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The 2002 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2001–02 season, and the culmination of the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings and the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes. It was Detroit's twenty-second appearance in the Final, their previous appearance being a win in 1998. It was Carolina's first appearance in the Final in franchise history. Detroit defeated Carolina in five games to win their tenth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. The Red Wings became the first team in NHL history to win the Cup after starting the playoffs with two losses at home. After losing the first two games in the Conference Quarterfinals to the Vancouver Canucks, the Red Wings won 16 of their next 21 games en route to win their third Cup since 1997 for coach Scotty Bowman. Bowman won his ninth Cup as a head coach (he had previously won it in that capacity with the Montreal Canadiens in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979, with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992, and with Detroit in 1997 and 1998), surpassing the mark he held jointly with Montreal coach Toe Blake.

2002 Stanley Cup Finals
2002 Stanley Cup Logo.svg
12345 Total
Detroit Red Wings 2*33***33 4
Carolina Hurricanes 3*12***01 1
* indicates periods of overtime
Location(s)Detroit: Joe Louis Arena (1, 2, 5)
Raleigh: Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena (3, 4)
CoachesDetroit: Scotty Bowman
Carolina: Paul Maurice
CaptainsDetroit: Steve Yzerman
Carolina: Ron Francis
National anthemsDetroit: Karen Newman
Carolina: Unknown
RefereesBill McCreary (1, 3, 5)
Stephen Walkom (1, 3, 5)
Don Koharski (2, 4)
Paul Devorski (2, 4)
DatesJune 4 – June 13
MVPNicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings)
Series-winning goalBrendan Shanahan (14:04, second, G5)
NetworksESPN (games 1, 2), ABC (games 3, 4, 5), CBC, SRC, NASN
Announcers(CBC) Bob Cole, Harry Neale (ESPN/ABC) Gary Thorne, Bill Clement

Paths to the FinalsEdit

Carolina defeated the New Jersey Devils, the Canadiens, and the Toronto Maple Leafs in six games apiece to advance to the Finals.

Detroit defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4–2, the St. Louis Blues 4–1 and the defending Cup champion Colorado Avalanche 4–3 to advance to the Finals.

Game summariesEdit

This was the first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Hurricanes (formerly the Hartford Whalers), who made an unlikely run to the Cup. While they were seeded third as a division winner, in actuality they had the second-lowest point total (91) for a playoff team not only in the Eastern Conference, but also the whole NHL (ahead of only Montreal). In their whole NHL history, they had only won one playoff series prior to this season (as the Whalers in 1986), and had streaks of five and six seasons in which they did not make the playoffs. With the Red Wings having won the Presidents' Trophy with 116 points, the 25-point differential was the largest between two teams in a Stanley Cup Finals since 1994 (27 points between New York Rangers (112) and the Canucks (85)).[1]

The Hurricanes stunned the Red Wings in the first game on the strength of Ron Francis's overtime goal. That would be Carolina's only win in the series as the Red Wings won four straight including a triple overtime win in game three that proved to be the turning point in the series. The Cup win would be the first for many veterans on the team including goaltender Dominik Hasek, forward Luc Robitaille, and defensemen Steve Duchesne and Fredrik Olausson. It also marked the second Cup win for Chris Chelios, sixteen years after he first won the Cup as a member of the Montreal Canadiens in 1986.

Game oneEdit


Game one summary
  • First period:
    • Scoring:
      • 1. DETROIT FEDOROV (YZERMAN) 15:21 (PPG)
    • Penalties:
      • Hedican (Car) (high-sticking) 8:03, Robitaille (Det) (tripping) 10:28, Hill (Car) (tripping) 11:15, Wesley (Car) (interference) 15:03.
  • Second period:
    • Scoring:
      • 2. CAROLINA HILL (KAPANEN, FRANCIS) 3:30 (PPG)
      • 3. DETROIT MALTBY (McCARTY) 10:39
      • 4. CAROLINA O'NEILL (WARD) 19:10
    • Penalties:
      • Carolina bench (too many men) 0:34, Larionov (Det) (high-sticking) 2:07, Draper (Det) (hooking) 2:44, Svoboda (Car) (high-sticking) 4:28, Wallin (Car) (roughing) 7:41, Dandenault (Det) (tripping) 12:12.
  • Third period:
    • Scoring: No goals.
    • Penalties:
      • Devereaux (Det) (holding the stick) 5:49, Larionov (Det) (high-sticking) 12:17, Cole (Car) (hooking) 18:19.
  • First overtime:
    • Scoring:
      • 5. CAROLINA FRANCIS (O'NEILL, KAPANEN) 0:58 (GWG)
    • Penalties:
      • None
  • Goalie statistics:
  • Shots by period:
Team 1 2 3 1OT T
Carolina 7 13 5 1 26
Detroit 8 12 5 0 25

