2009 Stanley Cup playoffs

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2009 Stanley Cup playoffs
2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.svg
Tournament details
DatesApril 15–June 12, 2009
Teams16
Defending championsDetroit Red Wings
Final positions
ChampionsPittsburgh Penguins
Runner-upDetroit Red Wings
Conference
runners-up
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Evgeni Malkin (Penguins)
(36 points)
MVPEvgeni Malkin (Penguins)
2008
2010

The 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League began on April 15, 2009, after the 2008–09 regular season. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference (the winner of each of the three divisions plus the five teams with highest point totals from the teams remaining), played a best-of-seven series for the conference quarterfinals, semifinals, and championships, and then the conference champions played a best-of-seven series for the Stanley Cup. The Columbus Blue Jackets made their first appearance in the playoffs in their nine-year history. Previously they had been the only franchise never to have made the playoffs. Also, home teams set a record by going 13-2 in the openers of all the series combined. There were no playoff games played in the Province of Ontario as this was the first time that the modern Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs both missed the playoffs in the same year. This was the most recent time that the Carolina Hurricanes were in the playoffs until 2019.

The Finals ended on June 12, 2009, with the Pittsburgh Penguins defeating the Detroit Red Wings four games to three to win the championship. They became just the second team, after the 1971 Montreal Canadiens, to win the championship after losing the first two games of the series on the road.[1]

Playoff seeds[edit]

The top eight teams in each conference qualified for the playoffs. The top three seeds in each conference were awarded to the division winners; while the five remaining spots were awarded to the highest finishers in their respective conferences.

Eastern Conference[edit]

  1. Boston Bruins, Northeast Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions – 116 points
  2. Washington Capitals, Southeast Division champions – 108 points
  3. New Jersey Devils, Atlantic Division champions – 106 points
  4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 99 points (45 wins)
  5. Philadelphia Flyers – 99 points (44 wins)
  6. Carolina Hurricanes – 97 points
  7. New York Rangers – 95 points
  8. Montreal Canadiens – 93 points

Western Conference[edit]

  1. San Jose Sharks, Pacific Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions, President's Trophy winners – 117 points
  2. Detroit Red Wings, Central Division champions – 112 points
  3. Vancouver Canucks, Northwest Division champions – 100 points
  4. Chicago Blackhawks – 104 points
  5. Calgary Flames – 98 points
  6. St. Louis Blues – 92 points (41 wins, 8 points head-to-head vs. Columbus)
  7. Columbus Blue Jackets – 92 points (41 wins, 2 points head-to-head vs. St. Louis)
  8. Anaheim Ducks – 91 points

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1 Boston 4     1 Boston 3  
8 Montreal 0     6 Carolina 4  


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


  E4 Pittsburgh 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W2 Detroit 3
1 San Jose 2     2 Detroit 4
8 Anaheim 4     8 Anaheim 3  
2 Detroit 4
7 Columbus 0  
  2 Detroit 4
  4 Chicago 1  
3 Vancouver 4  
6 St. Louis 0   Western Conference
4 Chicago 4   3 Vancouver 2
5 Calgary 2     4 Chicago 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 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Each best-of-seven series followed a 2–2–1–1–1 format. This means that the higher-seeded team had home ice for games one and two and if necessary, five and seven, while the lower-seeded team had home ice for games three, four, and if necessary, game six.

Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

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

For an NHL-record 32nd time, the Bruins and Canadiens faced each other in the playoffs. The Boston Bruins entered the playoffs after finishing the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference with 116 points. The Montreal Canadiens qualified for the postseason as the eighth seed with 93 points, winning the tiebreaker over the Florida Panthers based on the season series (six points to three).

Boston swept Montreal, four games to none, scoring at least four goals in each win. With the score tied 2–2 entering the third period of game one, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored a power play goal at 11:15 and Phil Kessel added an empty net score in the closing seconds to clinch the victory.[2] Boston scored three power play goals, including two from Marc Savard, en route to a 5–1 victory in game two.[3] Game three resembled game one in that both teams fought to a 2–2 tie midway through the game, but like the first contest the Bruins scored the go-ahead winning goal again. This time it was Michael Ryder at 17:21 in the second period.[4] Montreal scored in the first minute of game four off the stick of Andrei Kostitsyn, but Boston went on to dominate the rest of the game, grabbing two goals from Ryder in a 4–1 victory, to win the series.[5]


April 16 Montreal Canadiens 2–4 Boston Bruins TD Banknorth Garden Recap  
Chris Higgins (1) – 16:19 First period 13:11 – Phil Kessel (1)
14:41 – David Krejci (1)
Alexei Kovalev (1) – 17:37 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 11:15 – ppZdeno Chara (1)
19:46 – en – Phil Kessel (2)
Carey Price 35 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Tim Thomas 26 saves / 28 shots
April 18 Montreal Canadiens 1–5 Boston Bruins TD Banknorth Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 09:59 – ppMarc Savard (1)
15:12 – Chuck Kobasew (1)
Alexei Kovalev (2) – 00:46 Second period 05:45 – Shane Hnidy (1)
08:13 – pp – Marc Savard (2)
19:57 – ppMichael Ryder (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Carey Price 21 saves / 26 shots
Jaroslav Halak 5 saves / 5 shots
Goalie stats Tim Thomas 30 saves / 31 shots
April 20 Boston Bruins 4–2 Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre Recap  
Phil Kessel (3) – 18:35 First period 11:52 – Chris Higgins (2)
Shawn Thornton (1) – 03:36
Michael Ryder (2) – 17:21
Second period 05:16 – Yannick Weber (1)
Chuck Kobasew (2) – en – 19:23 Third period No scoring
Tim Thomas 23 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Carey Price 26 saves / 29 shots
April 22 Boston Bruins 4–1 Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre Recap  
Michael Ryder (3) – 17:27
David Krejci (2) – 19:25
First period 00:39 – Andrei Kostitsyn (1)
Phil Kessel (4) – 11:58
Michael Ryder (4) – 12:43
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Tim Thomas 26 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Carey Price 26 saves / 30 shots
Boston won series 4–0


(2) Washington Capitals vs. (7) New York Rangers[edit]

The Washington Capitals entered the playoffs as the second seed in the Eastern Conference after winning the Southeast Division with 108 points. The New York Rangers earned the seventh seed with 95 points.

The Washington Capitals overcame a three games to one deficit to win the series. The Rangers won the first game by a 4–3 score, with Brandon Dubinsky scoring the game winner at 11:43 in the third period.[6] Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau benched starting goaltender Jose Theodore and replaced him with Simeon Varlamov for game two, after Theodore allowed four goals on just 21 shots.[7] The goaltending change was not immediately effective as New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 35 Washington shots to give the Rangers a 1–0 victory (with Ryan Callahan providing the only tally) in the following game.[7] Varlamov responded in game three by stopping all 33 Ranger shots, and Alexander Semin scored two goals, to lead the Capitals to a 4–0 victory.[8] However, Lundqvist stopped 38 of 39 shots, including 10 of 11 from the stick of Alexander Ovechkin, to give the Rangers a 2–1 victory in game four.[9] The Capitals limited the Rangers to just 20 shots to win 4–0 in Game 5. Fourth liner Matt Bradley scored two goals in the game and Lundquist was pulled after allowing four goals on 14 shots.[10] Washington erupted in game six to score five goals, including powerplay markers from Mike Green and Ovechkin, for a 5–3 victory.[11] After game six, the league suspended Capitals forward Donald Brashear for both a pre-game altercation with Rangers forward Colton Orr and what was ruled to be a late hit on Blair Betts, in which the Rangers center suffered an orbital eye socket fracture.[12] Sergei Fedorov scored the game-winning goal 15:01 into the third period in game seven to give the Capitals a 2–1 victory and eliminate the Rangers for their first playoff series victory since reaching the Stanley Cup final in 1998.[13]


