1999 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1999 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1998–99 season, and the culmination of the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Eastern Conference champion Buffalo Sabres and the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars. It was the 106th year of the Stanley Cup being contested.
|1999 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* indicates periods of overtime|
|Location(s)||Dallas: Reunion Arena (1, 2, 5)|
Buffalo: Marine Midland Arena (3, 4, 6)
|Coaches||Dallas: Ken Hitchcock|
Buffalo: Lindy Ruff
|Captains||Dallas: Derian Hatcher|
Buffalo: Michael Peca
|Referees||Terry Gregson (1, 3, 6)|
Bill McCreary (1, 4, 6)
Kerry Fraser (2, 4)
Dan Marouelli (2, 5)
Don Koharski (3, 5)
|Dates||June 8 – June 19|
|MVP||Joe Nieuwendyk (Stars)|
|Series-winning goal||Brett Hull (14:51, 3OT, G6)|
Fox (United States, in Dallas)
ESPN (United States, in Buffalo)
|Announcers||Bob Cole and Harry Neale (CBC)|
Mike Emrick and John Davidson (Fox)
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement (ESPN)
The Sabres were led by captain Michael Peca, head coach Lindy Ruff and goaltender Dominik Hasek. The Stars were led by captain Derian Hatcher, head coach Ken Hitchcock and goaltender Ed Belfour. The Stars defeated the Sabres four games to two to win their first Stanley Cup, becoming the eighth post-1967 expansion team to earn a championship, and the first team based in the Southern United States to win the Cup.
The series ended with a controversial triple-overtime goal in game six, when replays showed that Stars forward Brett Hull scored with his skate in the crease. Although the Sabres protested later, the league stated that the goal had been reviewed and was judged as a good goal, since Hull had maintained possession of the puck as it exited the crease just before he shot it.
|June 8||Buffalo Sabres||3–2||OT||Dallas Stars||Reunion Arena||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||10:17 – Hull (Modano, Lehtinen) PP|
|No scoring||Second period||No scoring|
|Barnes (Juneau, Smehlik) – 08:33
Primeau (Zhitnik, Smehlik) PP – 13:37
|Third period||19:11 – Lehtinen (Modano, Zubov)|
|Woolley (Brown) – 15:30||First overtime period||No scoring|
|Dominik Hasek 35 saves / 37 shots||Goalie stats||Ed Belfour 21 saves / 24 shots|
The opening game was in Dallas and it was the visiting Buffalo Sabres who struck first, winning 3–2 in overtime. Dallas led 1–0 on a power play goal by Brett Hull, but Stu Barnes and Wayne Primeau scored 5:04 apart in the third to give Buffalo a 2–1 lead. Jere Lehtinen tied the game in the final minute of the third period, but Jason Woolley scored at 15:30 of overtime to give the Sabres the series lead.
|June 10||Buffalo Sabres||2–4||Dallas Stars||Reunion Arena||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||No scoring|
|Peca (Woolley, Satan) PP – 07:22||Second period||18:26 – Langenbrunner (Matvichuk, Nieuwendyk)|
|Zhitnik PP – 05:36||Third period||04:25 – Ludwig (Skrudland)|
17:10 – Hull (Hrkac, Chambers)
19:34 – Hatcher (Zubov) EN
|Dominik Hasek 27 saves / 30 shots||Goalie stats||Ed Belfour 19 saves / 21 shots|
With three seconds left in the period, Dallas center Mike Modano tripped Buffalo goaltender Dominik Hasek, and a number of scrums broke out as time expired. Dallas winger Joe Nieuwendyk fought Buffalo center Brian Holzinger in the circle to the right of Hasek. These were the first fighting majors in three years in the final round, and it was also Nieuwendyk's first fighting major in five years in either the playoffs or regular season.
