2003 Stanley Cup playoffs

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2003 Stanley Cup playoffs
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Tournament details
DatesApril 9–June 9, 2003
Teams16
Defending championsDetroit Red Wings
Final positions
ChampionsNew Jersey Devils
Runner-upMighty Ducks of Anaheim
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Jamie Langenbrunner (Devils)
(18 points)
MVPJean-Sebastien Giguere (Mighty Ducks)
2002
2004

The 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL), began on April 9, 2003, following the 2002–03 regular season. The playoffs concluded on June 9, 2003, with the New Jersey Devils defeating the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in seven games.

The 16 qualifying teams played best-of-seven series in the conference quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals. Each conference champion proceeded to the Stanley Cup Finals. These playoffs marked the first time the Minnesota Wild qualified, in only their third season in the NHL. The Minnesota Wild, a sixth-seed, made an unlikely advance to the Western Conference Final as underdogs after being down three games to one in two consecutive rounds. This, along with the Canucks' comeback against the Blues, made for three 3-1 series comebacks in the playoffs, the second time this had happened in NHL playoff history.

Despite losing to the Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals, Mighty Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player during the playoffs, marking only the fifth time that the Trophy had ever been awarded to a player on the losing team.

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

Playoff seeds[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

  1. Ottawa Senators, Northeast Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 113 points
  2. New Jersey Devils, Atlantic Division champions – 108 points
  3. Tampa Bay Lightning, Southeast Division champions – 93 points
  4. Philadelphia Flyers – 107 points
  5. Toronto Maple Leafs – 98 points
  6. Washington Capitals – 92 points
  7. Boston Bruins – 87 points
  8. New York Islanders – 83 points

Western Conference[edit]

  1. Dallas Stars, Pacific Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions – 111 points
  2. Detroit Red Wings, Central Division champions – 110 points
  3. Colorado Avalanche, Northwest Division champions – 105 points
  4. Vancouver Canucks – 104 points
  5. St. Louis Blues – 99 points
  6. Minnesota Wild – 95 points (42 wins)
  7. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim – 95 points (40 wins)
  8. Edmonton Oilers – 92 points

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1 Ottawa 4     1 Ottawa 4  
8 NY Islanders 1     4 Philadelphia 2  


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


  E2 New Jersey 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W7 Anaheim 3
1 Dallas 4     1 Dallas 2
8 Edmonton 2     7 Anaheim 4  
2 Detroit 0
7 Anaheim 4  
  7 Anaheim 4
  6 Minnesota 0  
3 Colorado 3  
6 Minnesota 4   Western Conference
4 Vancouver 4   4 Vancouver 3
5 St. Louis 3     6 Minnesota 4  
  • 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) Ottawa Senators vs. (8) New York Islanders[edit]

The Ottawa Senators finished as the first overall seed in the Eastern Conference with 113 points. The New York Islanders earned 83 points during the regular season to finish eighth overall in the Eastern Conference. This was the first playoff series between these two teams. Ottawa won the four game regular season series by earning five of eight points in their matchup.

The Senators defeated the Islanders in five games. In game one, Roman Hamrlik assisted on two of the three goals and Islanders goalie Garth Snow shut out the Senators stopping all 25 shots he faced in a 3–0 victory.[1] The Senators responded in game two by shutting out the Islanders 3–0; goalie Patrick Lalime stopped all 16 shots he faced.[2] Overtime was required in game three with both teams tied at two at the end of the third period. At 2:25 of the second overtime, Todd White scored his second goal of the game to give the Senators a 3–2 victory.[3] In game four, Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist to help the Senators take a 3–1 series lead in a 3–1 win.[4] In game five, Todd White's goal at 11:05 of the second period proved to be the game-winner and series-winner for the Senators with Radek Bonk providing two insurance goals in a 4–1 victory.[5]


April 9 New York Islanders 3–0 Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
Dave Scatchard (1) – 07:59
Alexei Yashin (1) – 11:35
First period No scoring
Shawn Bates (1) – pp – 09:06 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Garth Snow 25 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 31 saves / 34 shots
April 12 New York Islanders 0–3 Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
No scoring First period 06:43 – Marian Hossa (1)
08:24 – Vaclav Varada (1)
No scoring Second period 14:25 – pp – Marian Hossa (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Garth Snow 28 saves / 31 shots
Rick DiPietro 3 saves / 3 shots
Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 16 saves / 16 shots
April 14 Ottawa Senators 3–2 2OT New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Todd White (1) – pp – 18:42 First period 08:14 – Alexei Yashin (2)
19:06 – ppRandy Robitaille (1)
Chris Phillips (1) – 19:16 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Todd White (2) – 02:25 Second overtime period No scoring
Patrick Lalime 30 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Garth Snow 29 saves / 32 shots
April 16 Ottawa Senators 3–1 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Mike Fisher (1) – 00:28
Anton Volchenkov (1) – 04:12
First period No scoring
Marian Hossa (3) – pp – 08:01 Second period 02:48 – Adrian Aucoin (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Patrick Lalime 21 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Garth Snow 25 saves / 28 shots
April 17 New York Islanders 1–4 Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
No scoring First period 13:53 – ppMartin Havlat (1)
Mark Parrish (1) – pp – 06:48 Second period 11:05 – Todd White (3)
18:13 – Radek Bonk (1)
No scoring Third period 17:45 – en – Radek Bonk (2)
Garth Snow 15 saves / 18 shots Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 31 saves / 32 shots
Ottawa won series 4–1


(2) New Jersey Devils vs. (7) Boston Bruins[edit]

The New Jersey Devils entered the playoffs as the second seed in the Eastern Conference and won the Atlantic Division title with 108 points. The Boston Bruins finished seventh overall in the Eastern Conference with 87 points. This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams with New Jersey winning two of three previous series. They last met in the 1995 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals which New Jersey won in five games. New Jersey won this year's four game regular season series earning five of eight points.

The Devils defeated the Bruins in five games. In game one, Jamie Langenbrunner scored both New Jersey goals before Boston came within one goal in the third period. New Jersey hung on for a 2–1 win.[6] Jamie Langenbrunner had a goal and two assists in game two to help the Devils achieve a 4–2 victory and a 2–0 series lead.[7] In game three, goalie Martin Brodeur shut out the Bruins, stopping all 29 shots in a 3–0 victory.[8] The Boston Bruins forced a fifth game on two goals by Dan McGillis as well as two assists provided by Mike Knuble and Brian Rolston in a 5–1 win.[9] The Devils closed out the series in game five with Jamie Langenbrunner scoring twice and Martin Brodeur stopping all 28 shots he faced in a 3–0 win.[10]


