2

Clarence Campbell Conference[edit]

(N1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N2) Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

Chicago won series 4–0

(S1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S3) Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Edmonton won series 4–2

Conference Finals[edit]

Prince of Wales Conference Final[edit]

(P3) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (A2) Boston Bruins[edit]

Pittsburgh won series 4–0

Clarence Campbell Conference Final[edit]

(N2) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (S3) Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Chicago won series 4–0

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

Pittsburgh won series 4–0

Playoff statistics[edit]


These are the top ten skaters based on points.[1]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins 15 16 18 34 +6 2
Kevin Stevens Pittsburgh Penguins 21 13 15 28 +2 28
Ron Francis Pittsburgh Penguins 21 8 19 27 +8 6
Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins 21 11 13 24 +4 6
Joe Murphy Edmonton Oilers 16 8 16 24 +2 12
Jeremy Roenick Chicago Blackhawks 18 12 10 22 +11 12
Chris Chelios Chicago Blackhawks 18 6 15 21 +19 37
Bernie Nicholls Edmonton Oilers 16 8 11 19 +2 25
Rick Tocchet Pittsburgh Penguins 14 6 13 19 0 24
Adam Oates Boston Bruins 15 5 14 19 -6 4


This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage, with at least 420 minutes played. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded.[2]

Ed Belfour Chicago Blackhawks 18 12 4 398 39 2.47 .902 1 948:47
Tim Cheveldae Detroit Red Wings 11 3 7 277 25 2.51 .910 2 597:18
Kirk McLean Vancouver Canucks 13 6 7 364 33 2.52 .909 2 784:35
Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens 11 4 7 312 30 2.63 .904 1 685:31
Tom Draper Buffalo Sabres 7 3 4 201 19 2.63 .905 1 433:22


See also[edit]

Preceded by
1991 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup playoffs Succeeded by
1993 Stanley Cup playoffs