2008 Stanley Cup playoffs

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Official logo for the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.

The 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 9, 2008, after the 2007–08 regular season. The 16 teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-seven series for conference quarterfinals, semifinals and championships, then the conference champions played a best-of-seven series for the Stanley Cup.

The Buffalo Sabres became the second team to miss the playoffs after winning the Presidents' Trophy in the prior season. This would not happen again until 2015.

The Finals ended on June 4, 2008, with the Detroit Red Wings defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins four games to two to win their eleventh championship and their fourth in eleven seasons. It was the first championship in the 16-year career of Red Wings winger Dallas Drake, who retired following the season. Red Wings winger Henrik Zetterberg was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' Most Valuable Player. Sidney Crosby and Zetterberg led the tournament with 27 points.

Highlights[edit]

The San Jose Sharks were the media's favorite to win the cup going into the playoffs, having gone the entire month of March without a regulation loss and nearly finishing first overall during the regular season.

Milestones[edit]

In Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Minnesota Wild, captain Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche extended his record for playoff overtime goals to eight, with a goal 11:11 into overtime. Chris Chelios appeared in his 248th career playoff game surpassing Patrick Roy for most career playoff games of all time.

In Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals in San Jose, Dallas Stars center Brad Richards tied an NHL record for most points in one period of a playoff game, when he recorded one goal and three assists in the third period.

In the Western Conference Semifinals against the Avalanche, Johan Franzen became the first player to score multiple hat tricks in a series since Jari Kurri tallied three in 1985. In the process, he set an NHL record for most goals in a four-game sweep and the Red Wings' record for most goals in a playoff series with nine, beating the previous record of eight set by Gordie Howe in 1949.[1] Franzen achieved this feat in only four games, moreover, while Howe achieved it in seven.[1]

Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Sharks and Stars was the eighth-longest game in the history of the NHL, lasting 129:03. Stars captain Brenden Morrow ended the game at 9:03 of the fourth overtime, tapping in a power-play goal. Goaltenders Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov set team records for saves in a game with 61 and 53, respectively. The final score was 2–1.

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom became the first European (and Swedish) born and trained player to lead an NHL team to the Stanley Cup. Charlie Gardiner (born in Scotland) and Johnny Gottselig (born in Russia) both won the Stanley Cup as captains of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1934 and 1938 respectively, but they were both raised in Canada.

New interpretation of NHL rule[edit]

In Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, while on a five-on-three power play, the New York Rangers' Sean Avery tried to screen the New Jersey Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur by waving his hands and stick while facing Brodeur. This prompted the NHL to issue an interpretation of the League's rules, stating that an unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty will be called on actions such as the one used by Avery.[2]

Playoff seeds[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

  1. Montreal Canadiens, Northeast Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions – 104 points
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlantic Division champions – 102 points
  3. Washington Capitals, Southeast Division champions – 94 points
  4. New Jersey Devils – 99 points
  5. New York Rangers – 97 points
  6. Philadelphia Flyers – 95 points
  7. Ottawa Senators – 94 points (43 wins)
  8. Boston Bruins – 94 points (41 wins)

Western Conference[edit]

  1. Detroit Red Wings, Central Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions, President's Trophy winners – 115 points
  2. San Jose Sharks, Pacific Division champions – 108 points
  3. Minnesota Wild, Northwest Division champions – 98 points
  4. Anaheim Ducks – 102 points
  5. Dallas Stars – 97 points
  6. Colorado Avalanche – 95 points
  7. Calgary Flames – 94 points
  8. Nashville Predators – 91 points

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1  Montreal 4     1  Montreal 1  
8  Boston 3     6  Philadelphia 4  


2  Pittsburgh 4 Eastern Conference
7  Ottawa 0  
    6  Philadelphia 1  
  2  Pittsburgh 4  
3  Washington 3  
6  Philadelphia 4  
4  New Jersey 1   2  Pittsburgh 4
5  NY Rangers 4     5  NY Rangers 1  


  E2  Pittsburgh 2
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1  Detroit 4
1  Detroit 4     1  Detroit 4
8  Nashville 2     6  Colorado 0  
2  San Jose 4
7  Calgary 3  
  1  Detroit 4
  5  Dallas 2  
3  Minnesota 2  
6  Colorado 4   Western Conference
4  Anaheim 2   2  San Jose 2
5  Dallas 4     5  Dallas 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.