April 15 New York Rangers 4–3 Washington Capitals Verizon Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Scott Gomez (1) – 07:49
Nik Antropov (1) – pp – 16:49
Markus Naslund (1) – pp – 18:28
Second period 06:40 – ppTomas Fleischmann (1)
19:11 – Viktor Kozlov (1)
Brandon Dubinsky (1) – 11:43 Third period 01:42 – ppAlexander Semin (1)
Henrik Lundqvist 32 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Jose Theodore 17 saves / 21 shots
April 18 New York Rangers 1–0 Washington Capitals Verizon Center Recap  
Ryan Callahan (1) – 07:44 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Henrik Lundqvist 35 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Simeon Varlamov 23 saves / 24 shots
April 20 Washington Capitals 4–0 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Alexander Semin (2) – 06:57
Alexander Semin (3) – 11:36
First period No scoring
Brooks Laich (1) – pp – 11:29 Second period No scoring
Tom Poti (1) – pp – 18:35 Third period No scoring
Simeon Varlamov 33 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Henrik Lundqvist 36 saves / 40 shots
April 22 Washington Capitals 1–2 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 13:55 – Paul Mara (1)
No scoring Second period 02:23 – Chris Drury (1)
Alexander Ovechkin (1) – 02:13 Third period No scoring
Simeon Varlamov 19 saves / 21 shots Goalie stats Henrik Lundqvist 38 saves / 39 shots
April 24 New York Rangers 0–4 Washington Capitals Verizon Center Recap  
No scoring First period 04:58 – shMatt Bradley (1)
12:07 – Matt Bradley (2)
No scoring Second period 04:57 – Alexander Semin (4)
19:31 – Alexander Ovechkin (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Henrik Lundqvist 10 saves / 14 shots
Steve Valiquette 7 saves / 7 shots
Goalie stats Simeon Varlamov 20 saves / 20 shots
April 26 Washington Capitals 5–3 New York Rangers Madison Square Garden Recap  
Milan Jurcina (1) – 07:09
Mike Green (1) – pp – 13:58
Tom Poti (2) – 17:14
First period 08:15 – ppScott Gomez (2)
Viktor Kozlov (2) – 09:21
Alexander Ovechkin (3) – pp – 16:44
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 04:21 – ppRyan Callahan (2)
19:54 – Marc Staal (1)
Simeon Varlamov 29 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Henrik Lundqvist 15 saves / 20 shots
Steve Valiquette 2 saves / 2 shots
April 28 New York Rangers 1–2 Washington Capitals Verizon Center Recap  
Nik Antropov (2) – 05:35 First period 15:34 – Alexander Semin (5)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 15:01 – Sergei Fedorov (1)
Henrik Lundqvist 22 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Simeon Varlamov 14 saves / 15 shots
Washington won series 4–3


(3) New Jersey Devils vs. (6) Carolina Hurricanes[edit]

The New Jersey Devils entered the playoffs as the third seed in the Eastern Conference after winning the Atlantic Division with 106 points. The Carolina Hurricanes earned the sixth seed with 97 points.

The Hurricanes defeated the Devils in seven games. New Jersey won the first game with goaltender Martin Brodeur stopping 18 of 19 shots and the Devils' top line playing phenomenally, with Zach Parise and Patrik Elias coming up with goals. .[14] In game two, Tim Gleason scored 2:40 into overtime for his first goal of the season to give Carolina a 2–1 victory. The game was a goaltending battle that saw Brodeur and Cam Ward each stop over 30 shots[15] Game 3 also went into overtime, but this time the Devils prevailed, 3–2, with Travis Zajac scoring at 4:48 into the extra period.[16] It appeared that game four would also go into overtime, but it ended with an epic conclusion. Carolina led 3-0, but New Jersey rallied to tie the game in the third. Jussi Jokinen proved to be the hero, as he scored on a deflection with 0.2 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Hurricanes a 4–3 victory.[17] This goal was the latest game winning regulation goal in Stanley Cup Playoff history.[18] The next two games of the series were shutouts: Brodeur stopped 44 shots in a 1–0 victory for the Devils in game five (with David Clarkson providing the game's sole goal),[19] while Cam Ward stopped 28 shots and Eric Staal scored twice in a 4–0 victory for Carolina in game six.[20] The Hurricanes were behind for much of game seven but scored two goals inside the last 1:20 of the third period, one by Jokinen and the other by Staal, to win the contest 4–3 and eliminate the Devils.[21]


April 15 Carolina Hurricanes 1–4 New Jersey Devils Prudential Center Recap  
No scoring First period 16:03 – Mike Mottau (1)
No scoring Second period 00:59 – Zach Parise (1)
11:33 – Patrik Elias (1)
Ray Whitney (1) – 09:22 Third period 09:51 – Jamie Langenbrunner (1)
Cam Ward 35 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 18 saves / 19 shots
April 17 Carolina Hurricanes 2–1 OT New Jersey Devils Prudential Center Recap  
Eric Staal (1) – 19:35 First period 10:44 – Zach Parise (2)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Tim Gleason (1) – 02:40 First overtime period No scoring
Cam Ward 33 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 30 saves / 32 shots
April 19 New Jersey Devils 3–2 OT Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center Recap  
Zach Parise (3) – 06:04
Brian Gionta (1) – 19:51
First period 06:35 – Ryan Bayda (1)
No scoring Second period 15:30 – Chad LaRose (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Travis Zajac (1) – 04:58 First overtime period No scoring
Martin Brodeur 28 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Cam Ward 31 saves / 34 shots
April 21 New Jersey Devils 3–4 Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center Recap  
No scoring First period 07:44 – Eric Staal (2)
08:47 – Ryan Bayda (2)
Brian Gionta (2) – 19:32 Second period 06:30 – Chad LaRose (2)
Brendan Shanahan (1) – 04:21
David Clarkson (1) – 08:46
Third period 19:59 – Jussi Jokinen (1)
Martin Brodeur 42 saves / 46 shots Goalie stats Cam Ward 26 saves / 29 shots
April 23 Carolina Hurricanes 0–1 New Jersey Devils Prudential Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 11:22 – ppDavid Clarkson (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Cam Ward 41 saves / 42 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 44 saves / 44 shots
April 26 New Jersey Devils 0–4 Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center Recap  
No scoring First period 10:32 – Ray Whitney (2)
No scoring Second period 04:44 – Eric Staal (3)
07:30 – Eric Staal (4)
No scoring Third period 09:12 – ppJussi Jokinen (2)
Martin Brodeur 33 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Cam Ward 28 saves / 28 shots
April 28 Carolina Hurricanes 4–3 New Jersey Devils Prudential Center Recap  
Tuomo Ruutu (1) – 01:02 First period 02:31 – Jamie Langenbrunner (2)
13:27 – Jay Pandolfo (1)
Ray Whitney (3) – 03:42 Second period 08:47 – ppBrian Rolston (1)
Jussi Jokinen (3) – 18:40
Eric Staal (5) – 19:28
Third period No scoring
Cam Ward 32 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 27 saves / 31 shots
Carolina won series 4–3


(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers qualified for the playoffs as the fourth and fifth seeds in the Eastern Conference, respectively. Both finished the regular season with 99 points, but the Penguins won the tiebreaker based on total wins (45 to 44). The Penguins and Flyers had previously met in the previous season's Eastern Conference Finals, with the Penguins winning 4-1. It was the Penguins first win against the Flyers, having lost against them in three previous series (1989, 1997 and 2000).