Game twoEdit


Game two summary
  • First period:
    • Scoring:
      • 1. DETROIT MALTBY (DRAPER, CHELIOS) 6:33 (SHG)
      • 2. CAROLINA BRIND'AMOUR (unassisted) 14:47 (SHG)
    • Penalties:
      • Draper (Det) (boarding) 1:25, Duchesne (Det) (holding) 5:21, Hill (Car) (slashing) 6:33, Svoboda (Car) (roughing) 14:03, Hill (Car) (holding) 16:23.
  • Second period:
    • Scoring: No goals.
    • Penalties:
      • Battaglia (Car) (holding) 1:05, Duchesne (Det) (tripping) 3:55, Detroit bench (too many men) 7:23, Gelinas (Car) (interference) 10:10, Ward (Car) (holding) 18:03.
  • Third period:
    • Scoring:
      • 3. DETROIT LIDSTROM (FEDOROV, YZERMAN) 14:52 (PPG, GWG)
      • 4. DETROIT DRAPER (LIDSTROM, OLAUSSON) 15:05
    • Penalties:
      • Fischer (Det) (high-sticking) 9:38, Gelinas (Car) (slashing) 14:00, Fischer (Det) (slashing) 17:15, Battaglia (Car) (charging) 17:45, Brind'Amour (Car), Cole (Car), McCarty (Det), Maltby (Det), Chelios (Det) (roughing) 19:33, Hull (Det) (tripping) 19:41.
  • Goalie statistics:
  • Shots by period:
Team 1 2 3 T
Carolina 7 4 6 17
Detroit 9 8 13 30

Game threeEdit


Game three summary
  • First period:
    • Scoring:
      • 1. CAROLINA VASICEK (GELINAS, WESLEY) 14:49
    • Penalties:
      • Brind'Amour (Car) (holding the stick) 1:45, Hedican (Car) (boarding) 3:32, O'Neill (Car) (boarding) 11:34, Lidstrom (Det) (tripping) 12:30, Devereaux (Det) (slashing) 19:15.
  • Second period:
    • Scoring:
      • 2. DETROIT LARIONOV (HULL) 5:33
    • Penalties:
      • Maltby (Det), Ward (Car) (unsportsmanlike conduct) 5:13, Chelios (Det) (interference) 8:12, Fedorov (Det), Hill (Car) (holding) 19:44, Hill (Car) (tripping) 13:24.
  • Third period:
    • Scoring:
      • 3. CAROLINA O'NEILL (FRANCIS) 7:34
      • 4. DETROIT HULL (LIDSTROM, FEDOROV) 18:46
    • Penalties:
      • Shanahan (Det), Vasicek (Car) (roughing) 5:25, Duchesne (Det) (holding) 9:58, Shanahan (Det), Hill (Car) (roughing) 19:01.
  • First overtime:
    • Scoring: No goals.
    • Penalties:
      • Duchesne (Det), Svoboda (Car) (roughing) 18:23.
  • Second overtime:
    • Scoring: No goals.
    • Penalties:
      • Cole (Car) (holding the stick) 8:35, Olausson (Det) (holding) 13:25.
  • Third overtime:
    • Scoring:
      • 5. DETROIT LARIONOV (HOLMSTROM, DUCHESNE) 14:47 (GWG)
    • Penalties:
      • None.
  • Goalie statistics:
  • Shots by period:
Team 1 2 3 1OT 2OT 3OT T
Detroit 6 7 16 11 6 7 53
Carolina 8 6 7 5 8 9 43

Game fourEdit


Game four summary
  • First period:
    • Scoring: No goals.
    • Penalties:
      • Wesley (Car) (hooking) 2:05, Fedorov (Det) (high-sticking), Cole (Car) (goaltender interference) 16:54.
  • Second period:
    • Scoring:
      • 1. DETROIT HULL (DEVEREAUX, OLAUSSON) 6:32 (GWG)
    • Penalties:
      • Robitaille (Det) (high-sticking) 9:06, Duchesne (Det) (holding the stick) 14:34.
  • Third period:
    • Scoring:
      • 2. DETROIT LARIONOV (FISCHER, ROBITAILLE) 3:43
      • 3. DETROIT SHANAHAN (FEDOROV, CHELIOS) 14:43
    • Penalties:
      • Hill (Car) (boarding) 8:34.
  • Goalie statistics:
  • Shots by period:
Team 1 2 3 T
Detroit 10 6 11 27
Carolina 6 7 4 17

