2009 Stanley Cup playoffs

Logo for 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs

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 5 teams with highest point totals from the teams remaining), play a best-of-seven series for the conference quarterfinals, semifinals and championships, and then the conference champions will play 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 to have not made the playoffs. Also, home teams set a record by going 13-2 in the openers of all the series combined.

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

After the regular season, the standard of 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The San Jose Sharks were the Western Conference regular season champions and the Presidents' Trophy winners with the best record at 117 points. The Boston Bruins earned a number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with 116 points.

Eastern Conference

  1. Boston BruinsNortheast Division champions and Eastern Conference regular season champions, 116 points
  2. Washington CapitalsSoutheast Division champions, 108 points
  3. New Jersey DevilsAtlantic Division champions, 106 points
  4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 99 points
  5. Philadelphia Flyers – 99 points
  6. Carolina Hurricanes – 97 points
  7. New York Rangers – 95 points
  8. Montreal Canadiens – 93 points*

*Montreal finished with exactly the same record as the Florida Panthers (including number of wins), but garnered more points (the Canadiens with six, the Panthers with three) in the four game season series between them, to earn the 8th spot.

Western Conference

  1. San Jose SharksPacific Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions and President's Trophy winners, 117 points
  2. Detroit Red WingsCentral Division champions, 112 points
  3. Vancouver CanucksNorthwest Division champions, 100 points
  4. Chicago Blackhawks – 104 points
  5. Calgary Flames – 98 points
  6. St. Louis Blues – 92 points
  7. Columbus Blue Jackets – 92 points
  8. Anaheim Ducks – 91 points

Playoff bracket

  Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
1  Boston Bruins 4     1  Boston Bruins 3  
8  Montreal Canadiens 0     6  Carolina Hurricanes 4  

2  Washington Capitals 4 Eastern Conference
7  New York Rangers 3  
    6  Carolina Hurricanes 0  
  4  Pittsburgh Penguins 4  
3  New Jersey Devils 3  
6  Carolina Hurricanes 4  
4  Pittsburgh Penguins 4   2  Washington Capitals 3
5  Philadelphia Flyers 2     4  Pittsburgh Penguins 4  

  E4  Pittsburgh Penguins 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W2  Detroit Red Wings 3
1  San Jose Sharks 2     2  Detroit Red Wings 4
8  Anaheim Ducks 4     8  Anaheim Ducks 3  
2  Detroit Red Wings 4
7  Columbus Blue Jackets 0  
  2  Detroit Red Wings 4
  4  Chicago Blackhawks 1  
3  Vancouver Canucks 4  
6  St. Louis Blues 0   Western Conference
4  Chicago Blackhawks 4   3  Vancouver Canucks 2
5  Calgary Flames 2     4  Chicago Blackhawks 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 1 and 2 and if necessary, 5 and 7, while the lower-seeded team had home ice for games 3, 4, and if necessary, game 6.

Conference Quarterfinals

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

(1) Boston Bruins vs. (8) Montreal Canadiens

For an NHL-record 32nd time, the Bruins and Canadiens were facing each other. 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 (6 points to 3).

Boston swept Montreal, 4 games to 0, scoring at least four goals in each win. With the score tied 2–2 entering the third period of Game 1, 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 2.[3] Game 3 resembled Game 1 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 4 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]

Boston won series 4–0

(2) Washington Capitals vs. (7) New York Rangers

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 3 games to 1 deficit to win the series. The Rangers won Game 1 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 2, 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 3 by stopping all 33 Ranger shots, and Alexander Semin scored two goals, to give the Capitals 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 4.[9] In Game 5, the Capitals limited the Rangers to just 20 shots to win 4–0. 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 6 to score five goals, including powerplay markers from Mike Green and Ovechkin, for a 5–3 victory.[11] After Game 6, 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 7 to give the Capitals a 2–1 victory and eliminate the Rangers.[13]

Washington won series 4–3

(3) New Jersey Devils vs. (6) Carolina Hurricanes

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.

