2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs
2004 Stanley Cup playoffs
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Tournament details
DatesApril 7-June 7, 2004
Teams16
Defending championsNew Jersey Devils
Final positions
ChampionsTampa Bay Lightning
Runner-upCalgary Flames
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Brad Richards (Lightning)
(26 points)
MVPBrad Richards (Lightning)
2003
2006

The 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs for the National Hockey League began on April 7, 2004, following the 2003-04 regular season. The playoffs ended with the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup with a seven-game series win over the Calgary Flames on June 7. It was Tampa Bay's first Stanley Cup victory. It was the Flames' third final appearance, as they came this far in 1986 and 1989, winning the latter. These playoffs ended up being the last playoff tournament until 2006 due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout that resulted in the cancellation of the following season. The 16 qualified teams, eight from each conference, played best-of-seven games for Conference Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals. The winner of each conference proceeded to the Stanley Cup Finals. The format was identical to the one introduced for the 1999 playoffs.

These playoffs marked the first time the Nashville Predators qualified, being in their sixth season in the NHL. Tampa Bay saw playoff action for the third time. This would be the last time that all eastern Canadian teams would make the playoffs together until 2013. This was the last time until 2019 that both Southern California teams, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, missed the playoffs.

The Flames tied the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers for the most games played (26) in one playoff year (later matched by the 2014 Los Angeles Kings, 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning, and 2019 St. Louis Blues). The record was subsequently broken by the Dallas Stars during the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, albeit due to a change in the playoff format.

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

Playoff seeds

Eastern Conference

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning, Southeast Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions - 106 points
  2. Boston Bruins, Northeast Division champions - 104 points
  3. Philadelphia Flyers, Atlantic Division champions - 101 points
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs - 103 points
  5. Ottawa Senators - 102 points
  6. New Jersey Devils - 100 points
  7. Montreal Canadiens - 93 points
  8. New York Islanders - 91 points

Western Conference

  1. Detroit Red Wings, Central Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners - 109 points
  2. San Jose Sharks, Pacific Division champions - 104 points
  3. Vancouver Canucks, Northwest Division champions - 101 points
  4. Colorado Avalanche - 100 points
  5. Dallas Stars - 97 points
  6. Calgary Flames - 94 points
  7. St. Louis Blues - 91 points (39 wins)
  8. Nashville Predators - 91 points (38 wins)

Playoff bracket

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1 Tampa Bay 4     1 Tampa Bay 4  
8 NY Islanders 1     7 Montreal 0  


2 Boston 3 Eastern Conference
7 Montreal 4  
    1 Tampa Bay 4  
  3 Philadelphia 3  
3 Philadelphia 4  
6 New Jersey 1  
4 Toronto 4   3 Philadelphia 4
5 Ottawa 3     4 Toronto 2  


  E1 Tampa Bay 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W6 Calgary 3
1 Detroit 4     1 Detroit 2
8 Nashville 2     6 Calgary 4  
2 San Jose 4
7 St. Louis 1  
  6 Calgary 4
  2 San Jose 2  
3 Vancouver 3  
6 Calgary 4   Western Conference
4 Colorado 4   2 San Jose 4
5 Dallas 1     4 Colorado 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 Quarterfinals

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

(1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (8) New York Islanders

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered the playoffs as the Eastern Conference regular season and Southeast Division champions with 106 points. New York qualified as the eighth seed earning 91 points during the regular season. This was the first playoff series between these two teams. The Islanders won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

Tampa Bay defeated the Islanders in five games. Games one and two saw goaltenders Nikolai Khabibulin of the Lightning and Rick DiPietro of the Islanders trade 3-0 shutouts, with Tampa Bay winning game one and New York winning game two. In games three and four, Khabibulin shut-out the Islanders winning both games by a score of 3-0. In game five, Martin St. Louis scored the game-winner four minutes into overtime.


April 8 New York Islanders 0-3 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 05:07 - André Roy (1)
11:06 - Fredrik Modin (1)
No scoring Third period 10:59 - pp - Fredrik Modin (2)
Rick DiPietro 15 saves / 18 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 30 saves / 30 shots
April 10 New York Islanders 3-0 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
Janne Niinimaa (1) - pp - 11:42 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Jason Blake (1) - 03:36
Jason Blake (2) - en - 19:05
Third period No scoring
Rick DiPietro 22 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 22 saves / 25 shots
April 12 Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Brad Richards (1) - pp - 03:40
Martin St. Louis (1) - 06:32
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Martin St. Louis (2) - en - 19:50 Third period No scoring
Nikolai Khabibulin 28 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Rick DiPietro 21 saves / 23 shots
April 14 Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Martin St. Louis (3) - sh - 10:30 First period No scoring
Ruslan Fedotenko (1) - 18:03 Second period No scoring
Fredrik Modin (3) - 01:34 Third period No scoring
Nikolai Khabibulin 33 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Rick DiPietro 17 saves / 20 shots
April 16 New York Islanders 2-3 OT Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
Oleg Kvasha (1) - pp - 10:41 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 16:18 - Tim Taylor (1)
18:22 - Ruslan Fedotenko (2)
Mark Parrish (1) - 07:28 Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 04:07 - Martin St. Louis (4)
Rick DiPietro 34 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 24 saves / 26 shots
Tampa Bay won series 4-1


(2) Boston Bruins vs. (7) Montreal Canadiens

The Boston Bruins entered the playoffs as the Northeast Division champions, earning the second seed in the Eastern Conference with 104 points. Montreal qualified as the seventh seed, earning 93 points during the regular season. This was the thirtieth playoff series between these two teams, with Montreal winning twenty-two of the twenty-nine previous series. They last met in the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, where Montreal won in six games. Boston won the season series earning seven of ten points during this year's five game regular season series.