April 9 Boston Bruins 1–2 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
No Scoring First period 15:35 – Jamie Langenbrunner (1)
No Scoring Second period 11:38 – Jamie Langenbrunner (2)
Bryan Berard (1) – 03:29 Third period No Scoring
Steve Shields 26 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 26 saves / 27 shots
April 11 Boston Bruins 2–4 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
Glen Murray (1) – 08:52 First period 14:17 – Jeff Friesen (1)
19:34 – ppBrian Rafalski (1)
Dan McGillis (1) – pp – 13:59 Second period No Scoring
No Scoring Third period 00:15 – ppJamie Langenbrunner (3)
14:24 – Joe Nieuwendyk (1)
Steve Shields 26 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 24 saves / 26 shots
April 13 New Jersey Devils 3–0 Boston Bruins FleetCenter Recap  
No Scoring First period No Scoring
Scott Stevens (1) – 01:11 Second period No Scoring
Jay Pandolfo (1) – 12:00
John Madden (1) – en – 18:54
Third period No Scoring
Martin Brodeur 29 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Jeff Hackett 19 saves / 21 shots
April 15 New Jersey Devils 1–5 Boston Bruins FleetCenter Recap  
No Scoring First period 19:47 – ppJoe Thornton (1)
No Scoring Second period 02:24 – ppDan McGillis (2)
17:15 – Dan McGillis (3)
Scott Niedermayer (1) – 01:37 Third period 01:45 – Martin Lapointe (1)
03:37 – Marty McInnis (1)
Martin Brodeur 19 saves / 24 shots
Corey Schwab 6 saves / 6 shots
Goalie stats Jeff Hackett 24 saves / 25 shots
April 17 Boston Bruins 0–3 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
No Scoring First period 08:31 – ppJohn Madden (2)
No Scoring Second period No Scoring
No Scoring Third period 07:41 – Jamie Langenbrunner (4)
19:08 – en – Jamie Langenbrunner (5)
Jeff Hackett 28 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 29 saves / 29 shots
New Jersey won series 4–1


(3) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (6) Washington Capitals[edit]

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered the playoffs for only the second time in their history as the third seed in the Eastern Conference and won the Southeast Division title with 93 points. The Washington Capitals finished sixth overall in the Eastern Conference with 92 points. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Washington won three of the five games in this year's regular season series.

The Lightning came back from 2–0 down to defeat the Capitals in six games. Robert Lang provided two goals and Olaf Kolzig stopped all 28 shots to give the Capitals a 3–0 victory in game one.[11] Game two saw Jaromir Jagr score two goals and two assists in a 6–3 win for Washington.[12] The Lightning scored three times in game three; each time though Washington tied the score. Finally in overtime, Vincent Lecavalier scored a power-play goal to give Tampa Bay a 4–3 victory.[13] With a chance to tie the series in game four, Martin St. Louis scored twice to help the Lightning earn a 3–1 victory.[14] In game five, St. Louis contributed a goal and an assist to aid the Lightning in a 2–1 win and took a 3–2 series lead.[15] The Capitals tried to avoid elimination in game six by sending the game into overtime, however, St. Louis' power-play goal at 4:03 of the third overtime ended Washington's season despite putting up 61 shots against goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. The Lightning won the game 2–1.[16]


April 10 Washington Capitals 3–0 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
Robert Lang (1) – 16:01 First period No scoring
Robert Lang (2) – 17:57 Second period No scoring
Michael Nylander (1) – 01:02 Third period No scoring
Olaf Kolzig 28 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 19 saves / 22 shots
April 12 Washington Capitals 6–3 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
Jaromir Jagr (1) – 04:47
Peter Bondra (1) – pp – 07:22
Jaromir Jagr (2) – pp – 18:24
First period 11:48 – Vaclav Prospal (1)
Michael Nylander (2) – pp – 01:39 Second period 18:48 – Fredrik Modin (1)
Peter Bondra (2) – 03:09
Mike Grier (1) – en – 19:18
Third period 10:44 – Dave Andreychuk (1)
Olaf Kolzig 40 saves / 43 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 25 saves / 30 shots
April 15 Tampa Bay Lightning 4–3 OT Washington Capitals MCI Center Recap  
Vincent Lecavalier (1) – 03:46 First period 14:21 – ppDainius Zubrus (1)
Vaclav Prospal (2) – 03:44 Second period 10:25 – Dainius Zubrus (2)
Martin St. Louis (1) – 11:13 Third period 17:04 – Brendan Witt (1)
Vincent Lecavalier (2) – pp – 02:29 First overtime period No scoring
Nikolai Khabibulin 16 saves / 19 shots Goalie stats Olaf Kolzig 24 saves / 28 shots
April 16 Tampa Bay Lightning 3–1 Washington Capitals MCI Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Martin St. Louis (2) – 11:55
Martin St. Louis (3) – sh – 17:40
Second period 15:39 – Peter Bondra (3)
Vincent Lecavalier (3) – 01:24 Third period No scoring
Nikolai Khabibulin 22 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Olaf Kolzig 22 saves / 25 shots
April 18 Washington Capitals 1–2 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 13:52 – ppVaclav Prospal (3)
Michael Nylander (3) – 17:01 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 11:53 – Martin St. Louis (4)
Olaf Kolzig 20 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 22 saves / 23 shots
April 20 Tampa Bay Lightning 2–1 3OT Washington Capitals MCI Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 17:34 – ppPeter Bondra (4)
Dave Andreychuk (2) – pp – 15:54 Third period No scoring
Martin St. Louis (5) – pp – 04:03 Third overtime period No scoring
Nikolai Khabibulin 60 saves / 61 shots Goalie stats Olaf Kolzig 44 saves / 46 shots
Tampa Bay won series 4–2


(4) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

The Philadelphia Flyers finished as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with 107 points. The Toronto Maple Leafs finished as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference with 98 points. This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams with Philadelphia winning three of the previous four series. They last met in the 1999 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, which Toronto won in six games. The teams split this year's four game regular season series.

The Flyers defeated the Maple Leafs in seven games. In game one, Alexander Mogilny scored a hat trick to give Toronto a 5–3 victory.[17] The Flyers responded to the loss with a 4–1 win in game two with John LeClair, Mark Recchi, and Simon Gagne all contributing a goal and an assist.[18] In game three, Toronto came back from an early two-goal deficit to win the game in double overtime on a goal by Tomas Kaberle, his second of the game.[19] Game four showcased a triple overtime game in which Philadelphia nearly doubled the shots Toronto took. On the 75th shot for the Flyers, at 13:54 of the third overtime Mark Recchi scored his second goal of the game to help the Flyers take a 3–2 win.[20] Sami Kapanen scored two power play goals in game five to assist the Flyers in a 4–1 win and took a 3–2 series lead.[21] In game six, Ed Belfour helped Toronto force a seventh game with 35 saves in a double overtime 2–1 victory.[22] The Flyers routed the Maple Leafs in game seven 6–1 with Mark Recchi scoring two goals and an assist and Justin Williams and Claude Lapointe both scoring a goal and two assists.[23]