New Jersey won Game 1 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 2, 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 4 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 of 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 5 (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 6.[20] The Hurricanes were behind for much of Game 7 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]

Carolina won series 4–3

(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Philadelphia Flyers

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 1, sparking the Penguins to a 4–1 win against an undisciplined Flyers team that took 12 penalties.[22] In Game 2, 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 3 with a 6–3 victory that featured two goals by Simon Gagne.[24] Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-André 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 5.[26] Then in Game 6, Philadelphia jumped to a 3–0 lead in the second period and appeared to be on their way to force a Game 7. 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]

Pittsburgh won series 4–2

Western Conference Quarter-finals

(1) San Jose Sharks vs. (8) Anaheim Ducks

The series between the Sharks and Ducks was just the second time in NHL history 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, 4 games to 2, to become just the fourth team (after the 1991 Minnesota North Stars over the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2000 Sharks over the St. Louis Blues, and the 2006 Edmonton Oilers over the Detroit Red Wings) to eliminate a Presidents' Trophy winner in the first round of the playoffs. Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller earned two shutout victories in Games 1 and 4, stopping a total of 66 shots. Game 1 was deadlocked until a Scott Niedermayer powerplay goal broke the ice at 5:18 in the third, while Game 4 was dominated by Anaheim and featured two goals from Bobby Ryan[28][29] Hiller also stopped 42 out of 44 shots in Game 2, as Drew Miller picked up the game winner,[30] and 36 out of 37 shots in a Game 6 that saw the Ducks produce powerplay goals from Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne. In total, Hiller allowed only 10 goals in the series.[31] For the Sharks, Dan Boyle scored 2 goals in Game 3 to give San Jose a 4–3 win in that contest,[32] while Patrick Marleau scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 to give the Sharks a 3–2 overtime victory.[33] However, back in Anaheim for Game 6, 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 4 games to 2.[31]

Anaheim won series 4–2

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

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 3 points head-to-head versus 10.

The Red Wings swept the Blue Jackets, 4 games to 0. 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 2. Jiri Hudler broke the ice at 10:48 in the second period for the Game 1 win. Detroit picked up powerplay goals from Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall, and Hudler in Game 2. Henrik Zetterberg scored twice in a Game 3 victory[34][35][36]

Game 4 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]

Detroit won series 4–0

(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) St. Louis Blues

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 10 points head-to-head versus 3.

Vancouver swept St. Louis, 4 games to 0, 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 1, winning 2–1 by gaining goals from Daniel Sedin and Sami Salo and killing off a long Blues 5-on-3 power play midway through the first period.[38] Vancouver then shutout St. Louis in Game 2, 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 3, but Vancouver held on to a 3–2 win off of 3 power play goals, with Mattias Ohlund, Sedin, and Steve Bernier providing the man-advantage tallies.[40] In Game 4, 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]

Vancouver won series 4–0

(4) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (5) Calgary Flames

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 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 1 for the Blackhawks, 3–2.[42] Then in Game 2, 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 3, David Moss scored two goals to help the Flames earn a 4–2 victory.[44] In Game 4, Calgary scored 6 goals, including 2 each by their top stars Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen, to win 6–4.[45] The Blackhawks responded in Game 5 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, 4–1, in Game 6 to win the series, with Patrick Kane providing the early game winner and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin stopping 43 out of 44 shots.[47]

Chicago won series 4–2

Conference Semi-finals

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

Eastern Conference Semi-finals

(1) Boston Bruins vs. (6) Carolina Hurricanes

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 1,[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 2.[50] Next, Jussi Jokinen scored at 2:48 into overtime of Game 3 to give the Hurricanes a 3–2 victory.[51] In Game 4, 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 5.[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 6.[54] The Hurricanes led Game 7 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]

Carolina won series 4–3

(2) Washington Capitals vs. (4) Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to their second consecutive Eastern Conference Final after defeating the Washington Capitals, 6–2, in Game 7 of their Conference Semi-final series. The Capitals appeared to have control of the series after winning the first two games. In Game 1, Washington goaltender Simeon 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 2, 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 straight games. Late in the third period of Game 3, 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 3 goals in the first period, coming from the sticks of Sergei Gonchar, Bill Guerin, and Ruslan Fedotenko, en route to a 5–3 victory in Game 4.[59] The Penguins also had another overtime victory in Game 5, 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 6 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 Game 7, 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]

Pittsburgh won series 4–3

Western Conference Semi-finals

(2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (8) Anaheim Ducks

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 one two series' each with the Wings winning in 1997 and 1999, and the Ducks winning in 2003 and 2007.