The Canadiens overcame a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Bruins in seven games. In game one, the Bruins won a low scoring game 3-0, behind a 31-save shutout from goaltender Andrew Raycroft. In game two, Raycroft allowed one goal and Boston won the game 2-1. Montreal won game three, 3-2. The Canadiens were pushed to the brink of elimination with a 4-3 double-overtime loss in game four. Montreal won game five by a score of 5-1, scoring three third period goals to break open a close game. Montreal forced a seventh game with a 5-2 victory in game six. Montreal completed the comeback with a 2-0 victory in game seven, as goaltender Jose Theodore shut-out the Bruins making 32 saves.


April 7 Montreal Canadiens 0-3 Boston Bruins FleetCenter Recap  
No scoring First period 05:12 - pp - Sergei Gonchar (1)
19:01 - Michael Nylander (1)
No scoring Second period 18:24 - pp - Mike Knuble (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Jose Theodore 36 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Andrew Raycroft 31 saves / 31 shots
April 9 Montreal Canadiens 1-2 OT Boston Bruins FleetCenter Recap  
No scoring First period 15:22 - Michael Nylander (2)
Patrice Brisebois (1) - pp - 15:54 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 01:26 - Patrice Bergeron (1)
Jose Theodore 17 saves / 19 shots Goalie stats Andrew Raycroft 25 saves / 26 shots
April 11 Boston Bruins 2-3 Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre Recap  
Andy Hilbert (1) - 06:34 First period 02:16 - Alexei Kovalev (1)
15:24 - Alexei Kovalev (2)
No scoring Second period 13:32 - Andrei Markov (1)
Brian Rolston (1) - 03:35 Third period No scoring
Andrew Raycroft 29 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Jose Theodore 21 saves / 23 shots
April 13 Boston Bruins 4-3 2OT Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre Recap  
Michael Nylander (3) - 16:25 First period 04:41 - Mike Ribeiro (1)
19:55 - Alexei Kovalev (3)
Jiri Slegr (1) - 11:30 Second period 01:48 - Mike Ribeiro (2)
Mike Knuble (2) - 19:29 Third period No scoring
Glen Murray (1) - 09:27 Second overtime period No scoring
Andrew Raycroft 42 saves / 45 shots Goalie stats Jose Theodore 40 saves / 44 shots
April 15 Montreal Canadiens 5-1 Boston Bruins FleetCenter Recap  
Yanic Perreault (1) - 05:43 First period No scoring
Alexei Kovalev (4) - 07:39 Second period No scoring
Richard Zednik (1) - 03:25
Saku Koivu (1) - pp - 11:16
Craig Rivet (1) - pp - 13:26
Third period 08:23 - Glen Murray (2)
Jose Theodore 43 saves / 44 shots Goalie stats Andrew Raycroft 25 saves / 30 shots
April 17 Boston Bruins 2-5 Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre Recap  
Sergei Samsonov (1) - 07:16 First period 12:37 - Darren Langdon (1)
No scoring Second period 06:03 - Saku Koivu (2)
14:23 - Yanic Perreault (2)
Sergei Samsonov (2) - 04:36 Third period 19:19 - en - Alexei Kovalev (5)
19:56 - en - Jan Bulis (1)
Andrew Raycroft 18 saves / 21 shots Goalie stats Jose Theodore 22 saves / 24 shots
April 19 Montreal Canadiens 2-0 Boston Bruins FleetCenter Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Richard Zednik (2) - 10:52
Richard Zednik (3) - en - 19:52
Third period No scoring
Jose Theodore 32 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Andrew Raycroft 24 saves / 25 shots
Montreal won series 4-3


(3) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (6) New Jersey Devils

The Philadelphia Flyers entered the playoffs as the Atlantic Division champions, earning the third seed in the Eastern Conference with 101 points. New Jersey qualified as the sixth seed earning 100 points during the regular season. This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams with New Jersey winning two of the three previous series. They last met in the 2000 Eastern Conference Final where New Jersey won in seven games. Philadelphia won the season series earning seven of twelve points during this year's six game regular season series.

Philadelphia defeated New Jersey in five games. Keith Primeau scored the game-winning goal in game one as the Flyers hung on to win by a score of 3-2. In game two Mark Recchi gave the Flyers the lead on a power-play goal in the first period, the teams traded goals in the final two periods as Philadelphia won again 3-2. New Jersey scored three times on the power-play in game three as they won the game 4-2. Goaltender Robert Esche stopped 35 shots in game four to earn a 3-0 shutout victory for the Flyers. Danny Markov scored the series winning goal at 14:37 of the third period in game five as the Flyers defeated the Devils with a 3-1 victory.


