2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs
2001 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 11-June 9, 2001
Defending championsNew Jersey Devils
Final positions
ChampionsColorado Avalanche
Runner-upNew Jersey Devils
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Joe Sakic (Avalanche)
(26 points)
MVPPatrick Roy (Avalanche)

The 2001 Stanley Cup playoffs, the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL), began on April 11, 2001, and ended on June 9, 2001, when the Western Conference champion Colorado Avalanche defeated the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils to win its second Stanley Cup.

Defenceman Ray Bourque, who had a 21-year tenure in Boston, won his first Stanley Cup in his final professional year. Joe Sakic, Swedish center Peter Forsberg, defenceman Rob Blake, and goalkeeper Patrick Roy claimed the Stanley Cup for the final time in their careers. Roy was also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy, his third, the most by any player. No hat tricks were scored in the 2001 playoffs, and goaltenders combined for a record 19 shutouts.[1] This was the first of ten consecutive seasons the Florida Panthers missed the playoffs, the longest playoff drought in NHL history.

Playoff seeds

Eastern Conference

  1. New Jersey Devils, Atlantic Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions - 111 points[2]
  2. Ottawa Senators, Northeast Division champions - 109 points
  3. Washington Capitals, Southeast Division champions - 96 points
  4. Philadelphia Flyers - 100 points
  5. Buffalo Sabres - 98 points
  6. Pittsburgh Penguins - 96 points
  7. Toronto Maple Leafs - 90 points
  8. Carolina Hurricanes - 88 points

Western Conference

  1. Colorado Avalanche, Northwest Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners - 118 points[2]
  2. Detroit Red Wings, Central Division champions - 111 points
  3. Dallas Stars, Pacific Division champions - 106 points
  4. St. Louis Blues - 103 points
  5. San Jose Sharks - 95 points
  6. Edmonton Oilers - 93 points
  7. Los Angeles Kings - 92 points
  8. Vancouver Canucks - 90 points

Playoff bracket

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
1 New Jersey 4     1 New Jersey 4  
8 Carolina 2     7 Toronto 3  

2 Ottawa 0 Eastern Conference
7 Toronto 4  
    1 New Jersey 4  
  6 Pittsburgh 1  
3 Washington 2  
6 Pittsburgh 4  
4 Philadelphia 2   5 Buffalo 3
5 Buffalo 4     6 Pittsburgh 4  

  E1 New Jersey 3
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1 Colorado 4
1 Colorado 4     1 Colorado 4
8 Vancouver 0     7 Los Angeles 3  
2 Detroit 2
7 Los Angeles 4  
  1 Colorado 4
  4 St. Louis 1  
3 Dallas 4  
6 Edmonton 2   Western Conference
4 St. Louis 4   3 Dallas 0
5 San Jose 2     4 St. Louis 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.

Conference Quarterfinals

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

(1) New Jersey Devils vs. (8) Carolina Hurricanes

This was Carolina's second post-season appearance since relocating from Hartford. In their next four playoff appearances the Hurricanes did not lose a series in the first two rounds of the playoffs again until 2020.

New Jersey won series 4-2

(2) Ottawa Senators vs. (7) Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto won series 4-0

(3) Washington Capitals vs. (6) Pittsburgh Penguins

Martin Straka scored the series-winning goal.[3]

Pittsburgh won series 4-2

(4) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (5) Buffalo Sabres

In the first period of Game 1, Dominik Hasek made a save on Mark Recchi's penalty shot opportunity.

Buffalo won series 4-2

Western Conference Quarterfinals

(1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (8) Vancouver Canucks

This was Vancouver's first appearance in the playoffs since the 1995-96 season.[4]

Colorado won series 4-0

(2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (7) Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles won series 4-2

(3) Dallas Stars vs. (6) Edmonton Oilers

Dallas won series 4-2

(4) St. Louis Blues vs. (5) San Jose Sharks

Pavol Demitra scored the series-winning goal.[5]

St. Louis won series 4-2

Conference Semifinals

Eastern Conference Semifinals

(1) New Jersey Devils vs. (7) Toronto Maple Leafs

In game one, Nik Antropov scored the game-winning goal in the second period, while Curtis Joseph saved all 32 shots by the Devils. In game two, the Leafs led by one goal going into the second period. The Devils scored four consecutive goals against Joseph, one each by Gomez, Rafalski, Mogilny and Madden. The Maple Leafs' Sundin scored a short-handed goal 29 seconds into the third period, and the Devils' Mogilny scored a power-play goal 38 seconds after that. The Leafs' Thomas and Sundin combined to score three goals, and the game required overtime, during which the Devils' Randy Mckay scored the game-winning goal. In game three, Rafalski scored the game-winning goal off a deflection in overtime. The Devils recorded 17 more shots than Toronto. In game four, Toronto's Corson scored in the first period, and Berezin and Mats Sundin scored in the second. The Devils' Elias scored a power-play goal in the second period. Maple Leafs' forward Tie Domi checked Devils defenceman Scott Niedermayer, who left the ice rink on a stretcher. In game five, Leafs' defenceman Cory Cross initiated scoring early in the second period, and Devils' right winger Petr Sykora and center Jason Arnott scored one goal each. In the third period, Toronto's Tomas Kaberle scored a goal. In game six, Brian Rafalski scored the game-winning goal for the Devils. In game seven, the Devils' Patrik Elias scored two goals in the second period.