Pittsburgh won the series over Philadelphia, four games to two. Sidney Crosby scored a power play goal early in the first period of game one, sparking the Penguins to a 4–1 win against an undisciplined Flyers team that took 12 penalties.[22] In game two, Bill Guerin scored two goals including the game-winner during a five-on-three power play at 18:29 in overtime to give Pittsburgh a 3–2 victory.[23] The Flyers bounced back in game three with a 6–3 victory that featured two goals by Simon Gagne.[24] Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 45 shots and helped kill off nine Philadelphia power plays, while Tyler Kennedy scored the game winner, to give Pittsburgh a 3–1 win in Game 4.[25] Flyers goaltender Martin Biron stopped all 28 shots, and Philadelphia got scoring from unlikely sources such as Arron Asham, to give the Flyers a 3–0 victory in game five.[26] Then in game six, Philadelphia jumped to a 3–0 lead in the second period and appeared to be on their way to force a game seven. However, a fight between Philadelphia's Daniel Carcillo and Pittsburgh's Max Talbot reenergized the Penguins, who erupted to score five unanswered goals, including two by Crosby, to win the game and the series.[27]


April 15 Philadelphia Flyers 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 04:41 – ppSidney Crosby (1)
No scoring Second period 01:39 – Tyler Kennedy (1)
Simon Gagne (1) – pp – 15:25 Third period 06:28 – Evgeni Malkin (1)
10:27 – Mark Eaton (1)
Martin Biron 29 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 26 saves / 27 shots
April 17 Philadelphia Flyers 2–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena Recap  
Scott Hartnell (1) – pp – 13:26 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 16:38 – Bill Guerin (1)
Darroll Powe (1) – 02:09 Third period 16:23 – ppEvgeni Malkin (2)
No scoring First overtime period 18:29 – pp – Bill Guerin (2)
Martin Biron 46 saves / 49 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 38 saves / 40 shots
April 19 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–6 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
Evgeni Malkin (3) – 19:48 First period 02:59 – Jeff Carter (1)
05:14 – ppMike Richards (1)
Rob Scuderi (1) – 00:13 Second period 04:32 – Claude Giroux (1)
08:58 – shSimon Gagne (2)
Evgeni Malkin (4) – pp – 08:30 Third period 03:42 – Jared Ross (1)
18:24 – en – Simon Gagne (3)
Marc-Andre Fleury 24 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Martin Biron 26 saves / 29 shots
April 21 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–1 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Sidney Crosby (2) – 03:19
Tyler Kennedy (2) – 07:41
Second period No scoring
Maxime Talbot (1) – en – 19:08 Third period 11:44 – Daniel Carcillo (1)
Marc-Andre Fleury 45 saves / 46 shots Goalie stats Martin Biron 23 saves / 25 shots
April 23 Philadelphia Flyers 3–0 Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Arron Asham (1) – 06:23 Second period No scoring
Claude Giroux (2) – 03:25
Mike Knuble (1) – 13:13
Third period No scoring
Martin Biron 28 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 23 saves / 26 shots
April 25 Pittsburgh Penguins 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
No scoring First period 17:48 – Mike Knuble (2)
18:39 – Joffrey Lupul (1)
Ruslan Fedotenko (1) – 04:35
Mark Eaton (2) – 06:32
Sidney Crosby (3) – 16:59
Second period 04:06 – ppDaniel Briere (1)
Sergei Gonchar (1) – 02:19
Sidney Crosby (4) – en – 19:32
Third period No scoring
Marc-Andre Fleury 22 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Martin Biron 30 saves / 34 shots
Pittsburgh won series 4–2


Western Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) San Jose Sharks vs. (8) Anaheim Ducks[edit]

The series between the Sharks and Ducks was just the second time in NHL history that two California teams were facing each other in the playoffs. The first series was in 1969 between the Los Angeles Kings and the California Seals. The San Jose Sharks entered the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winner, earning the NHL's best regular season record with 117 points. The Anaheim Ducks earned 91 points to clinch the eighth playoff seed in the Western Conference.

The Ducks defeated the Sharks, four games to two, to become just the second California team (after the 2000 Sharks over the St. Louis Blues) to eliminate a Presidents' Trophy winner in the first round of the playoffs. Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller earned two shutout victories in games one and four, stopping a total of 66 shots. Game one was deadlocked until a Scott Niedermayer powerplay goal broke the ice at 5:18 in the third, while game four was dominated by Anaheim and featured two goals from Bobby Ryan[28][29] Hiller also stopped 42 out of 44 shots in game two, as Drew Miller picked up the game winner,[30] and 36 out of 37 shots in a game six that saw the Ducks produce powerplay goals from Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne. In total, Hiller allowed only ten goals in the series.[31] For the Sharks, Dan Boyle scored two goals in game three to give San Jose a 4–3 win in that contest,[32] while Patrick Marleau scored the game-winning goal in game five to give the Sharks a 3–2 overtime victory.[33] However, back in Anaheim for game six, the Ducks grabbed goals from big-name players like Selanne and Perry, dominating the Sharks to win the game 4–1, and winning the series four games to two.[31]


April 16 Anaheim Ducks 2–0 San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Scott Niedermayer (1) – pp – 05:18
Ryan Getzlaf (1) – 17:35
Third period No scoring
Jonas Hiller 35 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 15 saves / 17 shots
April 19 Anaheim Ducks 3–2 San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
Bobby Ryan (1) – pp – 03:45 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 05:38 – Ryan Clowe (1)
Andrew Ebbett (1) – 09:44
Drew Miller (1) – 13:17
Third period 15:54 – Jonathan Cheechoo (1)
Jonas Hiller 42 saves / 44 shots Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 23 saves / 26 shots
April 21 San Jose Sharks 4–3 Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Recap  
Rob Blake (1) – 05:34
Dan Boyle (1) – pp – 13:07
First period 11:12 – ppBobby Ryan (2)
14:50 – James Wisniewski (1)
Dan Boyle (2) – 01:05 Second period 11:50 – Chris Pronger (1)
Patrick Marleau (1) – pp – 10:33 Third period No scoring
Evgeni Nabokov 27 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Jonas Hiller 31 saves / 35 shots
April 23 San Jose Sharks 0–4 Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 06:33 – Bobby Ryan (3)
10:13 – Bobby Ryan (4)
No scoring Third period 14:09 – Corey Perry (1)
19:19 – enDrew Miller (2)
Evgeni Nabokov 22 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Jonas Hiller 31 saves / 31 shots
April 25 Anaheim Ducks 2–3 OT San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
No scoring First period 07:25 – ppJoe Thornton (1)
No scoring Second period 17:16 – Devin Setoguchi (1)
Ryan Carter (1) – 00:55
Corey Perry (2) – 04:42
Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 06:02 – Patrick Marleau (2)
Jonas Hiller 45 saves / 48 shots Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 23 saves / 25 shots
April 27 San Jose Sharks 1–4 Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Recap  
Milan Michalek (1) – pp – 10:19 First period 12:33 – ppCorey Perry (3)
No scoring Second period 13:03 - pp - Teemu Selanne (1)
14:26 - Francois Beauchemin (1)
No scoring Third period 17:06 – Ryan Getzlaf (2)
Evgeni Nabokov 28 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Jonas Hiller 36 saves / 37 shots
Anaheim won series 4–2


(2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (7) Columbus Blue Jackets[edit]

The Detroit Red Wings, the defending Stanley Cup Champions, entered the playoffs as the second overall seed in the Western Conference, having clinched the Central Division title with 112 points. The Columbus Blue Jackets qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, clinching the seventh seed with 92 points but losing the tiebreaker over the St. Louis Blues with three points head-to-head versus ten. This was the first Western Conference playoff series played entirely within the Eastern Time Zone since the Red Wings played the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1993 Norris Division Semifinals, and this would prove to be the last ever occurrence, as both of these teams were realigned into the Eastern Conference prior to the start of the 2013–14 season.