Game fiveEdit


Game five summary
  • First period:
    • Scoring: No goals.
    • Penalties:
      • Carolina bench (too many men) 12:09.
  • Second period:
    • Scoring:
      • 1. DETROIT HOLMSTROM (LARIONOV, CHELIOS) 4:07
      • 2. DETROIT SHANAHAN (FEDOROV, YZERMAN) 14:04 (PPG, GWG)
      • 3. CAROLINA O'NEILL (HILL, WESLEY) 18:50 (PPG)
    • Penalties:
      • Slegr (Det) (holding) 6:00, Svoboda (Car) (roughing) 13:34, Cole (Car) (roughing) 16:15, Shanahan (Det) (hooking) 16:53.
  • Third period:
    • Scoring:
      • 4. DETROIT SHANAHAN (YZERMAN) 19:15 (EN)
    • Penalties:
      • Fedorov (Det) (cross-checking) 5:23, Vasicek (Car) (interference) 8:12.
  • Goalie statistics:
  • Shots by period:
Team 1 2 3 T
Carolina 5 7 5 17
Detroit 12 8 7 27

Team rostersEdit

Carolina HurricanesEdit

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
1 Arturs Irbe L 1998–99   Riga, Soviet Union first
80 Kevin Weekes L 2001–02   Toronto, Ontario first (did not play)
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
2 Glen Wesley - A L 1994–95   Red Deer, Alberta third (1988, 1990)
4 Aaron Ward R 2001–02   Windsor, Ontario third (1997, 1998)
5 Marek Malik L 1993   Ostrava, Czechoslovakia first
6 Bret Hedican L 2001–02   Saint Paul, Minnesota second (1994)
7 Niclas Wallin L 2000   Boden, Sweden first
22 Sean Hill R 2001–02   Duluth, Minnesota second (1993)
45 David Tanabe R 1999   White Bear Lake, Minnesota first (did not play)
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
10 Ron FrancisC C L 1998–99   Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario third (1991, 1992)
11 Jeff Daniels C L 1999–2000   Oshawa, Ontario first
12 Craig MacDonald LW L 1996   Antigonish, Nova Scotia first (did not play)
13 Bates Battaglia LW L 1997–98   Chicago, Illinois first
15 Kevyn Adams C R 2001–02   Washington, D.C. first
16 Tommy Westlund RW R 1998   Fors, Sweden first
17 Rod Brind'AmourA C L 1999–2000   Ottawa, Ontario second (1997)
23 Martin Gelinas LW L 1997–98   Shawinigan, Quebec third (1990, 1994)
24 Sami Kapanen RW L 1995   Vantaa, Finland first
26 Erik Cole RW R 1998   Oswego, New York first
27 Craig Adams RW R 1996   Seria, Brunei first (did not play)
62 Jaroslav Svoboda LW L 1998   Červenka, Czechoslovakia first
63 Josef Vasicek C L 1998   Havlíčkův Brod, Czechoslovakia first
92 Jeff O'Neill RW R 1994   Richmond Hill, Ontario first

Detroit Red WingsEdit

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
39 Dominik Hasek L 2001–02   Pardubice, Czechoslovakia third (1992, 1999)
34 Manny Legace L 1999–2000   Toronto, Ontario first (did not play)
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
2 Jiri Fischer L 1998   Hořovice, Czechoslovakia first
5 Nicklas LidstromA L 1989   Krylbo, Sweden fourth (1995, 1997, 1998)
11 Mathieu Dandenault R 1994   Sherbrooke, Quebec third (1997, 1998)
24 Chris Chelios R 1998–99   Chicago, Illinois fourth (1986, 1989, 1992)
27 Fredrik Olausson R 2001–02   Nybro, Sweden first
28 Steve Duchesne L 1997–98   Sept-Îles, Quebec first
71 Jiri Slegr L 2001–02   Jihlava, Czechoslovakia first
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
8 Igor Larionov C L 2000–01   Voskresensk, Soviet Union third (1997, 1998)
13 Pavel Datsyuk C L 1998   Sverdlovsk, Soviet Union first
14 Brendan ShanahanA LW R 1996–97   Etobicoke, Ontario third (1997, 1998)
17 Brett Hull RW R 2001–02   Belleville, Ontario third (1999, 2000)
18 Kirk Maltby RW R 1995–96   Guelph, Ontario third (1997, 1998)
19 Steve YzermanC C R 1983   Burnaby, British Columbia fourth (1995, 1997, 1998)
20 Luc Robitaille LW L 2001–02   Montreal, Quebec second (1993)
21 Boyd Devereaux LW L 2000–01   Seaforth, Ontario first ,
25 Darren McCarty RW R 1992   Burnaby, British Columbia fourth (1995, 1997, 1998)
29 Jason Williams RW R 2000–01   London, Ontario first (did not play)
33 Kris Draper C L 1993–94   Toronto, Ontario fourth (1995, 1997, 1998)
91 Sergei Fedorov C L 1989   Pskov, Soviet Union fourth (1995, 1997, 1998)
96 Tomas Holmstrom LW L 1994   Piteå, Sweden third (1997, , 1998)

BroadcastingEdit

In Canada, the series was televised in English on CBC. This would end up being the last finals broadcast by SRC, as RDS would pick up the French-language broadcast for the next season.