New Jersey won series 4-3

(5) Buffalo Sabres vs. (6) Pittsburgh Penguins

In game one, Penguins center Lemieux scored the game-winning goal in the first period. Centers Wayne Primeau and Jan Hrdina also scored. Penguins winger Jaromir Jagr, who assisted on the Lemieux goal in the first period, injured his leg in the third period and did not play in game two. In game two, the Penguins' Robert Lang, Ference and Kovalev scored goals. Sabres centre Stu Barnes scored. In game three, Sabres defenceman Jason Woolley scored the game-winning goal. His teammates Curtis Brown, Miroslav Satan and James Patrick also scored. In game four, Stu Barnes scored two goals, including the game-winning goal. Buffalo's Jean-Pierre Dumont, Curtis Brown scored also scored. The Penguins' Martin Straka and Janne Laukkanen scored. In game five, Stu Barnes scored the game-winning goal in overtime. His teammates Chris Gratton and Curtis Brown also scored goals. The Penguins' Jaromir Jagr and Aleksey Morozov scored. Martin Straka had an unsuccessful penalty shot. In game six, Martin Straka scored the game-winning goal in overtime. His teammates Mario Lemieux Alexei Kovalev also scored. Buffalo's Maxim Afinogenov and Donald Audette scored for the Sabres. In game seven, Penguins defenceman Darius Kasparaitis scored the game-winning goal in overtime. Pittsburgh's Andrew Ference and Robert Lang also scored. Buffalo's Jean-Pierre Dumont and Steve Heinze scored for the Sabres.

Pittsburgh won series 4-3

Western Conference Semifinals

(1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (7) Los Angeles Kings

In game one, the Avalanche took two minor penalties, one of which led to the game-winning power play goal by Kings defenceman Jaroslav Modry. In game three, Avalanche centre Joe Sakic injured his shoulder and would sit out part of the series. Game six featured 65 shots and one goal, scored by Kings winger Glen Murray in the second overtime.

Colorado won series 4-3

(3) Dallas Stars vs. (4) St. Louis Blues

Dallas was swept for the first time since 1984, during the franchise's Minnesota North Stars era.[6] Game two was the last game played in the Reunion Arena.

St. Louis won series 4-0

Conference Finals

Eastern Conference Final

(1) New Jersey Devils vs. (6) Pittsburgh Penguins

Game three was Martin Brodeur's 11th career postseason shutout, and it was also the first home shutout loss for the Penguins since 1975. In game four, Martin Brodeur recorded his 12th career playoff shutout.

New Jersey won series 4-1

Western Conference Final

(1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (4) St. Louis Blues

In game one, Joe Sakic's penalty shot goal was awarded when Blues goaltender Roman Turek was ruled to have thrown his stick.[]

Colorado won series 4-1

Stanley Cup Finals

The 2001 Finals was the first and, to date, only playoff series between these two teams. Colorado made its second Finals appearance and first since defeating Florida in a four game sweep in 1996. New Jersey made its second consecutive and third overall Finals appearance after defeating Dallas the year before. It was the first Finals match-up to feature both regular season conference champions since 1989. New Jersey won both games in this year's regular season series.

Colorado won series 4-3

Playoff statistics


Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic led the playoffs in scoring for the second time in his career. Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils finished second in playoff scoring with 23 points. The table lists the top 10 point producers.[7][8]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche 21 13 13 26 +6 6
Patrik Elias New Jersey Devils 25 9 14 23 +11 10
Milan Hejduk Colorado Avalanche 23 7 16 23 +8 6
Petr Sykora New Jersey Devils 25 10 12 22 +15 12
Alex Tanguay Colorado Avalanche 23 6 15 21 +13 8
Rob Blake Colorado Avalanche 23 6 13 19 +6 16
Brian Rafalski New Jersey Devils 25 7 11 18 +10 7
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins 18 6 11 17 +4 4
Chris Drury Colorado Avalanche 23 11 5 16 +5 4
Bobby Holik New Jersey Devils 25 6 10 16 +1 37
Alexander Mogilny New Jersey Devils 25 5 11 16 +3 8


The following table lists goaltenders with at least 420 minutes.[9]

Patrick Roy Colorado Avalanche 23 16 7 622 41 1.70 .934 4 1450:56
Roman Turek St. Louis Blues 14 9 5 382 31 2.05 .919 0 908:26
Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 25 15 10 507 52 2.07 .897 4 1504:43
Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 13 7 6 347 29 2.09 .916 1 833:00
Curtis Joseph Toronto Maple Leafs 11 7 4 329 24 2.10 .927 3 684:56

See also


  1. ^ "2000-01 NHL Season Schedule and Results". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b "2000-01 NHL Standings". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Game 6 Summary". NHL.com. April 23, 2001. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Vancouver Canucks Franchise Index". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Pavol Demitra Blues profile". NHL.com. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Stars fall in four". May 4, 2001. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "2001 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Leaders". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Statistics". nhl.com. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Statistics". nhl.com. Retrieved 2016.

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