April 8 New Jersey Devils 2-3 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
No scoring First period 10:19 - Simon Gagne (1)
No scoring Second period 03:55 - pp - Jeremy Roenick (1)
Patrick Elias (1) - 03:53
Jan Hrdina (1) - 04:28
Third period 03:31 - Keith Primeau (1)
Martin Brodeur 23 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Robert Esche 37 saves / 39 shots
April 10 New Jersey Devils 2-3 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
No scoring First period 14:49 - pp - Mark Recchi (1)
Jan Hrdina (2) - 04:44 Second period 07:24 - Alexei Zhamnov (1)
Brian Gionta (1) - 14:35 Third period 10:31 - Mattias Timander (1)
Martin Brodeur 15 saves / 18 shots Goalie stats Robert Esche 24 saves / 26 shots
April 12 Philadelphia Flyers 2-4 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
Jeremy Roenick (2) - pp - 08:49 First period No scoring
Tony Amonte (1) - pp - 03:13 Second period 01:26 - Patrick Elias (2)
04:55 - pp - Paul Martin (1)
17:28 - pp - Patrik Elias (3)
No scoring Third period 07:00 - pp - Brian Gionta (2)
Robert Esche 19 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 23 saves / 25 shots
April 14 Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 New Jersey Devils Continental Airlines Arena Recap  
Kim Johnsson (1) - 01:18 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Alexei Zhamnov (2) - 04:45
Keith Primeau (2) - 16:02
Third period No scoring
Robert Esche 35 saves / 35 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 22 saves / 25 shots
April 17 New Jersey Devils 1-3 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
No scoring First period 13:38 - Alexei Zhamnov (3)
Scott Niedermayer (1) - 13:36 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 14:37 - Danny Markov (1)
19:52 - en - Sami Kapanen (1)
Martin Brodeur 37 saves / 39 shots Goalie stats Robert Esche 31 saves / 32 shots
Philadelphia won series 4-1


(4) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (5) Ottawa Senators

The Toronto Maple Leafs entered the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with 103 points. Ottawa qualified as the fifth seed earning 102 points during the regular season. This was the fourth playoff series in five years between these two teams, and the fourth series overall, Toronto won all three previous meetings. They last met in the 2002 Eastern Conference Semifinals where Toronto won in seven games. Toronto won this year's six game regular season series earning nine of twelve points during the season.

The Maple Leafs eliminated the Senators in seven games. In game one Ottawa scored two power-play goals 38 seconds apart in the second period to pull out a 4-2 victory. The Maple Leafs came through with 2-0 win on the strength of a 31-save shutout by Ed Belfour in game two. Toronto won game three 2-0 as Ed Belfour shutout Ottawa again. Ottawa finally scored late in the first period of game four and they would add three more goals to win the game 4-1. Tie Domi scored the game-winning goal in game five and Ed Belfour posted his third shutout of the series in yet another 2-0 Toronto victory. Ottawa won game six 2-1 in double-overtime as Mike Fisher scored at 1:47. In game seven Ottawa goaltender Patrick Lalime gave up two questionable goals by Joe Nieuwendyk before being pulled after the first period and replaced by backup Martin Prusek, as Toronto earned a series-clinching 4-1 win. This remains to date the Maple Leafs' last postseason series win.


April 8 Ottawa Senators 4-2 Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
Bryan Smolinski (1) - 05:05 First period 03:15 - Joe Nieuwendyk (1)
18:33 - pp - Bryan McCabe (1)
Wade Redden (1) - pp - 10:02
Marian Hossa (1) - pp - 10:40
Second period No scoring
Marian Hossa (2) - 01:39 Third period No scoring
Patrick Lalime 15 saves / 17 shots Goalie stats Ed Belfour 26 saves / 30 shots
April 10 Ottawa Senators 0-2 Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
No scoring First period 10:40 - Gary Roberts (1)
No scoring Second period 06:02 - pp - Gary Roberts (2)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Patrick Lalime 24 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Ed Belfour 31 saves / 31 shots
April 12 Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Joe Nieuwendyk (2) - 01:30 Second period No scoring
Mats Sundin (1) - 14:16 Third period No scoring
Ed Belfour 37 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 15 saves / 17 shots
April 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-4 Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
Gary Roberts (3) - pp - 16:53 First period 19:24 - Daniel Alfredsson (1)
No scoring Second period 13:15 - Marian Hossa (3)
No scoring Third period 03:37 - Todd White (1)
08:00 - pp - Chris Phillips (1)
Ed Belfour 32 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 23 saves / 24 shots
April 16 Ottawa Senators 0-2 Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 01:43 - Tie Domi (1)
15:18 - Joe Nieuwendyk (3)
Patrick Lalime 14 saves / 16 shots Goalie stats Ed Belfour 21 saves / 21 shots
April 18 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-2 2OT Ottawa Senators Corel Centre Recap  
Bryan McCabe (2) - pp - 04:14 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 04:55 - Zdeno Chara (1)
No scoring Second overtime period 01:47 - Mike Fisher (1)
Ed Belfour 44 saves / 46 shots Goalie stats Patrick Lalime 27 saves / 28 shots
April 20 Ottawa Senators 1-4 Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
No scoring First period 06:19 - Chad Kilger (1)
07:41 - Joe Nieuwendyk (4)
19:39 - Joe Nieuwendyk (5)
Vaclav Varada (1) - 00:22 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 07:59 - Bryan McCabe (3)
Patrick Lalime 8 saves / 11 shots
Martin Prusek 14 saves / 15 shots
Goalie stats Ed Belfour 36 saves / 37 shots
Toronto won series 4-3


Western Conference Quarterfinals

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (8) Nashville Predators

The Detroit Red Wings entered the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winners, the Western Conference regular season and Central Division champions, with 109 points. Nashville qualified as the eighth seed earning 91 points (losing the tiebreaker to St. Louis by having fewer wins) during the regular season. This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. The Predators qualified for the playoffs for the first time since entering the league in the 1998-99 season. Nashville won the season series earning seven of twelve points during this year's six game regular season series.

Detroit defeated Nashville in six games. In game one the Red Wings scored three times in the third period and posted a 3-1 victory. Mathieu Schneider scored the game-winning goal late in third period on the power-play in game two. Nashville struck twice in the first period of game three and Tomas Vokoun made 41 saves in the Predators first playoff victory in franchise history. Detroit heavily out-shot Nashville in game four as Predators' goaltender Tomas Vokoun posted a 41 save shutout in a 3-0 Nashville win. In game five, Curtis Joseph started in goal for the Red Wings, and Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal and an assist in the first six minutes of the game as the Red Wings dominated the Predators, winning 4-1. Detroit scored two goals 30 seconds apart in game six and Curtis Joseph posted a shutout as the Red Wings closed out the series with a 2-0 win.