The Red Wings swept the Blue Jackets, four games to none. Detroit scored four goals in each of the first three games of the series, while goaltender Chris Osgood only allowed two total goals out of 78 Columbus shots in those three games, including a shutout victory in game two. Jiri Hudler broke the ice at 10:48 in the second period for the game one win. Detroit picked up powerplay goals from Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall, and Hudler in game two. Henrik Zetterberg scored twice in a game three victory[34][35][36]

The fourth game proved to be the most competitive contest of the series. Nicklas Lidstrom scored a power play goal early in the first period to give the Red Wings the lead before Kristian Huselius tied the score about three minutes later on a power play goal of his own.[37] Tomas Holmstrom and Dan Cleary then scored to give Detroit a 3–1 lead before the end of the opening period.[37] Columbus fought to tie the score again at 5:38 of the second period with goals by Rick Nash and R. J. Umberger, but the Red Wings Marian Hossa answered with two consecutive goals to give his team a two-goal lead again.[37] The Blue Jackets then rallied to tie the score, 5–5, by the closing minutes of the second period with scores by Kris Russell and Fredrik Modin.[37] The third period remained scoreless until the closing minutes of regulation. With less than two minutes left, the Blue Jackets were called for too many men on the ice, which enabled Johan Franzen to score the series winning power play goal with 46.6 seconds remaining.[37]


April 16 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–4 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
R. J. Umberger (1) – 11:40 Second period 10:48 – Jiri Hudler (1)
14:21 – Jonathan Ericsson (1)
15:09 – ppNiklas Kronwall (1)
No scoring Third period 02:54 – Johan Franzen (1)
Steve Mason 30 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 20 saves / 21 shots
April 18 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–4 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 13:13 – ppBrian Rafalski (1)
No scoring Second period 07:18 – ppPavel Datsyuk (1)
15:30 – Henrik Zetterberg (1)
No scoring Third period 03:38 – ppJiri Hudler (2)
Steve Mason 35 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 25 saves / 25 shots
April 21 Detroit Red Wings 4–1 Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena Recap  
Tomas Holmstrom (1) – 01:07
Daniel Cleary (1) – 19:14
First period No scoring
Henrik Zetterberg (2) – 13:55 Second period No scoring
Henrik Zetterberg 3 – en – 19:29 Third period 16:07 – ppR. J. Umberger (2)
Chris Osgood 31 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Steve Mason 22 saves / 25 shots
April 23 Detroit Red Wings 6–5 Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena Recap  
Nicklas Lidstrom (1) – pp – 02:58
Tomas Holmstrom (2) – 07:09
Daniel Cleary (2) – 10:02
First period 06:12 – ppKristian Huselius (1)
Marian Hossa (1) – 06:59
Marian Hossa (2) – pp – 11:26
Second period 01:44 – Rick Nash (1)
05:38 – ppR. J. Umberger (3)
15:45 – Kris Russell (1)
18:04 – Fredrik Modin (1)
Johan Franzen (2) – pp – 19:13 Third period No scoring
Chris Osgood 27 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Steve Mason 35 saves / 41 shots
Detroit won series 4–0


(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) St. Louis Blues[edit]

The Vancouver Canucks entered the playoffs as the third overall seed in the Western Conference, having clinched the Northwest Division title with 100 points. The St. Louis Blues qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2004, clinching the sixth seed with 92 points and winning the tiebreaker over the Columbus Blue Jackets with ten points head-to-head versus three.

Vancouver swept St. Louis, four games to none, their first sweep of a best-of-seven series in franchise history, to move on to the second round. The Canucks held off the Blues in game one, winning 2–1 by gaining goals from Daniel Sedin and Sami Salo and killing off a long Blues five-on-three power play midway through the first period.[38] Vancouver then shut out St. Louis in game two, 3–0, with goaltender Roberto Luongo stopping all 30 Blues shots and Mats Sundin providing the game-winning goal.[39] The Blues were hoping to gain momentum when the series shifted to St. Louis for game three, but Vancouver held on to a 3–2 win, scoring three power play goals, with Mattias Ohlund, Sedin, and Steve Bernier providing the man-advantage tallies.[40] In game four, Brad Boyes and David Perron helped St. Louis to tie the game after falling behind early. However, Alexandre Burrows scored with 18.9 seconds left in the first overtime period to give the Canucks a 3–2 victory and the four-game sweep.[41]


April 15 St. Louis Blues 1–2 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
No scoring First period 10:03 – Daniel Sedin (1)
Brad Boyes (1) – pp – 18:16 Second period 05:11 – ppSami Salo (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Chris Mason 29 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Roberto Luongo 25 saves / 26 shots
April 17 St. Louis Blues 0–3 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
No scoring First period 18:04 – Mats Sundin (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 09:46 – Alexandre Burrows (1)
18:36 – enHenrik Sedin (1)
Chris Mason 24 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Roberto Luongo 30 saves / 30 shots
April 19 Vancouver Canucks 3–2 St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center Recap  
No scoring First period 03:11 – David Backes (1)
Mattias Ohlund (1) – pp – 07:57
Daniel Sedin (2) – pp – 10:18
Second period 16:13 – Andy McDonald (1)
Steve Bernier (1) – pp – 01:41 Third period No scoring
Roberto Luongo 24 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Chris Mason 23 saves / 26 shots
April 21 Vancouver Canucks 3–2 OT St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center Recap  
Kyle Wellwood (1) – 05:20 First period No scoring
Alexandre Burrows (2) – 09:23 Second period 13:30 – Brad Boyes (2)
16:54 – David Perron (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Alexandre Burrows (3) – 19:41 First overtime period No scoring
Roberto Luongo 47 saves / 49 shots Goalie stats Chris Mason 33 saves / 36 shots
Vancouver won series 4–0


(4) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (5) Calgary Flames[edit]

The Chicago Blackhawks finished the regular season in second place in the Central division with 104 points and thus entered the playoffs as the fourth-overall seed in the Western Conference. The Calgary Flames earned 98 points during the regular season to finish fifth-overall in the Western Conference. Chicago made the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Chicago won the series over Calgary, four games to two, with the home team winning the first five games of the series. Martin Havlat scored the game-winning goal 12 seconds into overtime to win game one for the Blackhawks, 3–2.[42] Then in game two, Chicago overcame a 2-goal deficit by scoring 3 goals in the second period, including a pair from Jonathan Toews, to win 3–2.[43] When the series shifted to Calgary for game three, David Moss scored two goals to help the Flames earn a 4–2 victory.[44] In game four, Calgary scored six goals, including two by each of their top stars Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen, to win 6–4.[45] The Blackhawks responded in game five by exploding to a 5–1 victory, going up 3-0 after one period with goals from Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, and Kris Versteeg, and limiting the Flames to 20 shots on goal.[46] Chicago defeated Calgary by a score of 4–1 in game six to win the series, with Patrick Kane providing the early game winner and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin stopping 43 out of 44 shots.[47]