In each round, the highest remaining seed in each conference is matched against the lowest remaining seed. The higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage, which gives them a possible maximum of four games on their home ice, with the lower-seeded team getting a possible maximum of three. In the Stanley Cup Finals, home ice is determined based on regular season points; thus, the Detroit Red Wings had home ice advantage throughout the playoffs, including in the Finals. Each best-of-seven series follows a 2–2–1–1–1 format. This means that the higher-seeded team has home ice for games one and two, and if necessary, five and seven, while the lower-seeded team has home ice for games three, four and, if necessary, six.

Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

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

The Montreal Canadiens entered the playoffs as the Eastern Conference regular season and Northeast Division champions with 104 points. Boston qualified as the eighth seed earning 94 points (losing the tie-breaker in total wins with Ottawa) during the regular season. This was the 31st playoff meeting between these two Original Six rivals, with Montreal winning twenty-three of the thirty previous series. They last met in the 2004 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals where Montreal won in seven games. Montreal won all eight games during this year's regular season series.

The Canadiens held off Boston winning the series in seven games. Montreal took the lead early in Game one and never looked back in a 4–1 victory. The Bruins forced overtime in Game two by scoring two third period goals before coming up short in the first overtime as Alexei Kovalev ended the game with a power-play goal at 2:30 for Montreal. Boston forward Marc Savard scored the overtime winner in a 2–1 Game three victory; the win ended a 13-game losing streak against Montreal by the Bruins. Patrice Brisebois scored the only goal of Game four for the Canadiens and Carey Price made 27 saves for his first career playoff shutout in a 1–0 win. Boston scored five unanswered goals in Game five, including four goals in the third period as they extended the series with a 5–1 win. For the second game in a row the Bruins scored four times in the third period as they tied the series with a 5–4 victory. In Game seven Montreal rebounded from the lackluster performances of their previous two games and eliminated Boston with a 5–0 win.


Montreal won series 4–3


(2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (7) Ottawa Senators[edit]

The Pittsburgh Penguins entered the playoffs as the Atlantic Division champions, earning the second seed in the Eastern Conference with 102 points. Ottawa qualified as the seventh seed earning 94 points (winning the tie-breaker in total wins with Boston) during the regular season. This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with Ottawa winning the only previous series. They last met in the previous year's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals where Ottawa won in five games. Ottawa won three of the four games during this year's regular season series.

The Penguins swept the Senators in four games. Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves and Gary Roberts scored twice as the Penguins won Game one by a score of 4–0. Penguins forward Ryan Malone put Pittsburgh ahead again in Game two after they blew a three-goal lead earlier in the game with a power-play goal at 18:58 of the third period; the Penguins held on for a 5–3 victory. Sidney Crosby's goal in the opening seconds of the third period of Game three broke a 1–1 tie as Pittsburgh eventually won 4–1. Pittsburgh completed the series sweep in Game four with a 3–1 win.


Pittsburgh won series 4–0


(3) Washington Capitals vs. (6) Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

The Washington Capitals entered the playoffs as the Southeast Division champions, earning the third seed in the Eastern Conference with 94 points. Philadelphia qualified as the sixth seed earning 95 points during the regular season. This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with Washington winning the two of the three previous series. They last met in the 1989 Patrick Division Semifinals where Philadelphia won in six games. Philadelphia won this year's four-game regular season series earning five of eight points.

The Flyers held off the Capitals in a seven-game series. Washington scored three times in the third period of Game one as they overcame a two-goal deficit before Alexander Ovechkin scored the game-winner for the Capitals with just over four a half minutes remaining in regulation time. Martin Biron made 24 saves as the Flyers won Game two 2–0. The Flyers broke Game three open with two goals just 17 seconds apart in the first period as they went on to win by a final score of 6–3. Philadelphia forward Mike Knuble ended Game four at 6:40 of the second overtime period as the Flyers took a 3–1 series lead. Sergei Fedorov and Mike Green each recorded two points for Washington as they extended the series with a 3–2 victory. The Flyers took a two-goal lead early in the second period of Game six before the Capitals responded with four unanswered goals to force a seventh and deciding game. Flyers goaltender Martin Biron made 39 saves in Game seven and Joffrey Lupul scored a power-play goal in the first overtime as the Flyers advanced to the Conference Semifinals.