April 7 Nashville Predators 1-3 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
Adam Hall (1) - 00:16 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 00:37 - Kris Draper (1)
04:55 - Tomas Holmstrom (1)
18:15 - Robert Lang (1)
Tomas Vokoun 26 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Manny Legace 23 saves / 24 shots
April 10 Nashville Predators 1-2 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Vladimir Orszagh (1) - 12:41 Second period 05:45 - Robert Lang (2)
No scoring Third period 17:15 - pp - Mathieu Schneider (1)
Tomas Vokoun 26 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Manny Legace 27 saves / 28 shots
April 11 Detroit Red Wings 1-3 Nashville Predators Gaylord Entertainment Center Recap  
No scoring First period 18:23 - sh - David Legwand (1)
19:45 - Adam Hall (2)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Brett Hull (1) - 05:21 Third period 16:03 - Scott Hartnell (1)
Manny Legace 18 saves / 21 shots Goalie stats Tomas Vokoun 41 saves / 42 shots
April 13 Detroit Red Wings 0-3 Nashville Predators Gaylord Entertainment Center Recap  
No scoring First period 10:44 - Steve Sullivan (1)
No scoring Second period 14:21 - Vladimir Orszagh (2)
No scoring Third period 02:04 - Greg Johnson (1)
Manny Legace 8 saves / 11 shots
Curtis Joseph 9 saves / 9 shots
Goalie stats Tomas Vokoun 41 saves / 41 shots
April 15 Nashville Predators 1-4 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 03:19 - Henrik Zetterberg (1)
06:22 - Brett Hull (2)
13:18 - sh - Brendan Shanahan (1)
Sergei Zholtok (1) - pp - 19:22 Second period 09:25 - pp - Nicklas Lidstrom (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Tomas Vokoun 27 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Curtis Joseph 19 saves / 20 shots
April 17 Detroit Red Wings 2-0 Nashville Predators Gaylord Entertainment Center Recap  
Ray Whitney (1) - 01:26
Steve Yzerman (1) - 01:56
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Curtis Joseph 15 saves / 15 shots Goalie stats Tomas Vokoun 24 saves / 26 shots
Detroit won series 4-2


(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (7) St. Louis Blues

San Jose entered the playoffs as the Pacific Division champions, earning the second seed in the Western Conference with 104 points. St. Louis qualified as the seventh seed earning 91 points (winning the tiebreaker over Nashville by having more wins) during the regular season. This was the third playoff series between these two teams; they split the two previous meetings. They last met in the 2001 Western Conference Quarterfinals where St. Louis won in six games. San Jose won this year's four game regular season series earning five of eight points during the season.

San Jose defeated the Blues in five games. Game one saw a defensive battle with San Jose winning the game 1-0, on the strength of a 26-save shutout from Evgeni Nabokov. Chris Osgood was equally strong in net for the Blues, but allowed a goal to Niko Dimitrakos in the first overtime. Nabokov gave up only one goal in game two, a 3-1 Sharks victory highlighted by Patrick Marleau's hat-trick. In game three the Blues used home-ice advantage to post a 4-1 victory getting a hat-trick from Mike Sillinger. The next night, in game four, saw a back-and-forth game that ultimately went to San Jose 4-3. With a chance to knock out the Blues at home in game five the Sharks did just that, winning 3-1.

Shortly after the series, St. Louis left winger Mike Danton, was arrested, charged and convicted in a conspiracy to murder his agent, David Frost.


April 8 St. Louis Blues 0-1 OT San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 09:16 - Niko Dimitrakos (1)
Chris Osgood 28 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 26 saves / 26 shots
April 10 St. Louis Blues 1-3 San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
No scoring First period 17:29 - pp - Patrick Marleau (1)
No scoring Second period 03:52 - pp - Patrick Marleau (2)
Doug Weight (1) - sh - 17:51 Third period 00:48 - sh - Patrick Marleau (3)
Chris Osgood 13 saves / 16 shots
Reinhard Divis 8 saves / 8 shots
Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 25 saves / 26 shots
April 12 San Jose Sharks 1-4 St. Louis Blues Savvis Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 09:56 - Mike Sillinger (1)
17:24 - Dallas Drake (1)
Jonathan Cheechoo (1) - 05:36 Third period 07:51 - Mike Sillinger (2)
19:13 - sh-en - Mike Sillinger (3)
Evgeni Nabokov 25 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 19 saves / 20 shots
April 13 San Jose Sharks 4-3 St. Louis Blues Savvis Center Recap  
Scott Thornton (1) - 06:29 First period 11:25 - Mike Danton (1)
Scott Thornton (2) - 03:35
Alexander Korolyuk (1) - 10:04
Second period No scoring
Alexander Korolyuk (2) - pp - 11:19 Third period 00:34 - Pavol Demitra (1)
15:07 - pp - Doug Weight (2)
Evgeni Nabokov 22 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Chris Osgood 20 saves / 24 shots
April 15 St. Louis Blues 1-3 San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
Brian Savage (1) - 13:10 First period 01:50 - Brad Stuart (1)
No scoring Second period 09:34 - Mark Smith (1)
No scoring Third period 16:22 - Mike Ricci (1)
Chris Osgood 17 saves / 20 shots Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 21 saves / 22 shots
San Jose won series 4-1


(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) Calgary Flames

The Vancouver Canucks entered the playoffs as the Northwest Division champions, earning the third seed in the Western Conference with 101 points. Calgary qualified as the sixth seed earning 94 points during the regular season. This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams with Calgary winning three of the five previous series, they last met in the 1994 Western Conference Quarterfinals, with the Canucks winning in seven games. The Flames qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1996. Vancouver won the season series earning seven of twelve points during this year's six game regular season series.