In Game 1, 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 2 to give the Ducks a 4–3 victory, after goaltender Jonas Hiller stopped 59 Red Wing shots.[68] Game 3 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 4, with Hossa and Johan Franzen scoring 2 goals apiece en route to a 6–3 victory.[70] Detroit then went on to win Game 5, 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 6, 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 7, 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]

Detroit won series 4–3

(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (4) Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the Vancouver Canucks, 4 games to 2, 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.The Hawks finished the regular season with 4 more points than the Canucks. However, since the Canucks won their division and the Blackhawks did not, Vancouver had Home ice for the series

Sami Salo scored at 18:47 in the third period of Game 1 to break a 3–3 tie, giving the Canucks an eventual 5–3 win.[74] The Blackhawks bounced back in Game 2, 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 3, 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 4 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 5.[78] Finally, the Blackhawks won a high-scoring Game 6, 7–5, with Patrick Kane earning a hat trick, as the Blackhawks reached the Conference Finals for the first time since 1995.[79]

Chicago won series 4–2

Conference Finals

Eastern Conference Final: (4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (6) Carolina Hurricanes

The Pittsburgh Penguins swept the Carolina Hurricanes, 4 games to 0, to advance to their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final series. Pittsburgh jumped to a 2–0 lead in the first period of Game 1, 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 2 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 3, Malkin had 2 goals and an assist in a 6–2 victory. Carolina outplayed Pittsburgh for much of Game 4 and got off to a hot start when Staal scored on a wrap around move. However, the Penguins scored 4 unanswered goals, including a Max Talbot tally that ricocheted stranglely 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.

Pittsburgh won series 4–0

Western Conference Final: (2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (4) Chicago Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 1, 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 1. In Game 2, 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 3 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 4, 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.

Detroit won series 4–1

Stanley Cup Finals

In the US, NBC broadcast the first two and final three games of the Final, while Versus broadcast games three and four.[80] 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.

Pittsburgh won series 4–3

Statistical leaders


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.[81]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins 24 14 22 36 +3 51
Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 24 15 16 31 +9 14
Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings 23 11 13 24 +13 13
Franzen, JohanJohan Franzen Detroit Red Wings 23 12 11 23 +8 12
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 14 11 10 21 +10 8
Getzlaf, RyanRyan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks 13 4 14 18 +3 25
Lidstrom, NicklasNicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 21 4 12 16 +11 6
Filppula, ValtteriValtteri Filppula Detroit Red Wings 23 3 13 16 +8 8
Staal, EricEric Staal Carolina Hurricanes 18 10 5 15 -3 4
Cleary, DanielDaniel Cleary Detroit Red Wings 23 9 6 15 +17 12
Guerin, BillBill Guerin Pittsburgh Penguins 24 7 8 15 +8 15
Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa Detroit Red Wings 23 6 9 15 +5 10
Havlat, MartinMartin Havlat Chicago Blackhawks 16 5 10 15 0 8
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals 14 3 12 15 +3 8

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


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.[82][83]

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO Min
Thomas, TimTim Thomas Boston Bruins 11 7 4 323 21 1.85 .935 1 679:44
Osgood, ChrisChris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 23 15 8 637 47 2.01 .926 2 1,405:51
Hiller, JonasJonas Hiller Anaheim Ducks 13 7 6 524 30 2.23 .943 2 806:43
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 7 3 4 239 17 2.39 .929 1 426:41
Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks 10 6 4 304 26 2.52 .914 1 617:57
Varlamov, SemyonSemyon 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)

See also


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