Philadelphia won series 4–3


(4) New Jersey Devils vs. (5) New York Rangers[edit]

Tension was high in this series, as the Rangers won seven of the eight games against their rivals across the Hudson River during the regular season. The New York Rangers mostly dominated the New Jersey Devils in the opening round, becoming the first team to win on New Jersey's home ice three times in a playoff series.[3] The Devils' only win was an overtime victory in game three with a goal by John Madden. In game three, the Rangers' Sean Avery tried to screen New Jersey's goaltender Martin Brodeur by waving his hands and stick while facing Brodeur. This prompted the NHL to issue an interpretation of the League's rules, stating that an unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty would be called on actions such as the one used by Avery.[2] The Rangers won the next two games, each by a score of 5-3, to move on to the Eastern Conference Semi-final.

New York won series 4–1


Western Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

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

The Detroit Red Wings entered the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winners, the Western Conference regular season and Central Division champions with 115 points. Nashville qualified as the eighth seed earning 91 points during the regular season. This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with Detroit winning the only previous series. They last met in the 2004 Western Conference Quarterfinals where Detroit won in six games. Detroit won five of the eight games during this year's regular season series.

The Red Wings defeated Nashville in six games. Nashville goaltender Dan Ellis made 37 saves in a losing effort and Henrik Zetterberg scored twice in the third period for the Red Wings as Detroit took Game one by a final score of 3–1. Detroit forward Kris Draper broke the tie early in the second period of Game two as the Red Wings won 4–2. Nashville scored two goals just nine seconds apart late in Game three as Jason Arnott scored the game-winning goal in a 5–3 Predators victory. Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek was pulled in the second period of Game four after allowing three goals; he was replaced by Chris Osgood for the remainder of the series, the Predators evened the series with a 3–2 win. Johan Franzen ended Game five 1:48 into the first overtime as the Red Wings took a 2–1 victory. Detroit eliminated the Predators with a 20 save shutout from Chris Osgood in a 3–0 win in Game six.


Detroit won series 4–2


(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (7) Calgary Flames[edit]

The San Jose Sharks entered the playoffs as the Pacific Division champions, earning the second seed in the Western Conference with 108 points. Calgary qualified as the seventh seed earning 94 points during the regular season. This was the third and most recent playoff meeting between these two teams, with the teams splitting the two previous series. They last met in the 2004 Western Conference Finals where Calgary won in six games. Calgary won three of the four games during this year's regular season series.

San Jose eliminated the Flames in seven games. Stephane Yelle's second goal of the game was the game-winner as Calgary took the opening game of the series 3–2. San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov recorded a shutout making 21 saves in Game two to help the Sharks tie the series. The Flames rallied from a three-goal deficit to win Game three 4–3 as backup goaltender Curtis Joseph relieved Miikka Kiprusoff after he was pulled just three and a half minutes into the game. San Jose scored two goals late in the third period of Game four to win the game 3–2. San Jose had a three-goal lead in Game five and held off a Calgary comeback in a 4–3 victory. Miikka Kiprusoff recorded a shutout in Game six to force a deciding game seven as the Flames won 2–0. After being held pointless in the first six games of the series San Jose forward Jeremy Roenick scored two goals and two assists in Game seven as the Sharks won 5–3.


San Jose won series 4–3


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

The Minnesota Wild entered the playoffs as the Northwest Division champions, earning the third seed in the Western Conference with 98 points. Colorado qualified as the sixth seed earning 95 points during the regular season. This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with Minnesota winning the only previous series. They last met in the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals where Minnesota won in seven games. Minnesota won five of the eight games during this year's regular season series.

The Avalanche eliminated the Wild in six games. Colorado captain Joe Sakic added to his own league record in Game one as he scored his eighth and final career playoff overtime goal in a 3–2 victory. The teams traded goals in the final two minutes of regulation in Game two before Keith Carney ended the game 1:14 into the first overtime period, as the Wild evened the series with a 3–2 win. Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the overtime winner in Game three for Minnesota at 11:58 in the third consecutive overtime game of this series. Five different Colorado players scored in Game four as the Avalanche forced Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom from the game, winning 5–1. Colorado goaltender Jose Theodore made 38 saves in a 3–2 Game five win. Theodore continued his strong play in Game six as he made 34 saves from 35 shots against as Colorado closed out the series with a 2–1 victory.


