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1998 Stanley Cup playoffs

The 1998 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL), began on April 22, 1998 following the 1997–98 regular season. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-7 series for conference quarterfinals, semifinals and championships, and then the conference champions played a best-of-7 series for the Stanley Cup.

1998 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 22–June 16, 1998
Teams16
Defending championsDetroit Red Wings
Final positions
ChampionsDetroit Red Wings
Runner-upWashington Capitals
Semifinalists
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Steve Yzerman (Red Wings)
(24 points)
MVPSteve Yzerman (Red Wings)
1997
1999

The playoffs concluded on June 16 with the Detroit Red Wings winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship, defeating the Washington Capitals, who appeared in their very first Finals, in a four-game sweep. Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman was named playoff MVP, and awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy. The 1997–98 Detroit Red Wings were the last team to defend their Stanley Cup Championship until the Pittsburgh Penguins successfully defended their Stanley Cup title in 2017.

In the Eastern Semis, the Buffalo Sabres made history as they became the first team in NHL history to complete a four-game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens on Montreal ice.[1]

For the first time since 1969 the Chicago Blackhawks missed the playoffs. Also, both the Islanders and Rangers missed the playoffs in the same season for the first time.

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

Playoff seedsEdit

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Eastern ConferenceEdit

  1. New Jersey Devils, Atlantic Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions – 107 points
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins, Northeast Division champions – 98 points
  3. Philadelphia Flyers – 95 points
  4. Washington Capitals – 92 points
  5. Boston Bruins – 91 points
  6. Buffalo Sabres – 89 points
  7. Montreal Canadiens – 87 points
  8. Ottawa Senators – 83 points

Western ConferenceEdit

  1. Dallas Stars, Central Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 109 points
  2. Colorado Avalanche, Pacific Division champions – 95 points
  3. Detroit Red Wings – 103 points
  4. St. Louis Blues – 98 points
  5. Los Angeles Kings – 87 points
  6. Phoenix Coyotes – 82 points
  7. Edmonton Oilers – 80 points
  8. San Jose Sharks – 78 points

Playoff bracketEdit

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1 New Jersey 2     4 Washington 4  
8 Ottawa 4     8 Ottawa 1  


2 Pittsburgh 2 Eastern Conference
7 Montreal 4  
    4 Washington 4  
  6 Buffalo 2  
3 Philadelphia 1  
6 Buffalo 4  
4 Washington 4   6 Buffalo 4
5 Boston 2     7 Montreal 0  


  E4 Washington 0
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W3 Detroit 4
1 Dallas 4     1 Dallas 4
8 San Jose 2     7 Edmonton 1  
2 Colorado 3
7 Edmonton 4  
  1 Dallas 2
  3 Detroit 4  
3 Detroit 4  
6 Phoenix 2   Western Conference
4 St. Louis 4   3 Detroit 4
5 Los Angeles 0     4 St. Louis 2  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Conference QuarterfinalsEdit

Eastern Conference QuarterfinalsEdit

(1) New Jersey Devils vs. (8) Ottawa SenatorsEdit

Ottawa won series 4–2


(2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (7) Montreal CanadiensEdit

Montreal won series 4–2


(3) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (6) Buffalo SabresEdit

Buffalo won series 4–1


(4) Washington Capitals vs. (5) Boston BruinsEdit

Washington won series 4–2


Western Conference QuarterfinalsEdit

(1) Dallas Stars vs. (8) San Jose SharksEdit

Dallas won series 4–2


(2) Colorado Avalanche vs. (7) Edmonton OilersEdit

Edmonton won series 4–3


(3) Detroit Red Wings vs. (6) Phoenix CoyotesEdit

Detroit won series 4–2


(4) St. Louis Blues vs. (5) Los Angeles KingsEdit

Game four was the last playoff game at the Great Western Forum.


St. Louis won series 4–0


Conference SemifinalsEdit

Eastern Conference SemifinalsEdit

(4) Washington Capitals vs. (8) Ottawa SenatorsEdit

Washington won series 4–1


(6) Buffalo Sabres vs. (7) Montreal CanadiensEdit

Buffalo won series 4–0


Western Conference SemifinalsEdit

(1) Dallas Stars vs. (7) Edmonton OilersEdit

Dallas won series 4–1


(3) Detroit Red Wings vs. (4) St. Louis BluesEdit

Detroit won series 4–2


Conference FinalsEdit

Eastern Conference FinalEdit

(4) Washington Capitals vs. (6) Buffalo SabresEdit

Washington won series 4–2


Western Conference FinalEdit

(1) Dallas Stars vs. (3) Detroit Red WingsEdit

Detroit won series 4–2


Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

This was the first and to date only playoff series between these two teams. Detroit made their twenty-first and second consecutive Finals appearance, while Washington made their first Finals appearance in their twenty-fourth season. Until 2017 this was the last time that the Stanley Cup was successfully defended by the previous year's champion and as of 2019, this is the most recent sweep in the Finals.


Detroit won series 4–0


Playoff statisticsEdit

SkatersEdit

These are the top ten skaters based on points.[2]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings 22 6 18 24 +10 22
Sergei Fedorov Detroit Red Wings 22 10 10 20 0 12
Tomas Holmstrom Detroit Red Wings 22 7 12 19 +9 16
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings 22 6 13 19 +12 8
Joe Juneau Washington Capitals 21 7 10 17 +6 8
Adam Oates Washington Capitals 21 6 11 17 +8 8
Martin Lapointe Detroit Red Wings 21 9 6 15 +6 20
Larry Murphy Detroit Red Wings 22 3 12 15 +12 2
Vyacheslav Kozlov Detroit Red Wings 22 6 8 14 +4 10
Mike Modano Dallas Stars 17 4 10 14 +4 12

GoaltendersEdit

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 are bolded.[3]

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
Ed Belfour Dallas Stars 17 10 7 399 31 1.79 .922 1 1039:02
Curtis Joseph Edmonton Oilers 12 5 7 319 23 1.93 .928 3 715:52
Olaf Kolzig Washington Capitals 21 12 9 740 44 1.95 .941 4 1351:04
Byron Dafoe Boston Bruins 6 2 4 159 14 1.99 .912 1 421:59
Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 15 10 5 514 32 2.03 .938 1 947:55

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "N.H.L.: PLAYOFFS; Buffalo Completes Sweep". May 15, 1998. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. ^ NHL.com - Skater Stats
  3. ^ NHL.com - Goalie Stats
Preceded by
1997 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup Champions Succeeded by
1999 Stanley Cup playoffs