April 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
Alexander Mogilny (1) – sh – 08:10
Alexander Mogilny (2) – 12:10
First period 09:12 – ppEric Weinrich (1)
Tie Domi (1) – 03:12 Second period 05:54 – Donald Brashear (1)
06:56 – Eric Desjardins (1)
Mikael Renberg (1) – pp – 14:21
Alexander Mogilny (3) – en – 19:08
Third period No scoring
Ed Belfour 28 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Roman Cechmanek 10 saves / 14 shots
April 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–4 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
No scoring First period 12:09 – shSimon Gagne (1)
17:47 – Jeremy Roenick (1)
Alexander Mogilny (4) – 04:38 Second period 06:20 – Mark Recchi (1)
10:34 – ppJohn LeClair (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Ed Belfour 32 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Roman Cechmanek 16 saves / 17 shots
April 14 Philadelphia Flyers 3–4 2OT Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
Eric Weinrich (2) – 04:02
Eric Desjardins (2) – 08:02
First period 08:39 – Robert Reichel (1)
No scoring Second period 02:18 – ppTomas Kaberle (1)
16:00 – Alexander Mogilny (5)
Mark Recchi (2) – 02:59 Third period No scoring
No scoring Second overtime period 07:20 – Tomas Kaberle (2)
Roman Cechmanek 37 saves / 41 shots Goalie stats Ed Belfour 36 saves / 39 shots
April 16 Philadelphia Flyers 3–2 3OT Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
Mark Recchi (3) – 01:16 First period 04:06 – shTravis Green (1)
Jeremy Roenick (2) – 00:54 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 01:51 – ppMats Sundin (1)
Mark Recchi (4) – 13:54 Third overtime period No scoring
Roman Cechmanek 36 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Ed Belfour 72 saves / 75 shots
April 19 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–4 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
Aki Berg (1) – 02:34 First period 14:30 – ppSami Kapanen (1)
16:25 – Dmitri Yushkevich (1)
No scoring Second period 14:35 – Simon Gagne (2)
No scoring Third period 08:41 – pp – Sami Kapanen (2)
Ed Belfour 25 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Roman Cechmanek 22 saves / 23 shots
April 21 Philadelphia Flyers 1–2 2OT Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
No scoring First period 10:35 – Robert Reichel (2)
Jeremy Roenick (3) – 15:23 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring Second overtime period 10:51 – Travis Green (2)
Roman Cechmanek 34 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Ed Belfour 35 saves / 36 shots
April 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–6 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
No scoring First period 16:23 – Simon Gagne (3)
19:08 – Justin Williams (1)
Gary Roberts (1) – 13:50 Second period 08:18 – Keith Primeau (1)
16:16 – Mark Recchi (5)
19:22 – pp – Mark Recchi (6)
No scoring Third period 08:28 – Claude Lapointe (1)
Ed Belfour 30 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Roman Cechmanek 18 saves / 19 shots
Philadelphia won series 4–3


Western Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) Dallas Stars vs. (8) Edmonton Oilers[edit]

The Dallas Stars finished first in the Western Conference with 111 points. The Edmonton Oilers finished as the eighth seed in the Western Conference with 92 points. This was the sixth playoff meeting within the last seven years and the eighth overall between these two teams; Dallas won five of the previous seven playoff series. They last met in the 2001 Western Conference Quarterfinals which Dallas won in six games. Dallas won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

In game one, Edmonton scored two goals in the second period 3:48 apart to take the lead and then win the game 2–1.[24] Dallas controlled game two by allowing only 13 shots on goal, and five different players scored in a 6–1 victory including Scott Young who had two goals and an assist.[25] In game three, Edmonton scored three times within 3:05 to take a 3–2 lead early in the third period to win the game. Eric Brewer assisted on two of the goals.[26] The Stars evened the series in game four by scoring 23 seconds apart in the third period taking a 3–1 victory as a result.[27] In game five, Sergei Zubov scored two goals in a 5–2 win for the Stars.[28] Although Edmonton tied the game in the second period after being down two goals, Mike Modano's goal at 13:08 of the third period proved to be the series-winner.[29]


April 9 Edmonton Oilers 2–1 Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Recap  
No scoring First period 08:52 – ppMike Modano (1)
Ryan Smyth (1) – sh – 03:22
Shawn Horcoff (1) – 07:10
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Tommy Salo 20 saves / 21 shots Goalie stats Marty Turco 21 saves / 23 shots
April 11 Edmonton Oilers 1–6 Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Recap  
Marty Reasoner (1) – pp – 06:35 First period 10:03 – ppSergei Zubov (1)
14:12 – ppScott Young (1)
19:10 – Scott Young (2)
No scoring Second period 18:52 – Jason Arnott (1)
No scoring Third period 04:21 – Mike Modano (2)
06:39 – ppUlf Dahlen (1)
Tommy Salo 24 saves / 29 shots
Jussi Markkanen 11 saves / 12 shots
Goalie stats Marty Turco 12 saves / 13 shots
April 13 Dallas Stars 2–3 Edmonton Oilers Skyreach Centre Recap  
Jason Arnott (2) – pp – 10:50 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Jere Lehtinen (1) – 03:23 Third period 02:33 – Georges Laraque (1)
04:40 – Fernando Pisani (1)
05:38 – Radek Dvorak (1)
Marty Turco 22 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Tommy Salo 30 saves / 32 shots
April 15 Dallas Stars 3–1 Edmonton Oilers Skyreach Centre Recap  
Sergei Zubov (2) – 01:18 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Stu Barnes (1) – 05:52
Niko Kapanen (1) – 06:15
Third period 02:07 – Shawn Horcoff (2)
Marty Turco 23 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Tommy Salo 25 saves / 28 shots
April 17 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Recap  
No scoring First period 09:02 – ppScott Young (3)
09:55 – ppSergei Zubov (3)
No scoring Second period 05:34 – Mike Modano (3)
Mike Comrie (1) – 09:58
Eric Brewer (1) – 18:08
Third period 05:39 – Sergei Zubov (4)
19:33 – enManny Malhotra (1)
Tommy Salo 23 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Marty Turco 15 saves / 17 shots
April 19 Dallas Stars 3–2 Edmonton Oilers Skyreach Centre Recap  
Scott Young (4) – 00:43
Philippe Boucher (1) – 10:39
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 02:22 – Ryan Smyth (2)
08:34 – Shawn Horcoff (3)
Mike Modano (4) – 13:08 Third period No scoring
Marty Turco 30 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Tommy Salo 21 saves / 24 shots
Dallas won series 4–2


(2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (7) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim[edit]

The Detroit Red Wings finished as the second seed in the Western Conference, winning the Central Division with 110 points. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim finished as the seventh seed with 95 points (losing the tiebreaker with Minnesota in total wins). This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams with Detroit winning both previous series via four-game sweeps. They last met in the 1999 Western Conference Quarterfinals which Detroit won in four games. Detroit won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

For the first time in their history, Anaheim won a series in a four-game sweep. In game one, the score remained tied 1–1 through three periods of play. In the first overtime, Luc Robitaille appeared to score the game-winner with most Detroit players heading down the locker room when replay actually showed the puck hit the crossbar and post but stayed out.[30] Finally in the third overtime, Paul Kariya scored at 3:18 to end the game; Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 63 saves in the 2–1 win for the Mighty Ducks.[31] Rob Niedermayer had two assists in the Mighty Ducks' 3–2 victory in game two.[32] Detroit almost tied the game in game three cutting the deficit to one goal late in the third period, however the Mighty Ducks would reign victorious in a 2–1 triumph with J.S. Giguere making 36 saves in the process.[33] Anaheim ended Detroit's season in the first overtime of game four on Steve Rucchin's goal.[34] The Red Wings became only the second defending Stanley Cup champions to be swept in four games the following year in a first round series, the other being the 1952 Toronto Maple Leafs.