After the scoreless opening period, the teams traded goals in the middle frame. Craig Ludwig's first goal in 102 playoff games gave Dallas its first lead of the game in the third period, but Alexei Zhitnik tied it 71 seconds later. Brett Hull scored on a slap shot, a one-timer on a pass from Tony Hrkac, from the top of the circle to Hasek's left with 2:50 remaining in the game, but Buffalo had an excellent chance to tie the game with Derian Hatcher being assessed a high-sticking minor 19 seconds later. During the power play, Buffalo pulled Hasek for a 6-on-4 attacking advantage, but the Stars were able to kill the penalty, and Hatcher scored an empty-netter just three seconds after emerging from the penalty box. The empty net goal sealed the win for Dallas, and evened the series at one game apiece. Mike Modano left the game with approximately ten minutes to play after suffering a broken wrist.
|June 12||Dallas Stars||2–1||Buffalo Sabres||Marine Midland Arena||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||No scoring|
|Nieuwendyk (Reid, Langenbrunner) – 15:33||Second period||07:51 – Barnes (Smehlik, Holzinger)|
|Nieuwendyk (Langenbrunner, Reid) – 09:35||Third period||No scoring|
|Ed Belfour 11 saves / 12 shots||Goalie stats||Dominik Hasek 27 saves / 29 shots|
The series shifted to Buffalo for games three and four. It was the visiting Dallas Stars turn to win one on the road, winning 2–1. With Modano hampered by his wrist injury, and Hull leaving the game with a groin injury, Joe Nieuwendyk's two goals, including his sixth game-winner of the playoffs, led Dallas to the win.
|June 15||Dallas Stars||1–2||Buffalo Sabres||Marine Midland Arena||Recap|
|Lehtinen (Modano, Hatcher) PP – 10:14||First period||08:09 – Sanderson|
|No scoring||Second period||07:37 – Ward|
|No scoring||Third period||No scoring|
|Ed Belfour 16 saves / 18 shots||Goalie stats||Dominik Hasek 30 saves / 31 shots|
Facing a two games to one deficit in the series, the Sabres came through with a 2–1 victory on Dixon Ward's game-winning goal in the second period.
|June 17||Buffalo Sabres||0–2||Dallas Stars||Reunion Arena||Recap|
|No scoring||First period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Second period||02:23 – Sydor (Modano, Zubov) PP|
|No scoring||Third period||15:21 – Verbeek (Matvichuk, Modano)|
|Dominik Hasek 19 saves / 21 shots||Goalie stats||Ed Belfour 23 saves / 23 shots|
With the series tied at two games apiece and returning to Dallas, Ed Belfour made 23 saves to shut out the Sabres, and move Dallas within one win of the Stanley Cup.
|June 19||Dallas Stars||2–1||3OT||Buffalo Sabres||Marine Midland Arena||Recap|
|Lehtinen (Modano, Ludwig) – 08:09||First period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Second period||18:21 – Barnes (Primeau, Zhitnik)|
|No scoring||Third period||No scoring|
|Hull (Lehtinen, Modano) – 14:51||Third overtime period||No scoring|
|Ed Belfour 53 saves / 54 shots||Goalie stats||Dominik Hasek 48 saves / 50 shots|
The series shifted back to Marine Midland Arena for game six, where the Dallas Stars would seek their first Stanley Cup, while the Buffalo Sabres would fight for a win to extend the series to a seventh and final game.
Dallas, which allowed the first goal in the earlier two games played at Marine Midland Arena, took a 1–0 lead on one of its few scoring chances in the first period when Lehtinen scored his tenth goal of the playoffs at 8:09. The Sabres tied the game with their first goal since the third period of game four when Barnes' wrist shot eluded Belfour with 1:39 to play in the second period.
The game remained tied at one through the third period and the first two overtime periods, despite several chances by both teams to score. At 14:51 of the third overtime period, Brett Hull scored to end the series and win Dallas their first Stanley Cup. Joe Nieuwendyk was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.
It was the longest Cup-winning game in Finals history, and the second-longest Finals game overall, after game one of the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals, which ended at 15:13 of the third overtime.
This was the first time since 1994 that the Stanley Cup Finals did not end in a sweep. It is the Stars' only Stanley Cup win, while Buffalo has not returned to the Finals since. It was the Sabres' second Stanley Cup Finals appearance; the first was a loss to Philadelphia in 1975. It was the third appearance for the Stars' franchise, and their first since moving to Dallas from Minnesota in 1993. Minnesota (known at the time as the North Stars) lost in the Finals to the New York Islanders in 1981 and to Pittsburgh in 1991. Dallas returned to the Finals in 2000 and 2020 but lost both series.
Hull's series-ending goalEdit
In the third overtime, Jere Lehtinen took a shot from the left circle that was stopped by Dominik Hasek. Brett Hull was not in the crease for the first shot. The rebound came near Hull's left skate, which Hull used to kick the puck to his stick, which was just outside the crease. His left skate entered the crease just before his second shot went in and ended the series.