The Flames eliminated the Canucks in seven games and won their first playoff series since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989. Vancouver scored four times on the power-play in game one as they took the opening game 5-3. Calgary scored two goals 50 seconds apart in the first period of game two in a 2-1 victory. In game three Dan Cloutier was injured in the first period and backup Johan Hedberg replaced him, Matt Cooke scored early in the third period as Vancouver won the game 2-1. Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff recorded a shutout in game four as the Flames won 4-0. In game five Alexander Auld became the third goaltender to play for Vancouver in the series, the Canucks lost the game 2-1. Vancouver stormed out to a 4-0 lead only to see the Flames come back to tie the game in the third period, Brendan Morrison scored 2:28 into the third overtime period in a 5-4 Vancouver victory. Jarome Iginla and Matt Cooke each scored twice in regulation in game seven, Martin Gelinas scored 1:25 into overtime as Calgary won the game 3-2.


April 7 Calgary Flames 3-5 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
No scoring First period 02:34 - pp - Martin Rucinsky (1)
05:24 - pp - Sami Salo (1)
Chris Simon (1) - pp - 04:38
Oleg Saprykin (1) - pp - 05:06
Second period 12:47 - pp - Henrik Sedin (1)
17:51 - Mattias Ohlund (1)
Krzysztof Oliwa (1) - 06:16 Third period 05:26 - pp - Brendan Morrison (1)
Miikka Kiprusoff 17 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Dan Cloutier 26 saves / 29 shots
April 9 Calgary Flames 2-1 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
Jarome Iginla (1) - 03:06
Matthew Lombardi (1) - 03:56
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 09:41 - pp - Markus Naslund (1)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 25 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Dan Cloutier 22 saves / 24 shots
April 11 Vancouver Canucks 2-1 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Markus Naslund (2) - pp - 02:10 Second period 01:04 - Chris Simon (2)
Matt Cooke (1) - 01:29 Third period No scoring
Dan Cloutier 11 saves / 11 shots
Johan Hedberg 19 saves / 20 shots
Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 23 saves / 25 shots
April 13 Vancouver Canucks 0-4 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 00:58 - sh - Stephane Yelle (1)
16:06 - pp - Chris Clark (1)
16:33 - Shean Donovan (1)
No scoring Third period 18:13 - en - Jarome Iginla (2)
Johan Hedberg 28 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 20 saves / 20 shots
April 15 Calgary Flames 2-1 Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Craig Conroy (1) - pp - 03:50 Second period 16:19 - pp - Henrik Sedin (2)
Jarome Iginla (3) - 05:37 Third period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 32 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Alex Auld 18 saves / 20 shots
April 17 Vancouver Canucks 5-4 3OT Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
Jarkko Ruutu (1) - 18:01 First period No scoring
Daniel Sedin (1) - pp - 05:32
Brad May (1) - 06:42
Geoff Sanderson (1) - 10:15
Second period 10:31 - Oleg Saprykin (2)
12:38 - Ville Nieminen (1)
No scoring Third period 01:14 - Martin Gelinas (1)
12:56 - Chris Clark (2)
Brendan Morrison (2) - 02:28 Third overtime period No scoring
Alex Auld 36 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 47 saves / 52 shots
April 19 Calgary Flames 3-2 OT Vancouver Canucks General Motors Place Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Jarome Iginla (4) - 12:50 Second period No scoring
Jarome Iginla (5) - pp - 10:14 Third period 07:32 - Matt Cooke (2)
19:54 - Matt Cooke (3)
Martin Gelinas (2) - pp - 01:25 First overtime period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 26 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Alex Auld 25 saves / 28 shots
Calgary won series 4-3


(4) Colorado Avalanche vs. (5) Dallas Stars

The Colorado Avalanche entered the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Western Conference with 100 points. Dallas qualified as the fifth seed earning 97 points during the regular season. This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, with Dallas having won both previous series. They last met in the 2000 Western Conference Final where Dallas won in seven games. Colorado won three of the four games during this year's regular season series.

The Avalanche defeated Dallas in five games. David Aebischer made 37 saves in a 3-1 Colorado victory in game one. The Avalanche scored three times on the power-play in game two winning the game by a score of 5-2. Dallas came back from a two-goal deficit in game three and won the game 4-3 in overtime on a goal by Steve Ott to climb back into the series. Dallas heavily out-shot the Avalanche in game four, but Marek Svatos won the game for Colorado 5:18 into the second overtime. After allowing the first goal in game five Colorado scored five unanswered goals to eliminate the Stars with a 5-1 victory.