April 10 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2–1 3OT Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
Adam Oates (1) – 15:33 First period 04:15 – ppBrendan Shanahan (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Paul Kariya (1) – 03:18 Third overtime period No scoring
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 63 saves / 64 shots Goalie stats Curtis Joseph 42 saves / 44 shots
April 12 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3–2 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
Stanislav Chistov (1) – 07:17 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 02:14 – Jason Woolley (1)
06:39 – Luc Robitaille (1)
Jason Krog (1) – 13:34
Steve Thomas (1) – 15:46
Third period No scoring
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 34 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Curtis Joseph 20 saves / 23 shots
April 14 Detroit Red Wings 1–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 02:31 – Samuel Pahlsson (1)
Tomas Holmstrom (1) – pp – 13:44 Third period 01:44 – Stanislav Chistov (2)
Curtis Joseph 24 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Jean-Sebastien Giguere 36 saves / 37 shots
April 16 Detroit Red Wings 2–3 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap  
Henrik Zetterberg (1) – 13:23 First period 15:08 – Paul Kariya (2)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Sergei Fedorov (1) – 17:45 Third period 04:35 – Jason Krog (2)
No scoring First overtime period 06:53 – Steve Rucchin (1)
Curtis Joseph 24 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Jean-Sebastien Giguere 32 saves / 34 shots
Anaheim won series 4–0


(3) Colorado Avalanche vs. (6) Minnesota Wild[edit]

The Colorado Avalanche finished as the third seed in the Western Conference, winning the Northwest Division with 105 points. The Minnesota Wild finished as the sixth seed in the Western Conference with 95 points (winning the tiebreaker with Anaheim in total wins). This was the Wild's first playoff appearance since joining the League in 2000. This was also the first time since 1992 that an NHL team from Minnesota made the playoffs. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Colorado won this year's four game regular season series earning six of eight points.

The Minnesota Wild came back from a 3–1 deficit to defeat the Colorado Avalanche in seven games. In game one, Minnesota scored three goals in the second period, two on the power play, to win the game 4–2.[35] Colorado vanquished the Wild in game two with defenceman Rob Blake assisting twice in a 3–2 victory.[36] Patrick Roy earned his 23rd and final playoff shutout in game three stopping all 18 shots he faced in a 3–0 win for the Avalanche.[37] In game four, Minnesota Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire replaced goaltender Dwayne Roloson who had given up two goals, both to Joe Sakic, on four shots with Manny Fernandez. The switch did not help the Wild as they fell to the Avalanche in a 3–1 loss.[38] Minnesota gained a 3–0 lead within the first two periods of game five before they had to withstand a comeback by the Avalanche in the third period notching the score within one goal. The Wild forced a sixth game with a 3–2 victory.[39] Game six was a scoreless affair until the third period in which both teams each scored twice with Greg de Vries scoring the tying goal for the Avalanche with 1:32 left in the third period. In overtime, Richard Park scored his second goal of the game for the Wild to force a seventh game.[40] In game seven, the Avalanche twice had one goal leads before the Wild tied the game a minute and a half later. Finally in overtime, Minnesota completed the comeback with Andrew Brunette's goal to send the Wild to the conference semifinals.[41] This game was also Patrick Roy's last NHL game as he announced his retirement during the offseason.


April 10 Minnesota Wild 4–2 Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Filip Kuba (1) – pp – 05:33
Marian Gaborik (1) – pp – 09:28
Wes Walz (1) – 09:53
Second period 13:22 – Joe Sakic (1)
Andrew Brunette (1) – 16:00 Third period 17:01 – Milan Hejduk (1)
Dwayne Roloson 39 saves / 41 shots Goalie stats Patrick Roy 23 saves / 27 shots
April 12 Minnesota Wild 2–3 Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
Wes Walz (2) – sh – 08:09 First period 04:22 – ppMilan Hejduk (2)
14:41 – Greg de Vries (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Andrew Brunette (1) – pp – 19:24 Third period 05:49 – Brian Willsie (1)
Dwayne Roloson 25 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Patrick Roy 24 saves / 26 shots
April 14 Colorado Avalanche 3–0 Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
Alex Tanguay (1) – 03:33 First period No scoring
Joe Sakic (2) – 13:58 Second period No scoring
Peter Forsberg (1) – pp – 07:55 Third period No scoring
Patrick Roy 18 saves / 18 shots Goalie stats Dwayne Roloson 15 saves / 18 shots
April 16 Colorado Avalanche 3–1 Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
Joe Sakic (3) – 06:10
Joe Sakic (4) – pp – 08:04
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Dan Hinote (1) – 18:41 Third period 17:20 – ppMarian Gaborik (2)
Patrick Roy 24 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Dwayne Roloson 2 saves / 4 shots
Manny Fernandez 16 saves / 17 shots
April 19 Minnesota Wild 3–2 Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
Willie Mitchell (1) – 03:41 First period No scoring
Filip Kuba (2) – pp – 03:45
Pascal Dupuis (1) – 18:42
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 02:01 – Steven Reinprecht (1)
19:32 – Rob Blake (1)
Manny Fernandez 26 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Patrick Roy 25 saves / 28 shots
April 21 Colorado Avalanche 2–3 OT Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Joe Sakic (5) – 16:34
Greg de Vries (2) – 18:28
Third period 01:45 – Richard Park (1)
12:06 – Marian Gaborik (3)
No scoring First overtime period 04:22 – Richard Park (2)
Patrick Roy 20 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Manny Fernandez 22 saves / 24 shots
April 22 Minnesota Wild 3–2 OT Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Pascal Dupuis (2) – pp – 07:38 Second period 06:16 – Peter Forsberg (2)
Marian Gaborik (4) – pp – 15:32 Third period 13:15 – ppJoe Sakic (6)
Andrew Brunette (3) – 03:25 First overtime period No scoring
Manny Fernandez 43 saves / 45 shots Goalie stats Patrick Roy 27 saves / 30 shots
Minnesota won series 4–3


(4) Vancouver Canucks vs. (5) St. Louis Blues[edit]

The Vancouver Canucks finished as the fourth seed in the Western Conference with 104 points. The St. Louis Blues finished as the fifth seed in the Western Conference with 99 points. This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams. Their only previous series was during the 1995 Western Conference Quarterfinals, which Vancouver won in seven games. Vancouver won this year's four game regular season series earning five of eight points.