None of the Sabres players or coaches questioned the legality of the goal in the immediate aftermath. It was not until league commissioner Gary Bettman was on the ice to hand out the trophies that Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff returned to his bench and began screaming at Bettman to explain why the goal had not been reviewed. In the Sabres' locker room, players who had seen the replays were infuriated. Hasek recalled, "My first reaction was 'Let's get back on the ice.' But it's 2 o'clock in the morning and I look at everyone and it's like, 'I'm already out of my pants. It's impossible.'"
The NHL had sent a private memo out earlier in the season with a clarification to the in-the-crease rule. The memo stated that if a player was in control of the puck, a skate could be in the crease even if the puck was not, and a goal in that circumstance would count. NHL Director of Officiating Bryan Lewis said after the game that the goal had been reviewed, just as every goal that season had been, and the officials in the video review booth had determined that since Hull was deemed to have been in possession of the puck throughout the play, he was allowed to shoot and score a goal, even though one skate had entered the crease before the puck.
Bolded years under Finals appearance indicates year won Stanley Cup.
Stanley Cup engravingEdit
The following Stars players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup
1998–99 Dallas Stars
Coaching and administrative staff
- Thomas O. Hicks (Chairman/Owner/Governor), Jim Lites (President), Bob Gainey (Vice President/General Manager)
- Doug Armstrong *Rod Houston (Asst. General Manager), Craig Button (Director of Player Personnel), Ken Hitchcock (Head Coach)
- Doug Jarvis (Asst. Coach), Rick Wilson (Asst. Coaches), Rick McLaughlin (Vice President-Chief Financial Officer), Jeff Cogen (Vice President-Marketing & Promotions)
- Bill Strong (Vice President-Marketing & Broadcasting), Tim Bernhardt (Director-Amateur Scouting), Doug Overton (Director-Pro Scouting)
- Bob Gernader (Chief Scout), Stu McGregor (Western Scout), Dave Suprenant (Medical Trainer)
- Dave Smith (Equipment Manager), Rick Matthews (Asst. Equipment Manager), Jean-Jacque McQueen (Strength-Conditioning Coach)
- Rick St. Croix (Goaltending Consultant), Dan Stuchal (Director of Team Services), Larry Kelly (Director of Public Relations)
Stanley Cup engraving
- † Brent Severyn played only 30 games, missing 22 regular season games due to injuries, and was a healthy scratch for the playoffs. Dallas asked the NHL to include his name, because he spent the entire season with Dallas.
- †† Derek Plante – played 41 regular season games for Buffalo and 10 for Dallas NHL total 51 games. He also played 6 playoff games. His name was included on the cup, because he spent the whole season in the NHL.
- Mike Modano and Shawn Chambers were the only players on the roster remaining from 1990-91 Minnesota North Stars. Chambers left the Stars in summer of 1991. for Washington. He joined Tampa Bay in summer of 1992. Chambers won the Stanley Cup first year in New Jersey in 1995, before rejoining the Stars in summer of 1997. The North Stars in 1990-91 were coached by Bob Gainey (who would become general manager in 1992 and hold the position when the team relocated), where they lost in 6 games to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals.
Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993 to become the Dallas Stars. Chambers was not with the North Stars/Stars for the whole period between 1991 and 1997, as he won the Stanley Cup in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils, before rejoining the Stars.
Included on the team picture, but left off the Stanley Cup.
- In February, Dallas added #6 Doug Lidster (D) from the Canadian national team, and #37 Brad Lukowich (D), from the minor league Kalamazoo Wings. Lidster played 17 regular season and 4 playoff games. Lukowich played 14 regular season and 8 playoff games (2 games in conference finals). They were left off the cup even though they played in the playoffs.
- Leon Friedrich† (Video Coordinator), Craig Lowery† (Trainer Asst.), Doug Warner† (Equipment Asst.) – All 5 members were awarded Stanley Cup Rings
In Canada, the series was televised on CBC. In the United States, this was fifth and final year in which coverage of the Cup Finals was split between Fox and ESPN. Fox aired games one, two, and five; while ESPN had games three, four, and six. Had there been a game seven, it would have aired on Fox. Under the U.S. TV contracts that would take effect beginning next season, ABC would take over for Fox as the NHL's network television partner.
The following year, the Dallas Stars successfully returned to the Stanley Cup Finals. At that time, they faced the New Jersey Devils but lost in six games. As for the Buffalo Sabres, they lost in the first round to the Philadelphia Flyers in five games.
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