April 16 Calgary Flames 2–3 OT Chicago Blackhawks United Center Recap  
David Moss (1) – 08:38 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 13:17 – Cam Barker (1)
Michael Cammalleri (1) – 03:54 Third period 14:27 – Martin Havlat (1)
No scoring First overtime period 00:12 – Martin Havlat (2)
Miikka Kiprusoff 25 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 23 saves / 25 shots
April 18 Calgary Flames 2–3 Chicago Blackhawks United Center Recap  
Jarome Iginla (1) – pp – 07:44
Adrian Aucoin (1) – 16:15
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 00:46 – ppJonathan Toews (1)
13:58 – Patrick Sharp (1)
19:36 – Jonathan Toews (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 30 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 30 saves / 32 shots
April 20 Chicago Blackhawks 2–4 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
Patrick Sharp (2) – pp – 02:03 First period 06:40 – Eric Nystrom (1)
No scoring Second period 17:07 – Rene Bourque (1)
Martin Havlat (3) – 15:35 Third period 01:18 – David Moss (2)
05:24 – David Moss (3)
Nikolai Khabibulin 24 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 36 saves / 38 shots
April 22 Chicago Blackhawks 4–6 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
Patrick Kane (1) – 04:40 First period 05:47 – ppJarome Iginla (2)
Kris Versteeg (1) – pp – 12:13
Cam Barker (2) – 16:44
Samuel Pahlsson (1) – pp – 19:27
Second period 00:50 – Olli Jokinen (1)
08:10 – Adrian Aucoin (2)
09:16 – Olli Jokinen (2)
No scoring Third period 13:04 – Eric Nystrom (2)
19:49 – en – Jarome Iginla (3)
Nikolai Khabibulin 21 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 28 saves / 32 shots
April 25 Calgary Flames 1–5 Chicago Blackhawks United Center Recap  
No scoring First period 09:19 – ppBrent Seabrook (1)
10:49 – Patrick Sharp (3)
11:08 – Kris Versteeg (2)
Dustin Boyd (1) – 02:45 Second period 06:14 – Andrew Ladd (1)
14:56 – Cam Barker (3)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 14 saves / 18 shots
Curtis McElhinney 9 saves / 10 shots
Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 19 saves / 20 shots
April 27 Chicago Blackhawks 4–1 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
Patrick Kane (2) – pp – 02:20
Adam Burish (1) – 10:11
First period No scoring
Brian Campbell (1) – pp – 14:57 Second period No scoring
Dustin Byfuglien (1) – en – 19:55 Third period 00:54 – Todd Bertuzzi (1)
Nikolai Khabibulin 43 saves / 44 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 12 saves / 15 shots
Chicago won series 4–2


Conference Semifinals[edit]

For the first time since the 2001 playoffs, at least three Conference semi-final series extended to seven games.[48]

Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Boston Bruins vs. (6) Carolina Hurricanes[edit]

The Carolina Hurricanes eliminated the Boston Bruins in seven games to advance to their first Eastern Conference Final since their Cup championship season in 2006. Marc Savard scored two goals to help give the Bruins a 4–1 victory in game one,[49] but the Hurricanes won the next three games of the series. First, Carolina goaltender Cam Ward stopped all 36 shots and Matt Cullen provided a shorthanded marker in a 3–0 victory in game two.[50] Next, Jussi Jokinen scored at 2:48 into overtime of game three to give the Hurricanes a 3–2 victory.[51] In game four, Eric Staal scored two goals and Ward stopped 18 out of only 19 shots en route to a 4–1 victory.[52] However, Phil Kessel scored two goals and goaltender Tim Thomas stopped all 19 shots to give Boston a 4–0 victory in game five.[53] Thomas then stopped 31 out of 33 shots and Mark Recchi provided an early game winner to help the Bruins win 4–2 in game six.[54] The Hurricanes led game seven after two periods, but Milan Lucic tied the game at 6:19 in the third. However, Scott Walker scored the game-winning goal at 18:46 into the first overtime period to give the Hurricanes a 3–2 victory and the series.[55]


May 1 Carolina Hurricanes 1–4 Boston Bruins TD Banknorth Garden Recap  
Jussi Jokinen (4) – 18:50 First period 01:34 – Aaron Ward (1)
No scoring Second period 07:21 – Marc Savard (3)
12:41 – Michael Ryder (5)
No scoring Third period 07:21 – Marc Savard (4)
Cam Ward 20 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Tim Thomas 26 saves / 27 shots
May 3 Carolina Hurricanes 3–0 Boston Bruins TD Banknorth Garden Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Joe Corvo (1) – 02:30
Matt Cullen (1) – sh – 07:32
Second period No scoring
Eric Staal (6) – en – 19:32 Third period No scoring
Cam Ward 36 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Tim Thomas 22 saves / 24 shots
May 6 Boston Bruins 2–3 OT Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center Recap  
Milan Lucic (1) - 08:43 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 16:49 – ppEric Staal (7)
17:58 – Sergei Samsonov (1)
Mark Recchi (1) – 09:03 Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 02:48 – Jussi Jokinen (5)
Tim Thomas 38 saves / 41 shots Goalie stats Cam Ward 21 saves / 23 shots
May 8 Boston Bruins 1–4 Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center Recap  
No scoring First period 04:54 – ppEric Staal (8)
Marc Savard (5) – pp – 02:37 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 02:42 – ppJussi Jokinen (6)
14:31 – Sergei Samsonov (2)
15:41 – Eric Staal (9)
Tim Thomas 27 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Cam Ward 18 saves / 19 shots
May 10 Carolina Hurricanes 0–4 Boston Bruins TD Banknorth Garden Recap  
No scoring First period 14:48 – ppMark Recchi (2)
18:36 – Phil Kessel (5)
No scoring Second period 04:40 – Phil Kessel (6)
No scoring Third period 12:21 – Milan Lucic (2)
Cam Ward 36 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Tim Thomas 19 saves / 19 shots
May 12 Boston Bruins 4–2 Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center Recap  
Mark Recchi (3) – 02:01
Steve Montador (1) – 05:04
First period No scoring
Marc Savard (6) – 08:53
Chuck Kobasew (3) – 18:03
Second period 02:49 – Matt Cullen (2)
No scoring Third period 07:20 – Sergei Samsonov (3)
Tim Thomas 31 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Cam Ward 15 saves / 19 shots
May 14 Carolina Hurricanes 3–2 OT Boston Bruins TD Banknorth Garden Recap  
Rod Brind'Amour (1) – 13:59 First period 07:42 – Byron Bitz (1)
Sergei Samsonov (4) – 07:45 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 06:19 – Milan Lucic (3)
Scott Walker (1) – 18:46 First overtime period No scoring
Cam Ward 34 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Tim Thomas 34 saves / 37 shots
Carolina won series 4–3


(2) Washington Capitals vs. (4) Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

The Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to their second consecutive Eastern Conference Final after defeating the Washington Capitals, 6–2, in game seven of their Conference Semi-final series. The Capitals appeared to have control of the series after winning the first two games. In game one, Washington goaltender Semyon Varlamov came up with a career-high 34 saves and Tomas Fleischmann provided a decisive third period goal in a 3–2 victory.[56] Then in game two, both the Penguins' Sidney Crosby and the Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin each earned hat tricks, but David Steckel's goal in the second period ultimately made the difference in Washington's 4–3 win.[57] However, Pittsburgh went on to win three consecutive games. Late in the third period of game three, Evgeni Malkin appeared to have the game winning powerplay marker for the Penguins, but Nicklas Backstrom tied the game on a Washington powerplay at 18:10. Kris Letang's game-winning goal at 11:23 into overtime gave the Penguins a 3–2 win.[58] Pittsburgh then erupted to score three goals in the first period of game four, coming from the sticks of Sergei Gonchar, Bill Guerin, and Ruslan Fedotenko, en route to a 5–3 victory.[59] The Penguins also had another overtime victory in game five, with Evgeni Malkin scoring this time on a power play at 3:28 into the extra period for a 4–3 win.[60] The Capitals rebounded in game six with an overtime victory of their own, as David Steckel scored at 6:22 into the extra period to give Washington a 5–4 win.[61]

In the deciding seventh game of the series, Varlamov, who had posted a 2.21 GAA and two shutouts in the playoffs, was pulled in the second period as the Penguins took a 4–0 lead only 2:13 into the second period.[62][63] At the time that Varlamov was replaced by Jose Theodore, Pittsburgh had outshot Washington 18–5.[62][64] The Penguins won 6-2 in dominating fashion, picking up a pair of goals from Crosby, to close out the series.[62]

Crosby finished the series with thirteen points—one fewer than Ovechkin's fourteen points, which was the highest single-series point total since the 1995 Stanley Cup playoffs.[65]