In the United States, ESPN aired the first two games while ABC broadcast the rest of the series.

Detroit Red Wings – 2002 Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit

Players

Coaching and administrative staff

  • Mike Ilitch Sr. (Owner/President/Governor), Marian Ilitch (Owner/Secretary-Treasurer), Christopher Ilitch (Co-President of Ilitch Holdings/Alt. Governor)
  • Denise Ilitch (Co-President of Ilitch Holdings/Alt. Governor), Ronald Ilitch, Michael Ititch Jr. (Minority Owners)
  • Lisa Ilitch Murray, Atanas Ilitch, Carole Ilitch Trepeck (Minority Owners), Jim Devellano (Sr. Vice President/Alt. Governor)
  • Ken Holland (General Manager), Jim Nill (Asst. General Manager), William Scotty Bowman (Head Coach), Dave Lewis (Associate Coach), Barry Smith (Associate Coach)
  • Jim Bedard (Goaltending Consultant), Joey Kocur (Video Coordinator), John Wharton (Athletic Therapist), Piet Van Zant (Asst. Athletic Therapist), Paul Boyer (Equipment Manager)
  • Paul MacDonald (Sr. Director of Finance), Nancy Beard (Executive Asst.), Dan Belisle (Director of Scouting), Mark Howe (Scout)
  • Bob McCammon (Scout), Hakan Andersson (Director of European Scouting), Bruce Haralson (Scout)
  • Mark Leach (Scout), Joe McDonnell (Scout), Glenn Merkosky (Scout).

Included on the team picture, but left off the Stanley Cup

  • #32 Maxim Kuznetsov played in 39 games (2 less than the minimum), but was not dressed in the playoffs. He spent whole season with Detroit, but Detroit did not request his name be included on the Stanley Cup. Detroit wanted to include 30 non players, while still leaving many more non players off. Each NHL team is to dress 20 out a 23 team roster for each games. In 2002 only 22 players' names were added to the Stanley Cup.
  • Tim Abbott† (Asst. Equipment Manager), Sergei Tchekmarev† (Masseur), John Remejes† (Dressing Room Asst.),
  • #4 Uwe Krupp† (D) – missed 60 games injured, played 8 regular season games, and 2 playoff games
  • #42 Sean Avery† (C) – 36 games in minors, 36 games for Detroit
  • #3 Jesse Wallin† (D) – 5 games in minors, 15 games for Detroit, missed most of the season injured
  • #15 Ladislav Kohn†(RW) - 4 games played, 40 games played in Europe
  • #37 Jason Elliott† (G) – was called up from the minors to serve as a practice goalie for Detroit, during the playoffs. Jason Elliot never played in the NHL. He retired after 2006-07 season while playing in Germany. All 9 members were awarded the Stanley Cup Rings.
  • & - played both center and wing due to injuries on the team.
  • && - Sergei Fedorov played a few games at defense during the regular season due to several players being injured at that position. Fedorov played center and right wing regularly during the season.
  • &&& Steve Yzerman - played mostly Left wing with a few shifts at Centre due to a knee injury during the playoffs.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Manny Legace's name was misspelled MANNY LEGECE with an "E" instead of an "A". An "A" was stamped over the second "E" twice to correct this mistake.
  • Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan became the second and third players to win the Olympic Gold Medal in hockey (with team Canada) and the Stanley Cup (with Detroit) in the same year (See 1980 Ken Morrow)
  • Chris Chelios and Brett Hull became the first players to win an Olympic Silver medal (with team United States) and the Stanley Cup (with Detroit) in the same year.
  • 10 Players (Steve Yzerman, Igor Larionov, Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Tomas Holmstrom, Nicklas Lidstrom, & Mathieu Dandenault) won their third Stanley Cup with Detroit.

Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Robinson, Alan (June 5, 2002). "Carolina canes Detroit, forcing fans to stow brooms". Associated Press. Carolina finished 25 points behind Detroit in the regular season, the largest gap in the Finals since the Rangers' 27-point edge over Vancouver in 1994 where the New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years and also their most recent as of 2017.

ReferencesEdit

  • Diamond, Dan (2008). Total Stanley Cup (PDF). Dan Diamond & Associates, Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
Preceded by
Colorado Avalanche
2001
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup champions

2002
Succeeded by
New Jersey Devils
2003