The Vancouver Canucks became the first team in league history to come back from a 3–1 series deficit for the third time in team history, defeating St. Louis in seven games. In game one, goaltender Chris Osgood stopped all 20 shots and Alexander Khavanov scored twice for the Blues in a 6–0 win.[42] Game two saw both Trent Klatt and Ed Jovanovski score power-play goals for the Canucks in a 2–1 victory.[43] Doug Weight scored twice and added an assist for the Blues' 3–1 win in game three.[44] In game four, Martin Rucinsky scored twice and recorded an assist for the Blues in their 4–1 win against the Canucks.[45] Five players scored in the Canucks' 5–3 victory in game five.[46] Markus Naslund helped the Canucks force a seventh game by scoring a goal and two assists in a 4–3 win in game six.[47] The Canucks finished the comeback in game seven with help from goaltender Dan Cloutier, who made 33 saves and both Trevor Linden and Brendan Morrison scored a goal and an assist in a 4–1 victory.[48]


April 10 St. Louis Blues 6–0 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
Cory Stillman (1) – pp – 01:30
Tyson Nash (1) – 02:01
First period No scoring
Keith Tkachuk (1) – 01:38
Alexander Khavanov (1) – pp – 15:05
Second period No scoring
Alexander Khavanov (2) – 10:10
Doug Weight (1) – pp – 16:18
Third period No scoring
Chris Osgood 20 saves / 20 shots Goalie stats Dan Cloutier 23 saves / 29 shots
April 12 St. Louis Blues 1–2 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
No scoring First period 03:33 – ppTrent Klatt (1)
No scoring Second period 18:54 – ppEd Jovanovski (1)
Pavol Demitra (1) – pp – 19:05 Third period No scoring
Chris Osgood 21 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Dan Cloutier 26 saves / 27 shots
April 14 Vancouver Canucks 1–3 St. Louis Blues Savvis Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Marek Malik (1) – pp – 18:53 Second period 01:44 – Pavol Demitra (2)
10:07 – ppDoug Weight (2)
No scoring Third period 19:41 – pp-en – Doug Weight (3)
Dan Cloutier 21 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 13 saves / 14 shots
April 16 Vancouver Canucks 1–4 St. Louis Blues Savvis Center Recap  
Markus Naslund (1) – 11:57 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 04:35 – Chris Pronger (1)
15:07 – Dallas Drake (1)
No scoring Third period 14:09 – Martin Rucinsky (1)
15:46 – Martin Rucinsky (2)
Dan Cloutier 16 saves / 20 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 32 saves / 33 shots
April 18 St. Louis Blues 3–5 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
No scoring First period 02:15 – Brent Sopel (1)
Tyson Nash (2) – 07:02 Second period 08:36 – Todd Bertuzzi (1)
16:24 – Brendan Morrison (1)
18:28 – ppMarkus Naslund (2)
Cory Stillman (2) – pp – 07:57
Martin Rucinsky (3) – 19:04
Third period 19:11 – Sami Salo (1)
Chris Osgood 30 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Dan Cloutier 29 saves / 32 shots
April 20 Vancouver Canucks 4–3 St. Louis Blues Savvis Center Recap  
Markus Naslund (3) – 03:49
Mattias Ohlund (1) – 14:25
First period 10:42 – ppDoug Weight (4)
Henrik Sedin (1) – pp – 08:52
Ed Jovanovski (2) – pp – 16:12
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 06:21 – ppEric Boguniecki (1)
10:13 – pp – Doug Weight (5)
Dan Cloutier 29 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 22 saves / 26 shots
April 22 St. Louis Blues 1–4 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
Martin Rucinsky (4) – 01:00 First period 11:54 – Henrik Sedin (2)
No scoring Second period 07:20 – Brendan Morrison (2)
12:25 – ppMarkus Naslund (4)
No scoring Third period 00:28 – shTrevor Linden (1)
Chris Osgood 28 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Dan Cloutier 33 saves / 34 shots
Vancouver won series 4–3


Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Ottawa Senators vs. (4) Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

This was the second consecutive playoff meeting and second overall between these two teams; Ottawa won in the previous year's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in five games. The teams split this year's four game regular season series.

The Senators defeated the Flyers in six games. In game one, Ottawa came back from a two-goal deficit in the first period to win 4–2.[49] The Flyers shutout the Senators in game two 2–0; goaltender Roman Cechmanek made 33 saves in the effort.[50] In overtime of game three, Wade Redden scored to give the Senators a 3–2 win over the Flyers.[51] Michal Handzus scored the only goal in the Flyers' 1–0 win in game four with Cechmanek stopping all 28 shots he faced.[52] In game five, Marian Hossa had two assists in the Senators 5–2 victory.[53] In game six, Ottawa limited the Flyers to just one goal while the Senators themselves laid five goals on Philadelphia each from different players. Ottawa won the game 5–1 and advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time in their history.[54]


April 25 Philadelphia Flyers 2–4 Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
Tony Amonte (1) – 01:19
Sami Kapanen (3) – 10:48
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 02:34 – Martin Havlat (2)
05:33 – Marian Hossa (4)
09:32 – ppDaniel Alfredsson (1)
No scoring Third period 11:49 – Zdeno Chara (1)
Roman Cechmanek 13 saves / 17 shots Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 23 saves / 25 shots
April 27 Philadelphia Flyers 2–0 Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
Simon Gagne (4) – 06:57 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Mark Recchi (7) – 13:02 Third period No scoring
Roman Cechmanek 33 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 21 saves / 23 shots
April 29 Ottawa Senators 3–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
No scoring First period 04:35 – John LeClair (2)
Daniel Alfredsson (2) – pp – 01:06 Second period 12:46 – Sami Kapanen (4)
Marian Hossa (5) – pp – 00:22 Third period No scoring
Wade Redden (1) – 06:43 First overtime period No scoring
Patrick Lalime 20 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Roman Cechmanek 24 saves / 27 shots
May 1 Ottawa Senators 0–1 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
No scoring First period 17:06 – Michal Handzus (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Patrick Lalime 25 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Roman Cechmanek 28 saves / 28 shots
May 3 Philadelphia Flyers 2–5 Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
Claude Lapointe (2) – 00:21 First period 07:15 – Bryan Smolinski (1)
15:24 – ppDaniel Alfredsson (3)
No scoring Second period 08:07 – Martin Havlat (3)
09:56 – ppRadek Bonk (3)
Radovan Somik (1) – 07:55 Third period 06:59 – shPeter Schaefer (1)
Roman Cechmanek 12 saves / 16 shots
Robert Esche 13 saves / 14 shots
Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 17 saves / 19 shots
May 5 Ottawa Senators 5–1 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
Peter Schaefer (2) – 02:41
Mike Fisher (2) – sh – 07:00
First period No scoring
Daniel Alfredsson (4) – pp – 14:06
Bryan Smolinski (2) – 16:27
Second period 18:07 – Michal Handzus (2)
Martin Havlat (4) – 13:37 Third period No scoring
Patrick Lalime 18 saves / 19 shots Goalie stats Roman Cechmanek 25 saves / 30 shots
Ottawa won series 4–2


(2) New Jersey Devils vs. (3) Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. The teams split this year's four-game regular season series.