May 2 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–3 Washington Capitals Verizon Center Recap  
Sidney Crosby (5) – 04:09 First period 13:50 – Dave Steckel (1)
17:03 – ppAlexander Ovechkin (4)
Mark Eaton (3) – 12:54 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 01:46 – Tomas Fleischmann (2)
Marc-Andre Fleury 23 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Simeon Varlamov 34 saves / 36 shots
May 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 3–4 Washington Capitals Verizon Center Recap  
Sidney Crosby (6) – pp – 06:38 First period No scoring
Sidney Crosby (7) – 10:57 Second period 02:18 – Alexander Ovechkin (5)
15:49 – Dave Steckel (2)
Sidney Crosby (8) – pp – 19:29 Third period 12:53 – pp – Alexander Ovechkin (6)
15:22 – Alexander Ovechkin (7)
Marc-Andre Fleury 29 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Simeon Varlamov 33 saves / 36 shots
May 6 Washington Capitals 2–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 09:29 – Ruslan Fedotenko (2)
Alexander Ovechkin (8) – 01:23 Second period No scoring
Nicklas Backstrom (1) – pp – 18:10 Third period 15:01 – ppEvgeni Malkin (5)
No scoring First overtime period 11:23 – Kris Letang (1)
Simeon Varlamov 39 saves / 42 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 21 saves / 23 shots
May 8 Washington Capitals 3–5 Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena Recap  
Nicklas Backstrom (2) – 00:36 First period 03:55 – ppSergei Gonchar (2)
10:47 – Bill Guerin (3)
15:25 – Ruslan Fedotenko (3)
Chris Clark (1) – 15:08 Second period No scoring
Milan Jurcina (2) – sh – 06:23 Third period 04:16 – Sidney Crosby (9)
14:46 – Maxime Talbot (2)
Simeon Varlamov 23 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 19 saves / 22 shots
May 9 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–3 OT Washington Capitals Verizon Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Jordan Staal (1) – 05:17 Second period 06:16 – Alexander Ovechkin (9)
14:35 – ppNicklas Backstrom (3)
Ruslan Fedotenko (4) – 00:51
Matt Cooke (1) – 06:27
Third period 15:52 – Alexander Ovechkin (10)
Evgeni Malkin (6) – pp – 03:28 First overtime period No scoring
Marc-Andre Fleury 28 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Simeon Varlamov 38 saves / 42 shots
May 11 Washington Capitals 5–4 OT Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 05:55 – Bill Guerin (4)
Viktor Kozlov (3) – 06:27
Tomas Fleischmann (3) – 14:42
Second period 19:26 – Mark Eaton (4)
Alexander Semin (6) – pp – 05:38
Viktor Kozlov (4) – 06:07
Third period 04:40 – ppKris Letang (2)
15:42 – Sidney Crosby (10)
Dave Steckel (3) – 06:22 First overtime period No scoring
Simeon Varlamov 38 saves / 42 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 19 saves / 24 shots
May 13 Pittsburgh Penguins 6–2 Washington Capitals Verizon Center Recap  
Sidney Crosby (11) – pp – 12:36
Craig Adams (1) – 12:44
First period No scoring
Bill Guerin (5) – 00:28
Kris Letang (3) – 02:12
Jordan Staal (2) – 11:37
Second period 18:09 – Alexander Ovechkin (11)
Sidney Crosby (12) – 02:32 Third period 06:36 – Brooks Laich (2)
Marc-Andre Fleury 19 saves / 21 shots Goalie stats Simeon Varlamov 14 saves / 18 shots
Jose Theodore 10 saves / 12 shots
Pittsburgh won series 4–3


Western Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (8) Anaheim Ducks[edit]

The Detroit Red Wings advanced to their third consecutive Western Conference Final, and eighth since 1995, after eliminating the Anaheim Ducks in seven games. This Conference Semifinal match up featured the last two winners of the Stanley Cup, with Anaheim and Detroit winning the Cup in 2007 and 2008 respectively.[66] This also marked the fifth series the two teams faced each other in since their first encounter in 1997. Both teams had won two series' each with the Wings winning in 1997 and 1999, and the Ducks winning in 2003 and 2007.

In game one, Nicklas Lidstrom scored two goals, including the game-winner with about 49 seconds left in regulation to break a 2–2 tie to give the Red Wings the victory.[67] Anaheim's Todd Marchant scored at 1:15 into triple overtime of game two to give the Ducks a 4–3 victory, after goaltender Jonas Hiller stopped 59 Red Wing shots.[68] Game three then ended in controversy: Anaheim was nursing a 2–1 lead with 1:04 remaining in the third period, aided by Hiller's eventual 45 saves and goals from Teemu Selanne and Scott Neidermayer. Detroit's Marian Hossa appeared to have scored the game-tying goal, but referee Brad Watson blew the play dead after losing sight of the puck and the Ducks held on to win the game.[69] Despite the controversial call, the Red Wings bounced back to even the series in game four, with Hossa and Johan Franzen scoring two goals apiece en route to a 6–3 victory.[70] Detroit then went on to win game five, 4–1, with Franzen and Jiri Hudler scoring just 39 seconds apart in the second period to provide the game's first goals.[71] In game six, goaltender Jonas Hiller stopped 38 out of 39 shots as Ryan Getzlaf and Cory Perry each scored to give the Ducks a 2–1 victory.[72] In game seven, Bobby Ryan pulled the Ducks into a 3-3 tie at 7:37 of the third period. However, Red Wings forward Dan Cleary scored the game-winning goal with 3:00 left in regulation after Hiller lost sight of the puck behind him and pushed it over the goal line, to give the Red Wings a 4–3 victory and the series.[73]


May 1 Anaheim Ducks 2–3 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
Corey Perry (4) – 07:28 First period 12:33 – ppJohan Franzen (3)
Teemu Selanne (2) – pp – 19:43 Second period 14:24 – ppNicklas Lidstrom (2)
No scoring Third period 19:10 – Nicklas Lidstrom (3)
Jonas Hiller 34 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 22 saves / 24 shots
May 3 Anaheim Ducks 4–3 3OT Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
Ryan Getzlaf (3) – 08:16
Chris Pronger (2) – pp – 08:50
First period 06:00 – ppBrad Stuart (1)
13:54 – Mikael Samuelsson (1)
Ryan Carter (2) – pp – 04:42 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 05:19 – Johan Franzen (4)
Todd Marchant (1) – 01:14 Third overtime period No scoring
Jonas Hiller 59 saves / 62 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 42 saves / 46 shots
May 5 Detroit Red Wings 1–2 Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Recap  
No scoring First period 12:49 – Teemu Selanne (3)
Henrik Zetterberg (4) – pp – 14:20 Second period 08:16 – ppScott Niedermayer (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Chris Osgood 21 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Jonas Hiller 45 saves / 46 shots
May 7 Detroit Red Wings 6–3 Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Recap  
Johan Franzen (5) – 11:49
Johan Franzen (6) – 19:24
First period 00:42 – Corey Perry (5)
Marian Hossa (3) – 16:02
Marian Hossa (4) – pp – 19:04
Second period 11:03 – Corey Perry (6)
Mikael Samuelsson (2) – 02:46
Henrik Zetterberg (5) – en – 17:27
Third period 10:03 – ppScott Niedermayer (3)
Chris Osgood 25 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Jonas Hiller 28 saves / 33 shots
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 6 saves / 6 shots
May 10 Anaheim Ducks 1–4 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Ryan Whitney (1) – pp – 15:37 Second period 03:23 – Johan Franzen (7)
04:02 – Jiri Hudler (3)
No scoring Third period 16:52 – Darren Helm (1)
19:08 – enHenrik Zetterberg (6)
Jonas Hiller 34 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 16 saves / 17 shots
May 12 Detroit Red Wings 1–2 Anaheim Ducks Honda Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 02:21 – ppRyan Getzlaf (4)
17:35 – Corey Perry (7)
Johan Franzen (8) – pp – 17:35 Third period No scoring
Chris Osgood 26 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Jonas Hiller 38 saves / 39 shots
May 14 Anaheim Ducks 3–4 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 15:43 – ppJiri Hudler (4)
Teemu Selanne (4) – 14:50
Corey Perry (8) – pp – 17:12
Second period 01:17 – Darren Helm (2)
16:23 – Mikael Samuelsson (3)
Bobby Ryan (5) – 07:37 Third period 17:00 – Daniel Cleary (3)
Jonas Hiller 36 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 24 saves / 27 shots
Detroit won series 4–3


(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (4) Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

The Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the Vancouver Canucks, four games to two, to advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 1995. This was just the third time that these two teams faced each other in the playoffs. In 1982, the Canucks eliminated the Blackhawks in five games in the Campbell Conference final, while the Blackhawks won a 1995 conference semifinals series in a four-game sweep.