Colorado won series 4–2


(4) Anaheim Ducks vs. (5) Dallas Stars[edit]

The Anaheim Ducks entered the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Western Conference with 102 points. Dallas qualified as the fifth seed earning 97 points during the regular season. This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with Anaheim winning the only previous series. They last met in the 2003 Western Conference Semifinals where Anaheim won in six games. Dallas won five of the eight games during this year's regular season series.

The Stars defeated the Ducks in six games. Dallas took advantage of the undisciplined play of the Ducks in Game one as they scored four goals on the power-play and Marty Turco made 23 saves in a 4–0 victory. The Stars broke open Game two by scoring three times in the third period as they won 5–2. In Game three the Ducks jumped out to an early 4–0 lead, Anaheim held on to win the game 4–2. Stars goaltender Marty Turco came eight seconds short of posting a shutout in Game four as he made 28 saves in a 3–1 Dallas victory. The Ducks avoided elimination in Game five as their special teams contributed two power-play goals in a 5–2 win. Corey Perry gave Anaheim a one-goal lead after two periods of play in Game six before the Stars scored four unanswered goals in the third period and ended the series with a 4–1 victory.


Dallas won series 4–2


Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (6) Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

The Philadelphia Flyers won four consecutive games to eliminate the Eastern Conference top-seeded Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens took game one with Tom Kostopoulos's goal in overtime, but then had a hard time getting past Flyers goaltender Martin Biron for the rest of the series. Montreal goaltender Carey Price started to struggle with the Flyers, and was replaced by Jaroslav Halak late in game three. Price regained his starting job in game five, and the Canadiens jumped to a 3–1 lead early in the second period, but the Flyers scored three consecutive goals en route to a 6–4 series-clinching victory.

Philadelphia won series 4–1


(2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) New York Rangers[edit]

The Semifinal matchup, between two Atlantic Division rivals, began on April 25. It was the fourth playoff meeting between the two teams, with Pittsburgh having won all three previous match-ups.[4] After overcoming a 3–0 deficit midway through the second period, the Penguins took the lead with 1:41 remaining, and held on to win the Game 1, 5–4.[5] In Game 2, Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots to earn his second shutout of the playoffs; the Penguins won the game 2–0 to take a 2–0 lead in the series.[6] Game 3 shifted the series to New York, where the Rangers were undefeated against the Penguins during the regular season. Martin Straka scored his second goal of the series to tie the game at one in the first period, but late in the second, Evgeni Malkin netted his second game-winning goal of the series to give the Penguins a 3–0 lead in the series.[7] Facing elimination in Game 4, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 29 shots that he faced and Jaromir Jagr scored twice as New York shut-out the Penguins, 3–0.[8] Game 5 was played in Pittsburgh. After falling to a 2–0 deficit, the Rangers battled back to tie the game, which was forced into overtime. Pittsburgh's Marian Hossa then scored his fourth goal of the series at the 7:10 mark of the first overtime to win the series for the Penguins.[9] The Penguins went on to play another division rival, the Philadelphia Flyers, for the Eastern Conference championship.

Pittsburgh won series 4–1


Western Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (6) Colorado Avalanche[edit]

The Red Wings and Avalanche met for the sixth time in the playoffs, with the winner of the series later winning the Stanley Cup three times. Once bitter rivals, this series proved to be no contest as the Red Wings scored 21 total goals in four games to sweep the Avalanche, the first ever sweep in the two teams' playoff matchups against each other. Detroit's Johan Franzen scored nine goals, including two hat-tricks, breaking the franchise record for goals in a playoff series, also scoring as many goals as the entire Avalanche team. Meanwhile, Colorado was depleted with several key players out with injuries, including Peter Forsberg (who played one game in the series), Ryan Smyth, Paul Stastny and Wojtek Wolski.

Detroit won series 4–0


(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (5) Dallas Stars[edit]

Dallas opened the series having not lost in regulation to the Sharks in San Jose since 2006, however, as in the Anaheim series, the Stars were seeded lower than the Sharks, who had home ice advantage.