April 7 Dallas Stars 1-3 Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
No scoring First period 06:14 - Peter Forsberg (1)
08:37 - Alex Tanguay (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Niko Kapanen (1) - 13:30 Third period 03:49 - Joe Sakic (1)
Marty Turco 22 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats David Aebischer 37 saves / 38 shots
April 9 Dallas Stars 2-5 Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
Mike Modano (1) - pp - 08:33 First period 09:36 - pp - Joe Sakic (1)
19:57 - pp - Alex Tanguay (2)
Chris Therien (1) - 17:19 Second period 06:48 - Peter Forsberg (2)
13:42 - sh - Dan Hinote (1)
No scoring Third period 03:01 - pp - Steve Konowalchuk (1)
Marty Turco 22 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats David Aebischer 19 saves / 21 shots
April 12 Colorado Avalanche 3-4 OT Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Recap  
Milan Hejduk (1) - 11:34
Riku Hahl (1) - 15:37
First period 08:01 - pp - Jason Arnott (1)
Steve Konowalchuk (2) - pp - 11:02 Second period 19:58 - pp - Scott Young (1)
No scoring Third period 15:33 - Phillippe Boucher (1)
No scoring First overtime period 02:11 - Steve Ott (1)
David Aebischer 28 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Marty Turco 14 saves / 17 shots
April 14 Colorado Avalanche 3-2 2OT Dallas Stars American Airlines Center Recap  
Milan Hejduk (2) - pp - 09:10
Joe Sakic (3) - sh - 14:01
First period 15:05 - pp - Sergei Zubov (1)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 11:14 - Pierre Turgeon (1)
Marek Svatos (1) - 05:18 Second overtime period No scoring
David Aebischer 41 saves / 43 shots Goalie stats Marty Turco 18 saves / 21 shots
April 17 Dallas Stars 1-5 Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
Chris Therien (2) - 05:39 First period 18:57 - Darby Hendrickson (1)
No scoring Second period 01:41 - pp - Steve Konowalchuk (3)
No scoring Third period 00:42 - Peter Forsberg (3)
09:08 - Milan Hejduk (3)
15:04 - en - Joe Sakic (4)
Marty Turco 25 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats David Aebischer 21 saves / 22 shots
Colorado won series 4-1


Conference Semifinals

Eastern Conference Semifinals

(1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (7) Montreal Canadiens

This was the first playoff meeting between these two teams. The teams split this year's four game regular season series.

The Lightning swept the Canadiens. Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin recorded his fourth shutout of the post-season in a 4-0 game one victory. Vincent Lecavalier scored twice in game two as Tampa Bay won the game by a score of 3-1. Montreal was unable to hang on to a late lead in game three as Vincent Lecavalier tied the game in the final minute of regulation and Brad Richards scored 65 seconds into overtime as the Lightning won 4-3. Brad Richards scored his second game-winning goal of the series in the second period of game four as the Lightning closed out the Canadiens with a 3-1 victory.


April 23 Montreal Canadiens 0-4 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 02:52 - Ruslan Fedotenko (3)
16:43 - Vincent Lecavalier (1)
No scoring Third period 03:49 - Vincent Lecavalier (2)
07:20 - Dmitri Afanasenkov (1)
Jose Theodore 24 saves / 28 shots
Mathieu Garon 6 saves / 6 shots
Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 21 saves / 21 shots
April 25 Montreal Canadiens 1-3 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
Saku Koivu (3) - pp - 16:40 First period 02:35 - pp - Vincent Lecavalier (3)
08:33 - Fredrik Modin (4)
No scoring Second period 19:57 - Vincent Lecavalier (4)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Jose Theodore 26 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 26 saves / 27 shots
April 27 Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 OT Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Cory Stillman (1) - sh - 08:41
Brad Richards (2) - pp - 12:24
Second period 09:33 - pp - Alexei Kovalev (6)
Vincent Lecavalier (5) - 19:43 Third period 10:32 - Michael Ryder (1)
16:13 - Patrice Brisebois (2)
Brad Richards (3) - 01:05 First overtime period No scoring
Nikolai Khabibulin 28 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Jose Theodore 24 saves / 28 shots
April 29 Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre Recap  
No scoring First period 05:46 - Niklas Sundstrom (1)
Dan Boyle (1) - pp - 11:57
Brad Richards (4) - 17:14
Second period No scoring
Fredrik Modin (5) - en - 19:04 Third period No scoring
Nikolai Khabibulin 27 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Jose Theodore 21 saves / 23 shots
Tampa Bay won series 4-0


(3) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (4) Toronto Maple Leafs

This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams with Philadelphia winning four of the five previous series. They last met in the previous year's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals where Philadelphia won in seven games. Philadelphia won three of the four games in this year's regular season series.

The Flyers defeated Toronto in six games. Marcus Ragnarsson broke the tie in the second period of game one as the Flyers eventually won the game 3-1. Philadelphia scored twice with the man advantage in game two as the Flyers held on for a 2-1 victory. Toronto used three second period goals to earn a 4-1 victory in game three. Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin scored twice in game four as Toronto won 3-1. Keith Primeau recorded a hat trick and added an assist in a dominating 7-2 Flyers victory in game five. Philadelphia goaltender Robert Esche made just one save in the game while earning the victory, he was replaced by Sean Burke at the start of the second period due to injury. Toronto overcame a 2-0 third period deficit to force overtime in game six, however the comeback came up short as Jeremy Roenick scored the series-winning goal at 7:39 of the first overtime period. Toronto would not make the playoffs again until 2013.