Sami Salo scored at 18:47 in the third period of game one to break a 3–3 tie, giving the Canucks an eventual 5–3 win.[74] The Blackhawks bounced back in game two, overcoming a 2–0 deficit in the second period to go on to a 6–3 victory, with Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland scoring two goals each.[75] Vancouver regained the series lead in game three, with goaltender Roberto Luongo stopping 23 out of 24 shots and Steve Bernier providing a powerplay goal to earn a 3–1 victory.[76] However, Chicago went on to win the next three games to close the series. First, Martin Havlat tied game four at 17:16 in the third period and Andrew Ladd scoring at 2:52 into overtime to give the Blackhawks a 2–1 victory.[77] Dustin Byfuglien then scored two goals en route to a 4–2 Chicago win in game five.[78] Finally, the Blackhawks won a high-scoring game six, 7–5, with Patrick Kane earning a hat trick, as the Blackhawks reached the Conference Finals for the first time since 1995.[79]


April 30 Chicago Blackhawks 3–5 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
No scoring First period 15:22 – ppPavol Demitra (1)
No scoring Second period 05:13 – Henrik Sedin (2)
15:23 – Ryan Kesler (1)
Patrick Kane (3) – 01:01
Patrick Kane (4) – pp – 10:11
Dave Bolland (1) – 14:31
Third period 18:47 – Sami Salo (2)
19:44 – enRyan Johnson (1)
Nikolai Khabibulin 22 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Roberto Luongo 28 saves / 31 shots
May 2 Chicago Blackhawks 6–3 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
No scoring First period 05:35 – ppSami Salo (3)
06:44 – ppAlexander Edler (1)
Patrick Sharp (4) – 10:24
Patrick Sharp (5) – pp – 13:30
Dave Bolland (2) – sh – 16:50
Second period No scoring
Ben Eager (1) – 02:13
Patrick Kane (5) – 05:48
Dave Bolland (3) – en – 18:50
Third period 17:15 – ppHenrik Sedin (3)
Nikolai Khabibulin 18 saves / 21 shots Goalie stats Roberto Luongo 26 saves / 31 shots
May 5 Vancouver Canucks 3–1 Chicago Blackhawks United Center Recap  
Mason Raymond (1) – 15:34 First period No scoring
Steve Bernier (2) – pp – 01:00
Henrik Sedin (4) – 08:04
Second period 11:09 – ppBrian Campbell (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Roberto Luongo 23 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 18 saves / 21 shots
May 7 Vancouver Canucks 1–2 OT Chicago Blackhawks United Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Darcy Hordichuk (1) – 08:32 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 17:16 – Martin Havlat (4)
No scoring First overtime period 02:52 – Andrew Ladd (2)
Roberto Luongo 26 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 14 saves / 15 shots
May 9 Chicago Blackhawks 4–2 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
Dustin Byfuglien (2) – 15:27 First period 17:54 – ppRyan Kesler (2)
Dustin Byfuglien (3) – 18:22 Second period 11:16 – Mats Sundin (2)
Dave Bolland (4) – pp – 14:55
Martin Havlat (5) – en – 18:58
Third period No scoring
Nikolai Khabibulin 19 saves / 21 shots Goalie stats Roberto Luongo 26 saves / 29 shots
May 11 Vancouver Canucks 5–7 Chicago Blackhawks United Center Recap  
Mason Raymond (2) – 11:13 First period 13:13 – Patrick Kane (6)
Daniel Sedin (3) – 11:09
Shane O'Brien (1) – 14:49
Second period 03:54 – ppKris Versteeg (3)
10:17 – ppJonathan Toews (3)
Mats Sundin (3) – 03:43
Daniel Sedin (4) – pp – 12:15
Third period 05:41 – Adam Burish (2)
13:00 – Patrick Kane (7)
13:49 – pp – Jonathan Toews (4)
16:17 – Patrick Kane (8)
Roberto Luongo 23 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 33 saves / 38 shots
Chicago won series 4–2


Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Final[edit]

(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (6) Carolina Hurricanes[edit]

The Pittsburgh Penguins swept the Carolina Hurricanes, four games to none, to advance to their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final series. Pittsburgh jumped to a 2–0 lead in the first period of game one, with goals by Miroslav Satan and Evgeni Malkin, before Philippe Boucher added a third period power play goal. Marc-Andre Fleury made a sprawling save on an Eric Staal one-timer in the closing seconds to allow the Penguins to hang on for a 3–2 victory. Game two featured offensive assaults by both teams. Patrick Eaves tied the game for Carolina early in the third period, but Malkin responded by scoring two highlight reel markers to complete a hat trick en route to a 7–4 win. In game three, Malkin had two goals and an assist in a 6–2 victory. Carolina outplayed Pittsburgh for much of game four and got off to a hot start when Staal scored on a wrap around move. However, the Penguins scored four unanswered goals, including a Max Talbot tally that ricocheted strangely off of goaltender Cam Ward to let the Penguins take the lead late in the opening frame, as they picked up a 4–1 win.


May 18 Carolina Hurricanes 2–3 Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 09:17 – Miroslav Satan (1)
10:41 – Evgeni Malkin (7)
Chad LaRose (3) – 13:04 Second period No scoring
Joe Corvo (2) – pp – 18:34 Third period 11:33 – ppPhilippe Boucher (1)
Cam Ward 28 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 23 saves / 25 shots
May 21 Carolina Hurricanes 4–7 Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena Recap  
Chad LaRose (4) – 03:07
Jussi Jokinen (7) – 08:40
Dennis Seidenberg (1) – 12:10
First period 01:51 – Sidney Crosby (13)
08:15 – Evgeni Malkin (8)
No scoring Second period 03:11 – Maxime Talbot (3)
19:52 – Chris Kunitz (1)
Patrick Eaves (1) – 02:35 Third period 08:50 – Evgeni Malkin (9)
12:25 – Evgeni Malkin (10)
18:11 – enTyler Kennedy (3)
Cam Ward 35 saves / 41 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 24 saves / 28 shots
May 23 Pittsburgh Penguins 6–2 Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center Recap  
Evgeni Malkin (11) – pp – 06:50
Sidney Crosby (14) – 19:17
Evgeni Malkin (12) – 19:48
First period 04:06 – Matt Cullen (3)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Ruslan Fedotenko (5) – 11:29
Craig Adams (2) – en – 18:12
Bill Guerin (6) – pp – 18:52
Third period 01:58 – Sergei Samsonov (5)
Marc-Andre Fleury 32 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Cam Ward 34 saves / 39 shots
May 26 Pittsburgh Penguins 4–1 Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center Recap  
Ruslan Fedotenko (6) – 08:21
Maxime Talbot (4) – 18:31
First period 01:36 – Eric Staal (10)
Bill Guerin (7) – 12:10 Second period No scoring
Craig Adams (3) – en – 18:50 Third period No scoring
Marc-Andre Fleury 30 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Cam Ward 21 saves / 24 shots
Pittsburgh won series 4–0


Western Conference Final[edit]

(2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (4) Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

The Detroit Red Wings eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks, four games to one, to advance to their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final series. Three of the five games in the series were decided in overtime. Dan Cleary scored two goals en route to a 5–2 Detroit victory in game one. In game two, Jonathan Toews scored two Chicago goals, including one that tied the game at 12:20 in the third period. However, Mikael Samuelsson scored at 5:14 into overtime to give the Red Wings a 3–2 win. Chicago bounced back in game three with a 4–3 win of Patrick Sharp's overtime goal at 1:52 into the extra period. The Blackhawks took an early 3-0 lead in the game but saw Detroit bounce back with three goals from defencemen in the second period. During the game, Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin was injured and replaced for the third period and overtime by Cristobal Huet. The game also featured a controversial hit from Nicklas Kronwall that injured star Chicago winger Martin Havlat. Detroit dominated game four, winning 6–1, with Marian Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg each tallying a pair of goals. Game 5 was an exhibition in goaltending with Chris Osgood and Cristobal Huet each making a variety of spectacular saves. However, Darren Helm proved to be the eventual hero, scoring at 3:58 into overtime to give the Red Wings a 2–1 win and the series. This was the last Western Conference Finals series to be played entirely outside of California until 2018.