Game 1 went to overtime after a late goal by Jonathan Cheechoo which tied the game, but Dallas captain Brenden Morrow scored in overtime to finish the game at 3–2. In Game 2, defenseman Sergei Zubov returned from a hernia injury that had kept him out since January. Stars' center Brad Richards keyed a four-goal outburst in the third period for Dallas, scoring a goal and three assists to lead the Stars to a 5–2 win. The Stars became only the fifth team in NHL history to win games one and two on the road in back-to-back series in the playoffs. In Game 3 in Dallas, the Stars won again in overtime on a rare goal from defenseman Mattias Norstrom.

With the Stars leading the Sharks 3–0 in the series, San Jose fought off elimination with third period goals from Patrick Marleau and Milan Michalek in Game 4. San Jose came back home for Game 5. Dallas took a two-goal lead into the third period, however, the Sharks tied the game with goals by Michalek and Brian Campbell. Overtime was needed for the third time in five games, but just 1:05 into the first overtime, San Jose center Joe Pavelski converted a turnover to keep the Sharks alive in the playoffs down 3–2. Brenden Morrow had two goals disallowed in the game for illegally kicking the puck into the net and bunting one in with his hand.

In Game 6, Stars right winger Antti Miettinen opened the scoring in the second period off a rebound from Mike Modano. Minutes into the third period, San Jose winger Ryane Clowe tied the game on an odd shot from the halfboards. Replays showed the puck appeared to have been played with an illegal hand pass. Stars goaltender Marty Turco protested, but no official review took place, and the goal was allowed to stand. The game required overtime for the fourth time in the series. The game played on until the early hours of the morning and featured a fantastic goaltending duel between Turco and his Sharks counterpart Evgeni Nabokov, each trading spectacular saves throughout all four overtimes. Most notable was a save by Nabokov at the 1:31 mark of the first overtime on Dallas Stars forward Brad Richards. The save was reviewed but it was concluded that there was no goal on the play. Just past the 9:00 mark of the fourth overtime, with Brian Campbell in the Sharks' penalty box for tripping, Brenden Morrow tipped home a pass from defenceman Stephane Robidas to end the eighth-longest game in NHL history and win the series for the Stars 4–2. Goaltenders Turco and Nabokov set team records for saves in a game with 61 and 53 respectively.

Dallas won series 4–2


Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Final[edit]

(2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (6) Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

The Eastern Conference final between the cross-state rivals began on May 9. It was their fourth post season meeting, with the Flyers winning all three previous series (in 1989, 1997 and 2000). Game 1 was tied with seven seconds remaining in the first period when Evgeni Malkin scored to give the Penguins a 3–2 lead. Malkin scored the first short-handed goal of his career in the second to give the Penguins a 4–2 win and a 1–0 series lead.[10] With less than a minute left in the second period of Game 2, Mike Richards scored his third goal of the series to tie the game at 2–2. Maxime Talbot and Jordan Staal, however, both added goals for the Penguins to give them their second consecutive 4–2 victory.[11] The series shifted to Philadelphia for Game 3, where the Penguins struggled in the regular season. R. J. Umberger scored halfway through the first period to pull the Flyers within one goal, but the Flyers failed to score again. After getting two more goals in the third, the Penguins won the game 4–1 to take a commanding 3–0 series lead.[12] Facing elimination in Game 4, the Flyers jumped out to a 3–0 lead in the first period. Jordan Staal responded by scoring twice in the third, but Joffery Lupul tallied his second goal of the game to solidify the victory the game for the Flyers, 4–2, staving off elimination.[13] With the series returning to Pittsburgh, the Penguins won their eighth consecutive home game to win the Prince of Wales Trophy by a decisive final score of 6–0.

Pittsburgh won series 4–1


Western Conference Final[edit]

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (5) Dallas Stars[edit]

The Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars met in the playoffs for the first time since the 1998 Western Conference Final. Detroit took a 1–0 series lead in the first game, winning 4–1. In the game, Red Wings winger Johan Franzen scored his NHL-leading 12th playoff goal. The Red Wings then won Game 2, 2–1, where rookie Darren Helm scored his first career playoff goal. A scrum ensued after the game, originating when Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood's stick struck Stars center Mike Ribeiro, who retaliated with a two-handed slash to Osgood's chest; no suspensions were given.