April 22 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-3 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
Alexander Mogilny (1) - 14:28 First period 07:14 - Tony Amonte (2)
No scoring Second period 05:11 - Marcus Ragnarsson (1)
No scoring Third period 15:35 - Simon Gagne (2)
Ed Belfour 23 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Robert Esche 22 saves / 23 shots
April 25 Toronto Maple Leafs 1-2 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
No scoring First period 17:57 - pp - Donald Brashear (1)
Tie Domi (2) - 13:48 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 08:25 - pp - Alexei Zhamnov (4)
Ed Belfour 22 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Robert Esche 26 saves / 27 shots
April 28 Philadelphia Flyers 1-4 Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Tony Amonte (3) - pp - 18:58 Second period 05:12 - Alexander Mogilny (2)
06:42 - Alexei Ponikarovsky (1)
15:11 - Chad Kilger (2)
No scoring Third period 11:36 - pp - Darcy Tucker (1)
Robert Esche 25 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Ed Belfour 18 saves / 19 shots
April 30 Philadelphia Flyers 1-3 Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
Simon Gagne (3) - 07:44 First period 13:24 - Mats Sundin (2)
No scoring Second period 07:45 - Mats Sundin (3)
No scoring Third period 02:19 - Darcy Tucker (2)
Robert Esche 28 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Ed Belfour 28 saves / 29 shots
May 2 Toronto Maple Leafs 2-7 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
Joe Nieuwendyk (6) - pp - 19:25 First period 03:51 - Mark Recchi (2)
05:43 - Michal Handzus (1)
18:54 - sh - Keith Primeau (3)
Gary Roberts (4) - 09:54 Second period 00:44 - Keith Primeau (4)
03:54 - Branko Radivojevic (1)
07:03 - Michal Handzus (2)
No scoring Third period 03:50 - Keith Primeau (5)
Ed Belfour 12 saves / 18 shots
Trevor Kidd 10 saves / 11 shots
Goalie stats Robert Esche 1 save / 2 shots
Sean Burke 8 saves / 9 shots
May 4 Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre Recap  
Radovan Somik (1) - 09:55
Jeremy Roenick (3) - 15:30
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 09:04 - Karel Pilar (1)
15:08 - Mats Sundin (4)
Jeremy Roenick (4) - 07:39 First overtime period No scoring
Robert Esche 34 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats Ed Belfour 22 saves / 25 shots
Philadelphia won series 4-2


Western Conference Semifinals

(1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (6) Calgary Flames

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams with Detroit winning the only previous series. They last met in the 1978 Preliminary Round where Detroit won in two games. Detroit won three of the four games during this year's regular season series.

Calgary upset the Red Wings in six games. Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves and Marcus Nilson scored the game-winning goal 2:39 into overtime as the Flames took the opening game of the series 2-1. The Red Wings bounced back with a 5-2 victory in game two led by Steve Yzerman's two goals in the second period. Jiri Fischer tied the game halfway through the second period of game three, however Flames forward Shean Donovan scored just 40 seconds later and put the Flames up for good as Calgary registered a 3-2 victory. Mathieu Dandenault broke the tie in the third period of game four as Detroit bounced back with a 4-2 victory. During the second period of game five a shot by Red Wings defenceman Mathieu Schneider deflected off a stick and struck Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman in the left eye. Yzerman was attended to for several minutes and then helped off the ice holding a towel to his face, Yzerman did not return to the series. Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff shutout the Red Wings with a 31-save performance in a 1-0 victory. In game six, Miikka Kiprusoff continued his shutout streak against the Red Wings. With just 47 seconds left in the first overtime Flames forward Martin Gelinas scored on Curtis Joseph and Calgary won their second-straight 1-0 game. This was the Flames' second-straight overtime victory to clinch a series in this playoff year.


April 22 Calgary Flames 2-1 OT Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Robyn Regehr (1) - 17:57 Second period 06:14 - Robert Lang (3)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Marcus Nilson (1) - 02:39 First overtime period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 28 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Curtis Joseph 16 saves / 18 shots
April 24 Calgary Flames 2-5 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Shean Donovan (2) - 13:50 Second period 03:02 - pp - Tomas Holmstrom (1)
10:06 - Steve Yzerman (2)
12:19 - Steve Yzerman (3)
Martin Gelinas (3) - 18:50 Third period 14:49 - pp - Brett Hull (3)
16:08 - pp - Nicklas Lidstrom (2)
Miikka Kiprusoff 27 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Curtis Joseph 14 saves / 16 shots
April 27 Detroit Red Wings 2-3 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Robert Lang (4) - 01:17
Jiri Fischer (1) - 11:44
Second period 03:38 - Stephane Yelle (2)
05:46 - pp - Jarome Iginla (6)
12:24 - Shean Donovan (3)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Curtis Joseph 24 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 27 saves / 29 shots
April 29 Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
Kirk Maltby (1) - 00:26 First period No scoring
Boyd Devereaux (1) - 03:00 Second period 05:45 - Martin Gelinas (4)
06:03 - Ville Nieminen (2)
Mathieu Dandenault (1) - 10:02
Henrik Zetterberg (2) - en - 19:36
Third period No scoring
Curtis Joseph 25 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 25 saves / 28 shots
May 1 Calgary Flames 1-0 Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Craig Conroy (2) - 16:07 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 31 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Curtis Joseph 20 saves / 21 shots
May 3 Detroit Red Wings 0-1 OT Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 19:13 - Martin Gelinas (5)
Curtis Joseph 43 saves / 44 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 38 saves / 38 shots
Calgary won series 4-2


(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (4) Colorado Avalanche

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams with Colorado winning both previous series. They last met in the 2002 Western Conference Semifinals where Colorado won in seven games. Colorado won the season series earning five of eight points during this year's four game regular season series.

San Jose defeated Colorado in six games as the Sharks advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Patrick Marleau scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 Sharks victory in game one. Colorado goaltender David Aebischer was pulled in the second period after allowing five goals, he was replaced by Tommy Salo. In game two Patrick Marleau scored late in the second period to put the Sharks up for good as they defeated the Avalanche in a 4-1 victory. San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov posted a 33 save shutout in game three and Vincent Damphousse scored the only goal in a 1-0 San Jose win. Joe Sakic scored the lone goal of the game 5:15 into the first overtime period in game four as Colorado extended the series with a 1-0 victory. For the second consecutive game overtime was required in game five and Joe Sakic scored the game-winning goal 1:54 into the first overtime, giving Colorado a 2-1 victory. With his second goal in game five, Joe Sakic equalled Maurice Richard for the most career playoff overtime goals with six. San Jose scored three times in just over ten minutes in the second period of game six to eliminate the Avalanche in a 3-1 win.