The Devils defeated the Lightning in five games. In game one, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur stopped all 15 shots he faced in a 3–0 win.[55] Although the Lightning led twice in game two, the Devils were able to tie the score twice and in overtime Jamie Langenbrunner's goal at 2:09 gave New Jersey a 3–2 victory.[56] In game three, Tampa Bay built a 3–0 lead in the first period until New Jersey tied it up in the second period. In the third period, Dave Andreychuk scored the game-winning goal for the Lightning; Tampa Bay won 4–3.[57] Scott Gomez scored a goal and an assist for the Devils in their 3–1 victory over the Lightning in game four.[58] After the teams each scored once in the first period of game five, neither team scored for four consecutive periods, including two overtime periods. Finally at 11:12 of the third overtime, Grant Marshall scored the series winner for the Devils in a 2–1 victory.[59]


April 24 Tampa Bay Lightning 0–3 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
No Scoring First period No Scoring
No Scoring Second period No Scoring
No Scoring Third period 07:41 – Jamie Langenbrunner (6)
11:28 – John Madden (3)
17:09 – Turner Stevenson (1)
Nikolai Khabibulin 29 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 15 saves / 15 shots
April 26 Tampa Bay Lightning 2–3 OT New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
Chris Dingman (1) – 12:25 First period No Scoring
Martin St. Louis (6) – sh – 19:38 Second period 19:26 – ppBrian Rafalski (2)
No Scoring Third period 10:26 – Grant Marshall (1)
No Scoring First overtime period 02:09 – Jamie Langenbrunner (7)
Nikolai Khabibulin 33 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 26 saves / 28 shots
April 28 New Jersey Devils 3–4 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
No Scoring First period 04:19 – ppVaclav Prospal (4)
09:21 – Martin St. Louis (7)
16:16 – Fredrik Modin (2)
John Madden (4) – pp – 06:38
Grant Marshall (2) – 07:34
Jeff Friesen (2) – 15:06
Second period No Scoring
No Scoring Third period 06:08 – Dave Andreychuk (3)
Martin Brodeur 25 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 24 saves / 27 shots
April 30 New Jersey Devils 3–1 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
Scott Gomez (1) – 04:52
Patrik Elias (1) – 16:33
First period 11:30 – Jassen Cullimore (1)
No Scoring Second period No Scoring
Scott Stevens (2) – pp – 13:13 Third period No Scoring
Martin Brodeur 25 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 23 saves / 26 shots
May 2 Tampa Bay Lightning 1–2 3OT New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
Nikita Alexeev (1) – 11:18 First period 13:27 – ppScott Niedermayer (2)
No Scoring Second period No Scoring
No Scoring Third period No Scoring
No Scoring Third overtime period 11:12 – Grant Marshall (3)
John Grahame 46 saves / 48 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 38 saves / 39 shots
New Jersey won series 4–1


Western Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Dallas Stars vs. (7) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim[edit]

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. Dallas won three of the five games in this year's regular season series. Game one is the fourth longest playoff game in NHL history.[60]

The Mighty Ducks defeated the Stars in six games. In game one, Anaheim gained a 3–1 lead midway through the second period, until Dallas tied the score with 2:47 left in the third period. After four scoreless overtime periods, Petr Sykora scored 48 seconds into the fifth overtime to give the Mighty Ducks a 4–3 victory.[61] Sykora continued his point streak in game two, assisting on all three goals in a 3–2 overtime win for Anaheim.[62] Jere Lehtinen scored twice for Dallas in game three, closing out a 2–1 win on Marty Turco's 31-save performance.[63] In game four, J.S. Giguere stopped all 28 shots he faced and Mike Leclerc scored the only goal in a 1–0 affair for the Mighty Ducks.[64] The Dallas Stars stayed alive in game five, forcing a sixth game with two goals from Niko Kapanen.[65] In game six, the Mighty Ducks closed out the series and were able to move onto the Conference Finals on Sandis Ozolinsh's goal which gave Anaheim a 4–3 lead with 1:06 left in the third period.[66]


April 24 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4–3 5OT Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Recap  
Jason Krog (3) – 13:08 First period 17:39 – Derian Hatcher (1)
Rob Niedermayer (1) – sh – 04:04
Steve Rucchin (2) – 08:58
Second period 16:32 – Jason Arnott (3)
No scoring Third period 17:13 – Brenden Morrow (1)
Petr Sykora (1) – 00:48 Fifth overtime period No scoring
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 60 saves / 63 shots Goalie stats Marty Turco 50 saves / 54 shots
April 26 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3–2 OT Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Recap  
Adam Oates (2) – pp – 10:17 First period 19:58 – ppBrenden Morrow (2)
No scoring Second period 08:39 – Mike Modano (5)
Rob Niedermayer (2) – 18:51 Third period No scoring
Mike Leclerc (1) – 01:44 First overtime period No scoring
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 29 saves / 31 shots
Martin Gerber 0 saves / 0 shots
Goalie stats Marty Turco 24 saves / 27 shots
April 28 Dallas Stars 2–1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap  
Jere Lehtinen (2) – 02:24 First period 16:09 – ppSteve Rucchin (3)
Jere Lehtinen (3) – pp – 03:41 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Marty Turco 31 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Jean-Sebastien Giguere 30 saves / 32 shots
April 30 Dallas Stars 0–1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 18:13 – ppMike Leclerc (2)
Marty Turco 21 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Jean-Sebastien Giguere 28 saves / 28 shots
May 3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1–4 Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Recap  
No scoring First period 09:20 – Rob DiMaio (1)
14:20 – Stu Barnes (2)
No scoring Second period 18:10 – shNiko Kapanen (2)
Paul Kariya (3) – 04:02 Third period 15:12 – Niko Kapanen (3)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 16 saves / 19 shots
Martin Gerber 5 saves / 6 shots
Goalie stats Marty Turco 14 saves / 15 shots
May 5 Dallas Stars 3–4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap  
Kirk Muller (1) – 05:10 First period No scoring
Niko Kapanen (4) – 14:20 Second period 02:25 – ppSteve Thomas (2)
04:23 – Stanislav Chistov (3)
Brenden Morrow (3) – pp – 14:49 Third period 03:22 – Ruslan Salei (1)
18:54 – Sandis Ozolinsh (1)
Marty Turco 22 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Jean-Sebastien Giguere 26 saves / 29 shots
Anaheim won series 4–2


(4) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) Minnesota Wild[edit]

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. The teams split this year's five-game regular season series. Both teams had come off of 3–1 comebacks in the first round, and fittingly enough, the same thing happened in this series.

The Minnesota Wild became the first team in NHL history to come back from being down 3–1 twice in one playoff season to win both series in seven games. In game one, Markus Naslund and Trent Klatt each had a goal an assist in Vancouver's 4–3 victory.[67] Minnesota tied the series in game two via Pascal Dupuis's two assists and Marian Gaborik's goal and assist.[68] In game three, Markus Naslund assisted on two of Vancouver's goals.[69] Brent Sopel scored the game-winner in overtime in game four as the Canucks took a 3–1 series lead.[70] Minnesota began their comeback in game five outscoring Vancouver 7–2 with Cliff Ronning scoring two of those goals.[71] Minnesota continued to outscore Vancouver into game six, with Ronning assisting thrice on the Wild's 5–1 effort.[72] In game seven, Vancouver took a 2–0 lead midway through the second period, however, Minnesota's three goals in the third period sealed their fate. Minnesota won the game 4–2 and moved onto the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.[73]