May 17 Chicago Blackhawks 2–5 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
Adam Burish (3) – 05:25 First period 08:23 – Daniel Cleary (4)
No scoring Second period 16:38 – Johan Franzen (9)
Kris Versteeg (4) – pp – 03:12 Third period 07:31 – Mikael Samuelsson (4)
08:58 – Daniel Cleary (5)
19:17 – enHenrik Zetterberg (7)
Nikolai Khabibulin 38 saves / 42 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 30 saves / 32 shots
May 19 Chicago Blackhawks 2–3 OT Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
Jonathan Toews (5) – pp – 12:49 First period 16:43 – ppBrian Rafalski (2)
No scoring Second period 14:06 – Daniel Cleary (6)
Jonathan Toews (6) – 12:20 Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 05:14 – Mikael Samuelsson (5)
Nikolai Khabibulin 35 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 37 saves / 39 shots
May 22 Detroit Red Wings 3–4 OT Chicago Blackhawks United Center Recap  
No scoring First period 08:45 – ppPatrick Sharp (6)
09:50 – Andrew Ladd (3)
Nicklas Lidstrom (4) – pp – 14:38
Brian Rafalski (3) – 17:10
Jonathan Ericsson (2) – 19:01
Second period 00:45 – Samuel Pahlsson (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 01:52 – Patrick Sharp (7)
Chris Osgood 23 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 21 saves / 24 shots
Cristobal Huet 6 saves / 6 shots
May 24 Detroit Red Wings 6–1 Chicago Blackhawks United Center Recap  
Marian Hossa (5) – sh – 08:41
Johan Franzen (10) – 19:39
First period No scoring
Valtteri Filppula (1) – pp – 01:13
Marian Hossa (6) – 04:05
Henrik Zetterberg (8) – pp – 07:42
Second period 03:53 – ppJonathan Toews (7)
Henrik Zetterberg (9) – pp – 12:47 Third period No scoring
Chris Osgood 18 saves / 19 shots
Ty Conklin 9 saves / 9 shots
Goalie stats Cristobal Huet 21 saves / 26 shots
Corey Crawford 6 saves / 7 shots
May 27 Chicago Blackhawks 1–2 OT Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Patrick Kane (9) – 12:53 Third period 06:08 – Daniel Cleary (8)
No scoring First overtime period 03:58 – Darren Helm (3)
Cristobal Huet 44 saves / 46 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 30 saves / 31 shots
Detroit won series 4–1


Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams and a rematch of the previous year's Stanley Cup Finals which Detroit won in six games. This was the first time since 1983 and 1984 that same teams met in consecutive finals. This was Detroit's twenty-fourth Finals appearance; while Pittsburgh made their fourth appearance in the Finals. The teams split their two-game regular season series.


May 30 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–3 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
Ruslan Fedotenko (7) – 18:37 First period 13:38 – Brad Stuart (2)
No scoring Second period 19:02 – Johan Franzen (11)
No scoring Third period 02:46 – Justin Abdelkader (1)
Marc-Andre Fleury 27 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 31 saves / 32 shots
May 31 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–3 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
Evgeni Malkin (13) – pp – 16:50 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 04:21 – Jonathan Ericsson (3)
10:29 – Valtteri Filppula (2)
No scoring Third period 02:47 – Justin Abdelkader (2)
Marc-Andre Fleury 23 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 31 saves / 32 shots
June 2 Detroit Red Wings 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena Recap  
Henrik Zetterberg (10) – 06:19
Johan Franzen (12) – pp – 11:33
First period 04:48 – Maxime Talbot (5)
15:57 – ppKris Letang (4)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 10:29 – ppSergei Gonchar (3)
19:03 – en – Maxime Talbot (6)
Chris Osgood 17 saves / 20 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 27 saves / 29 shots
June 4 Detroit Red Wings 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena Recap  
Darren Helm (4) – 18:19 First period 02:39 – ppEvgeni Malkin (14)
Brad Stuart (3) – 00:46 Second period 08:35 – shJordan Staal (3)
10:34 – Sidney Crosby (15)
14:12 – Tyler Kennedy (4)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Chris Osgood 27 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 37 saves / 39 shots
June 6 Pittsburgh Penguins 0–5 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 13:32 – Daniel Cleary (9)
No scoring Second period 01:44 – Valtteri Filppula (3)
06:11 – ppNiklas Kronwall (2)
08:26 – ppBrian Rafalski (3)
15:40 – ppHenrik Zetterberg (11)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Marc-Andre Fleury 16 saves / 21 shots
Mathieu Garon 8 saves / 8 shots
Goalie stats Chris Osgood 22 saves / 22 shots
June 9 Detroit Red Wings 1–2 Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 00:51 – Jordan Staal (4)
Kris Draper (1) – 08:01 Third period 05:35 – Tyler Kennedy (5)
Chris Osgood 29 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Marc-Andre Fleury 25 saves / 26 shots
June 12 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–1 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Maxime Talbot (7) – 01:13
Maxime Talbot (8) – 10:07
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 13:53 – Jonathan Ericsson (4)
Marc-Andre Fleury 23 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 16 saves / 18 shots
Pittsburgh won series 4–3


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.[80]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins 24 14 22 36 +3 51
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 24 15 16 31 +9 14
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings 23 11 13 24 +13 13
Johan Franzen Detroit Red Wings 23 12 11 23 +8 12
Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 14 11 10 21 +10 8
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks 13 4 14 18 +3 25
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 21 4 12 16 +11 6
Valtteri Filppula Detroit Red Wings 23 3 13 16 +8 8
Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes 18 10 5 15 -3 4
Daniel Cleary Detroit Red Wings 23 9 6 15 +17 12
Bill Guerin Pittsburgh Penguins 24 7 8 15 +8 15
Marian Hossa Detroit Red Wings 23 6 9 15 +5 10
Martin Havlat Chicago Blackhawks 16 5 10 15 0 8
Nicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals 14 3 12 15 +3 8

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.[81][82]

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO Min
Tim Thomas Boston Bruins 11 7 4 323 21 1.85 .935 1 679:44
Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 23 15 8 637 47 2.01 .926 2 1,405:51
Jonas Hiller Anaheim Ducks 13 7 6 524 30 2.23 .943 2 806:43
Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 7 3 4 239 17 2.39 .929 1 426:41
Roberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks 10 6 4 304 26 2.52 .914 1 617:57
Semyon Varlamov Washington Capitals 13 7 6 389 32 2.53 .918 2 758:52

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]

In the US, NBC broadcast the first two and final three games of the Final, while Versus broadcast games three and four.[83] In Canada, all games of the Final were broadcast in English on the CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and in French on the cable network RDS.

The CBC featured a new broadcast team calling the series: Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson.

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