The Red Wings dominated the Stars in Game 3 in Dallas, winning 5–2. Center Pavel Datsyuk scored a hat-trick for the Red Wings, while Osgood stopped 16 shots for the win. The Stars would avoid elimination in Game 4, winning 3–1. Back in Detroit for Game 5, Stars goaltender Marty Turco stopped 38 shots as the Stars won, 2–1. It was Turco's first-ever win at Joe Louis Arena at the professional level.[citation needed] The Red Wings responded by winning Game 6, 4–1, eliminating Dallas and returning to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2002.


Detroit won series 4–2


Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

The 2008 Stanley Cup Final was won by the Detroit Red Wings over the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

Detroit won series 4–2


Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

These are the top ten skaters based on points. If the list exceeds ten skaters because of a tie in points, all of the tied skaters are shown.[14]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings 22 13 14 27 +16 16
Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 20 6 21 27 +7 12
Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa Pittsburgh Penguins 20 12 14 26 +8 12
Datsyuk, PavelPavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings 22 10 13 23 +13 6
Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins 20 10 12 22 +3 24
Franzen, JohanJohan Franzen Detroit Red Wings 16 13 5 18 +13 14
Ribeiro, MikeMike Ribeiro Dallas Stars 18 3 14 17 0 16
Briere, DanielDaniel Briere Philadelphia Flyers 17 9 7 16 -3 20
Malone, RyanRyan Malone Pittsburgh Penguins 20 6 10 16 +4 25
Umberger, R. J.R. J. Umberger Philadelphia Flyers 17 10 5 15 +7 10
Morrow, BrendenBrenden Morrow Dallas Stars 18 9 6 15 0 22
Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr New York Rangers 10 5 10 15 +3 12
Richards, BradBrad Richards Dallas Stars 18 3 12 15 +1 8
Kronwall, NiklasNiklas Kronwall Detroit Red Wings 22 0 15 15 +16 18

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

Goaltending[edit]

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 is bolded.[15][16]

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA Sv% SO TOI
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 19 14 4 430 30 1.55 .930 3 1159:57
Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury Pittsburgh Penguins 20 14 6 610 41 1.97 .933 3 1251:10
Turco, MartyMarty Turco Dallas Stars 18 10 8 511 40 2.08 .922 1 1152:13
Nabokov, EvgeniEvgeni Nabokov San Jose Sharks 13 6 7 333 31 2.18 .907 1 852:52
Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist New York Rangers 10 5 5 287 26 2.57 .909 1 608:04
Thomas, TimTim Thomas Boston Bruins 7 3 4 221 19 2.65 .914 0 430:06

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

Television[edit]

The Stanley Cup Finals were broadcast in Canada by the CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. In Quebec, RDS televised the series. In the United States, Versus televised Games 1 and 2, while NBC broadcast the remainder.[17] In the United Kingdom, all games were shown on Five.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Lundqvist stops penalty shot, Rangers hold on to eliminate Devils". AP/ESPN.com. April 18, 2008. Archived from the original on May 10, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2008. 
  4. ^ http://www.lohud.com/article/20080425/COLUMNIST01/804250415/Rangers-playoff-history-Penguins-ugly
  5. ^ "Semifinals: Game One recap". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Semifinals: Game Two recap". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Semifinals: Game Three recap". Associated Press. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Semifinals: Game Four recap". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Semifinals: Game Five recap". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 7, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Eastern Finals: Game One recap". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 12, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Eastern Finals: Game Two recap". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Eastern Finals: Game Three recap". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Eastern Finals: Game Four recap". Associated Press. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  14. ^ "2007–2008 - Playoffs - All Skaters - Summary - Total points". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 14, 2009. 
  15. ^ "2007–2008 - Playoffs - Goalie - Summary - Goals against average". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 18, 2009. 
  16. ^ "2007–2008 - Playoffs - Goalie - Summary - Save percentage". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 18, 2009. 
  17. ^ "2008 Stanley Cup Final will begin Saturday, May 24". NHL.com. May 19, 2008. Retrieved May 20, 2008. [dead link]

See also[edit]

Preceded by
2007 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup playoffs
2008
Succeeded by
2009 Stanley Cup playoffs