April 25 Minnesota Wild 3–4 OT Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
Sergei Zholtok (1) – 17:08 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 01:33 – shEd Jovanovski (3)
Wes Walz (3) – 02:58
Wes Walz (4) – 08:11
Third period 11:12 – Markus Naslund (5)
19:58 – Matt Cooke (1)
No scoring First overtime period 03:42 – ppTrent Klatt (2)
Manny Fernandez 35 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Dan Cloutier 18 saves / 21 shots
April 27 Minnesota Wild 3–2 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Marian Gaborik (5) – 04:40 Second period 17:18 – Ed Jovanovski (4)
Sergei Zholtok (2) – 01:02
Wes Walz (5) – 02:05
Third period 18:28 – Mattias Ohlund (2)
Dwayne Roloson 29 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Dan Cloutier 15 saves / 18 shots
April 29 Vancouver Canucks 3–2 Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
Brendan Morrison (3) – pp – 06:25 First period 11:47 – ppFilip Kuba (3)
Ed Jovanovski (5) – pp – 04:34
Daniel Sedin (1) – pp – 12:33
Second period 10:08 – ppMarian Gaborik (6)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Dan Cloutier 16 saves / 18 shots Goalie stats Dwayne Roloson 10 saves / 13 shots
May 2 Vancouver Canucks 3–2 OT Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
No scoring First period 19:22 – Marian Gaborik (7)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Matt Cooke (2) – 02:09
Ed Jovanovski (6) – 17:54
Third period 03:14 – Marian Gaborik (8)
Brent Sopel (2) – pp – 15:52 First overtime period No scoring
Dan Cloutier 25 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Manny Fernandez 27 saves / 30 shots
May 5 Minnesota Wild 7–2 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
Richard Park (3) – 03:20 First period 18:13 – Brendan Morrison (4)
Cliff Ronning (1) – pp – 01:08
Jason Marshall (1) – 07:44
Andrew Brunette (4) – 10:16
Marian Gaborik (9) – 12:47
Cliff Ronning (2) – 16:07
Second period 19:17 – Henrik Sedin (3)
Wes Walz (6) – sh – 16:20 Third period No scoring
Dwayne Roloson 25 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Dan Cloutier 15 saves / 21 shots
Alex Auld 4 saves / 5 shots
May 7 Vancouver Canucks 1–5 Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 05:22 – ppAndrew Brunette (5)
15:31 – ppLubomir Sekeras (1)
Ed Jovanovski (7) – pp – 08:57 Third period 06:57 – Darby Hendrickson (1)
09:25 – Antti Laaksonen (1)
10:37 – pp – Andrew Brunette (6)
Dan Cloutier 18 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Dwayne Roloson 30 saves / 31 shots
May 8 Minnesota Wild 4–2 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Pascal Dupuis (3) – 15:30 Second period 11:29 – Mattias Ohlund (3)
12:30 – Todd Bertuzzi (2)
Wes Walz (7) – 08:05
Darby Hendrickson (2) – 14:48
Pascal Dupuis (4) – pp – 17:27
Third period No scoring
Dwayne Roloson 24 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Dan Cloutier 12 saves / 16 shots
Minnesota won series 4–3


Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Final[edit]

(1) Ottawa Senators vs. (2) New Jersey Devils[edit]

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams. Their only previous series was during the 1998 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals which Ottawa won in six games. Ottawa won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Devils defeated the Senators in seven games after giving up a 3–1 series lead. After giving up a 2–0 lead in game one, the Senators won in overtime on Shaun Van Allen's goal giving Ottawa a 3–2 win.[74] In game two, Jay Pandolfo scored a goal and an assist to help the Devils win 4–1.[75] Game three was a low-scoring affair as Sergei Brylin had the only goal in the Devils' 1–0 victory; Martin Brodeur stopped all 24 shots he faced.[76] New Jersey scored three times in the third period to take game four 5–2 and extend their home winning streak to eight games.[77] Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist during game five in the Senators' 3–1 victory forcing a sixth game.[78] In overtime of game six, both teams were deadlocked at one goal each until Chris Phillips scored the game-winner for the Senators becoming the fourth team this season to force a seventh game after facing a 3–1 series deficit.[79] In game seven, Ottawa scored the first goal, but Jamie Langenbrunner, who did not score a goal in this series up until this game, scored twice in the second period. Ottawa tied it up early in the third period on Radek Bonk's goal. The game looked like it was going into overtime, until Jeff Friesen of the Devils gave New Jersey the lead with 2:14 left in the third period. New Jersey hung on for a 3–2 victory, moving onto the Stanley Cup Finals for the fourth time in franchise history, and avoiding the same fates as St. Louis, Colorado, and Vancouver.[80]


May 10 New Jersey Devils 2–3 OT Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
No Scoring First period 06:10 – Chris Neil (1)
07:23 – Todd White (4)
Joe Nieuwendyk (2) – 14:19
Jay Pandolfo (2) – 16:51
Second period No Scoring
No Scoring Third period No Scoring
No Scoring First overtime period 03:08 – Shaun Van Allen (1)
Martin Brodeur 27 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 32 saves / 34 shots
May 13 New Jersey Devils 4–1 Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
Tommy Albelin (1) – 04:15
Jeff Friesen (3) – 17:21
First period No Scoring
John Madden (5) – 16:33 Second period 02:02 – Radek Bonk (4)
Jay Pandolfo (3) – 14:29 Third period No Scoring
Martin Brodeur 30 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 17 saves / 21 shots
May 15 Ottawa Senators 0–1 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 10:48 – Sergei Brylin (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Patrick Lalime 23 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 24 saves / 24 shots
May 17 Ottawa Senators 2–5 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
Karel Rachunek (1) – 19:45 First period 07:25 – ppGrant Marshall (4)
Vaclav Varada (2) – 07:08 Second period 16:43 – Jay Pandolfo (4)
No Scoring Third period 00:41 – ppJeff Friesen (4)
04:17 – Patrik Elias (2)
07:35 – shJohn Madden (6)
Patrick Lalime 15 saves / 20 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 26 saves / 28 shots
May 19 New Jersey Devils 1–3 Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
No Scoring First period No Scoring
Scott Stevens (3) – 06:19 Second period 03:59 – shTodd White (5)
No Scoring Third period 07:59 – Martin Havlat (5)
12:28 – ppJason Spezza (1)
Martin Brodeur 15 saves / 18 shots Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 21 saves / 22 shots
May 21 Ottawa Senators 2–1 OT New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
No Scoring First period No Scoring
Radek Bonk (5) – pp – 17:49 Second period No Scoring
No Scoring Third period 02:41 – ppJoe Nieuwendyk (3)
Chris Phillips (2) – 15:51 First overtime period No Scoring
Patrick Lalime 30 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 32 saves / 34 shots
May 23 New Jersey Devils 3–2 Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
No Scoring First period 03:33 – Magnus Arvedson (1)
Jamie Langenbrunner (8) – 03:52
Jamie Langenbrunner (9) – 05:46
Second period No Scoring
Jeff Friesen (5) – 17:46 Third period 01:53 – Radek Bonk (6)
Martin Brodeur 24 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 24 saves / 27 shots
New Jersey won series 4–3


Western Conference Final[edit]

(6) Minnesota Wild vs. (7) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim[edit]

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. This was the first Western Conference Final since 1994 to not feature either the Detroit Red Wings or Colorado Avalanche. This was the first Conference Finals appearance for both teams; the Mighty Ducks made the Conference Finals in their tenth season, while the Wild did so in their third season; the teams entered the NHL in 1993 and 2000, respectively. Anaheim won this year's four-game regular season series earning five of eight points.

