2002 Stanley Cup playoffs

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2002 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
Dates April 17–June 13, 2002
Teams 16
Final positions
Champions Detroit Red Wings
Runner-up Carolina Hurricanes
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s) Peter Forsberg (Avalanche)
(27 points)
MVP Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings)

The 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championships of the National Hockey League began on April 17, 2002.

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Carolina Hurricanes on June 13, 2002 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-seven series for conference quarterfinals, semifinals and championships, and then the conference champions played a best-of-seven 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 three Eastern Canada teams made the playoffs together and got past the first round. For the first time since entering the NHL, both teams from the province of Alberta, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers missed the playoffs in the same season.

Playoff seeds[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

  1. Boston Bruins, Northeast Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions – 101 points
  2. Philadelphia Flyers, Atlantic Division champions – 97 points
  3. Carolina Hurricanes, Southeast 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 Wings, Central Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 116 points
  2. Colorado Avalanche, Northwest Division champions – 99 points (45 wins)
  3. San Jose Sharks, Pacific 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.

Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

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

The Boston Bruins finished first in the Eastern Conference during the regular season with 101 points. The Montreal Canadiens qualified as the eighth seed earning 87 points during the regular season. This was the twenty-eighth playoff series between the Bruins and the Canadiens, with Montreal winning twenty of the previous twenty-seven series. They last met in the 1994 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, which Boston won in seven games.

Montreal won series 4–2

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

The Philadelphia Flyers entered the playoffs as the second seed in the Eastern Conference after winning the Atlantic Division with 97 points. The Ottawa 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 Carolina Hurricanes entered the playoffs as the Southeast Division champions earning the third seed in the Eastern Conference with 91 points. The New Jersey 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 between these two teams, with the only previous meeting being the 2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals where New Jersey won in six games.

Carolina won series 4–2

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

The Toronto Maple Leafs entered the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with 100 points. The New York Islanders earned the fifth seed with 96 points. This was the third playoff series between these two teams, the teams split the previous two playoff series. They last met in the 1981 Preliminary Round where New York won in three games.

Toronto won series 4–3

Western Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

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

The Detroit Red Wings entered the playoffs as the President's trophy winners, the Western Conference Regular season champions and the Central Division champions with 116 points. The Vancouver Canucks entered the playoffs as the eighth seed finishing the season with 94 points. This was the first playoff series between these two teams.

Detroit won series 4–2

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

The Colorado Avalanche entered the playoffs as the second seed in the Western Conference by winning the Northwest Division with 99 points. The Los Angeles Kings earned 95 points during the regular season to finish seventh overall (losing the tie-breaker in head-to-head points 7–3 to Phoenix) in the Western Conference. This was the second playoff series between these two teams, they last met in the 2001 Western Conference Semifinals, which Colorado won in seven games.

Colorado won series 4–3

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

The San Jose Sharks entered the playoffs as the Pacific Division champions earning the third seed in the Western Conference with 99 points, losing the tiebreaker with the Colorado Avalanche in wins (45 to 44). The Phoenix Coyotes earned the sixth seed with 95 points, winning the tiebreaker with the Los Angeles Kings in head-to head points (7 to 3). This was the first and to date only playoff series between these two teams.

San Jose won series 4–1

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

St. Louis won series 4–1

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

(3) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (8) Montreal Canadiens[edit]

Carolina won series 4–2

(4) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (7) Ottawa Senators[edit]

This is the most recent all-Canadian playoff series that was played beyond the first round.

Toronto won series 4–3

Western Conference Semifinals[edit]

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

Detroit won series 4–1

(2) Colorado Avalanche vs. (3) San Jose Sharks[edit]

Colorado won series 4–3

Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Final[edit]

(3) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (4) Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

This is the only playoff meeting between these two teams. This is also the most recent time that the Maple Leafs made it to the conference finals.

Carolina won series 4–2

Western Conference Final[edit]

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (2) Colorado Avalanche[edit]

Detroit won series 4–3

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Detroit made their twenty-second Finals appearance; their most recent appearance came in 1998 where they swept the Washington Capitals in four games. Carolina made their first Finals appearance in their twenty-third season since entering the league in 1979–80. The Hurricanes franchise had last played in a championship series when they were known as the New England Whalers in the WHA in 1978 where they were swept by the Winnipeg Jets. Detroit won both games in this year's regular season series.

Detroit won series 4–1

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.


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


These are the top six goaltenders based on 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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