Anaheim earned their second four-game sweep this playoffs season. Anaheim also only allowed one goal in the four games they played against Minnesota setting an NHL record for the fewest goals allowed by one team in a playoff series. In game one, Petr Sykora scored the only goal of the game in the second overtime period. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all 39 shots he faced.[81] Kurt Sauer and Rob Niedermayer both scored short-handed goals in game two as the Mighty Ducks shut out the Wild again, this time 2–0.[82] Paul Kariya scored twice in game three, and J.S. Giguere shut out the Wild for the third time this series, stopping 35 shots, bringing his total consecutive shutout time to 213 minutes and 17 seconds.[83] Determined to score, Minnesota got on the board for the first time since game seven of the Conference Semifinals when Andrew Brunette scored on a power-play. However, Anaheim followed up by scoring two power-play goals themselves, both by Adam Oates. The score remained 2–1 as the Mighty Ducks moved onto the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in their history.[84]


May 10 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1–0 2OT Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Petr Sykora (2) – 08:06 Second overtime period No scoring
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 39 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Manny Fernandez 25 saves / 26 shots
May 12 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2–0 Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Kurt Sauer (1) – sh – 07:24 Second period No scoring
Rob Niedermayer (3) – sh – 08:06 Third period No scoring
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 24 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Dwayne Roloson 20 saves / 22 shots
May 14 Minnesota Wild 0–4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap  
No scoring First period 04:59 – Steve Rucchin (4)
No scoring Second period 08:20 – Paul Kariya (4)
12:16 – Stanislav Chistov (4)
13:51 – Paul Kariya (5)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Dwayne Roloson 13 saves / 16 shots
Manny Fernandez 15 saves / 16 shots
Goalie stats Jean-Sebastien Giguere 35 saves / 35 shots
May 16 Minnesota Wild 1–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap  
Andrew Brunette (7) – pp – 04:37 First period 08:30 – ppAdam Oates (3)
No scoring Second period 09:31 – pp – Adam Oates (4)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Manny Fernandez 26 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Jean-Sebastien Giguere 24 saves / 25 shots
Anaheim won series 4–0


Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

This was the first playoff series between these two teams. New Jersey made their fourth appearance in the Finals, they last made the Finals in 2001, where they lost to the Colorado Avalanche in seven games. Anaheim made their first Finals appearance in their tenth season since entering the league in 1993–94. New Jersey won both games during this year's two-game regular season series.

This was only the third time in NHL history and the first time since 1965 that the home team won all the games in the Stanley Cup finals. [85]


May 27 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 0–3 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
No Scoring First period No Scoring
No Scoring Second period 01:45 – Jeff Friesen (6)
No Scoring Third period 05:34 – Grant Marshall (5)
19:38 – en – Jeff Friesen (7)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 27 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 16 saves / 16 shots
May 29 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 0–3 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
No Scoring First period No Scoring
No Scoring Second period 04:42 – ppPatrik Elias (3)
12:11 – Scott Gomez (2)
No Scoring Third period 04:22 – Jeff Friesen (8)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 22 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 16 saves / 16 shots
May 31 New Jersey Devils 2–3 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap  
No Scoring First period No Scoring
Patrik Elias (4) – 14:02 Second period 03:39 – Marc Chouinard (1)
14:47 – Sandis Ozolinsh (2)
Scott Gomez (3) – 09:11 Third period No Scoring
No Scoring First overtime period 06:59 – Ruslan Salei (2)
Martin Brodeur 30 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Jean-Sebastien Giguere 29 saves / 31 shots
June 2 New Jersey Devils 0–1 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap  
No Scoring First period No Scoring
No Scoring Second period No Scoring
No Scoring Third period No Scoring
No Scoring First overtime period 00:39 – Steve Thomas (3)
Martin Brodeur 25 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Jean-Sebastien Giguere 26 saves / 26 shots
June 5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3–6 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
Petr Sykora (3) – 00:42
Steve Rucchin (5) – 12:50
First period 03:35 – Pascal Rheaume (1)
07:45 – ppPatrik Elias (5)
Samuel Pahlsson (2) – 06:35 Second period 03:12 – Brian Gionta (1)
09:02 – Jay Pandolfo (5)
No Scoring Third period 05:39 – Jamie Langenbrunner (10)
12:52 – Jamie Langenbrunner (11)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 31 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 20 saves / 23 shots
June 7 New Jersey Devils 2–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap  
No Scoring First period 04:26 – Steve Rucchin (6)
13:42 – Steve Rucchin (7)
15:59 – ppSteve Thomas (4)
Jay Pandolfo (6) – 02:18 Second period 17:15 – Paul Kariya (6)
Grant Marshall (6) – pp – 10:46 Third period 03:57 – ppPetr Sykora (4)
Martin Brodeur 17 saves / 22 shots
Corey Schwab 2 saves / 2 shots
Goalie stats Jean-Sebastien Giguere 26 saves / 28 shots
June 9 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 0–3 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
No Scoring First period No Scoring
No Scoring Second period 02:22 – Michael Rupp (1)
12:18 – Jeff Friesen (9)
No Scoring Third period 16:16 – Jeff Friesen (10)
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 22 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 24 saves / 24 shots
New Jersey won series 4–3


Player statistics[edit]

There was a tie for the playoff point lead between Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Niedermayer, both of the New Jersey Devils and both with 18 points. Langenbrunner led the playoffs with 11 goals and Niedermayer led the playoffs with 16 assists. The 18 points to lead the playoffs was the lowest total since the 1968–69 season.

Skaters[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Jamie Langenbrunner New Jersey Devils 24 11 7 18 +11 16
Scott Niedermayer New Jersey Devils 24 2 16 18 +11 16
Marian Gaborik Minnesota Wild 18 9 8 17 +2 6
John Madden New Jersey Devils 24 6 10 16 +10 2
Marian Hossa Ottawa Senators 18 5 11 16 –1 6
Mike Modano Dallas Stars 12 5 10 15 +2 4
Jeff Friesen New Jersey Devils 24 10 4 14 +10 6
Markus Naslund Vancouver Canucks 14 5 9 14 –6 18
Sergei Zubov Dallas Stars 12 4 10 14 +2 4

Goaltending[edit]

These are the top six 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
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 21 15 6 697 38 1.62 1407:02 .945 5
Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 24 16 8 622 41 1.65 1490:34 .934 7
Manny Fernandez Minnesota Wild 9 3 4 253 18 1.96 552:22 .929 0
Olaf Kolzig Washington Capitals 6 2 4 192 14 2.08 403:55 .927 1
Patrick Lalime Ottawa Senators 18 11 7 449 34 1.82 1122:22 .924 1
Marty Turco Dallas Stars 12 6 6 310 25 1.88 798:16 .919 0

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