April 22 Colorado Avalanche 2-5 San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
No scoring First period 10:52 - Patrick Marleau (4)
12:42 - Vincent Damphousse (1)
19:07 - pp - Scott Hannan (1)
Steve Konowalchuk (4) - pp - 09:07 Second period 11:39 - Patrick Marleau (5)
13:13 - Patrick Marleau (6)
Peter Forsberg (4) - pp - 00:52 Third period No scoring
David Aebischer 12 saves / 17 shots
Tommy Salo 7 saves / 7 shots
Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 26 saves / 28 shots
April 24 Colorado Avalanche 1-4 San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
Milan Hejduk (4) - 07:01 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 11:14 - pp - Vincent Damphousse (2)
19:36 - Patrick Marleau (7)
No scoring Third period 06:27 - pp - Jonathan Cheechoo (2)
19:05 - en - Wayne Primeau (1)
David Aebischer 20 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 20 saves / 21 shots
April 26 San Jose Sharks 1-0 Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Vincent Damphousse (3) - 08:59 Third period No scoring
Evgeni Nabokov 33 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats David Aebischer 16 saves / 17 shots
April 28 San Jose Sharks 0-1 OT Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 05:15 - Joe Sakic (5)
Evgeni Nabokov 35 saves / 36 shots Goalie stats David Aebischer 27 saves / 27 shots
May 1 Colorado Avalanche 2-1 OT San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
No scoring First period 19:52 - pp - Vincent Damphousse (4)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Joe Sakic (6) - 09:50 Third period No scoring
Joe Sakic (7) - 01:54 First overtime period No scoring
David Aebischer 21 saves / 22 shots Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 16 saves / 18 shots
May 4 San Jose Sharks 3-1 Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Vincent Damphousse (5) - 01:34
Marcel Goc (1) - 08:59
Jonathan Cheechoo (3) - 12:03
Second period 17:34 - pp - Milan Hejduk (5)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Evgeni Nabokov 28 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats David Aebischer 30 saves / 33 shots
San Jose won series 4-2


Conference Finals

Eastern Conference Final

(1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (3) Philadelphia Flyers

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams with Philadelphia winning the only previous series. They last met in the 1996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals where Philadelphia won in six games. Tampa Bay made their first appearance in a Conference Final since entering the league in the 1992-93 season, while the Flyers last made it to the Conference Finals in 2000, losing in seven games to the New Jersey Devils. Tampa Bay won all four games in this year's regular season series.

Tampa Bay won their first conference championship defeating the Flyers in seven games. Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin made 19 saves in a 3-1 Lightning win in game one. The Flyers scored the first six goals in game two as they won easily 6-2. Tampa Bay jumped out to an early two-goal lead in game three and eventually won by a score of 4-1. Keith Primeau scored the game-winning goal shorthanded in game four as the Flyers claimed a 3-2 victory that tied the series. The Lightning scored three times on the power-play in game five as won the game 4-2. The Flyers tied the game in the dying minutes of game six on a goal by Keith Primeau that forced overtime. Simon Gagne scored at 18:18 of the first overtime period as the Flyers gained a 5-4 victory. Fredrik Modin gave the Lightning a two-goal lead in game seven and they hung on to win the game 2-1.


May 8 Philadelphia Flyers 1-3 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Michal Handzus (3) - 06:48 Second period 02:03 - Dave Andreychuk (1)
13:34 - Brad Richards (5)
No scoring Third period 07:04 - Chris Dingman (1)
Robert Esche 14 saves / 17 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 19 saves / 20 shots
May 10 Philadelphia Flyers 6-2 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
John LeClair (1) - 01:53
Mark Recchi (3) - pp - 08:50
Sami Kapanen (2) - sh - 11:17
First period No scoring
Vladimir Malakhov (1) - 06:02
Michal Handzus (4) - 19:48
Second period No scoring
Mattias Timander (2) - 03:34 Third period 10:13 - Ruslan Fedotenko (4)
17:18 - pp - Martin St. Louis (5)
Robert Esche 29 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 8 saves / 12 shots
John Grahame 15 saves / 17 shots
May 13 Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
Cory Stillman (2) - 12:56
Ruslan Fedotenko (5) - pp - 15:20
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Vincent Lecavalier (6) - 01:19
Brad Richards (6) - 08:20
Third period 00:36 - Keith Primeau (6)
Nikolai Khabibulin 24 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Robert Esche 22 saves / 26 shots
May 15 Tampa Bay Lightning 2-3 Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
Fredrik Modin (6) - pp - 12:43 First period 16:55 - John LeClair (2)
18:20 - Mark Recchi (4)
No scoring Second period 11:50 - sh - Keith Primeau (7)
Vincent Lecavalier (7) - pp - 19:27 Third period No scoring
Nikolai Khabibulin 23 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Robert Esche 28 saves / 30 shots
May 18 Philadelphia Flyers 2-4 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 10:30 - pp - Ruslan Fedotenko (6)
Michal Handzus (5) - 08:56
Patrick Sharp (1) - 09:34
Second period 00:24 - pp - Brad Richards (7)
07:12 - pp - Brad Richards (8)
No scoring Third period 19:45 - en - Tim Taylor (2)
Robert Esche 27 saves / 30 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 28 saves / 30 shots
May 20 Tampa Bay Lightning 4-5 OT Philadelphia Flyers Wachovia Center Recap  
Vincent Lecavalier (8) - 01:28 First period 07:23 - Simon Gagne (4)
17:01 - Keith Primeau (8)
Vincent Lecavalier (9) - 00:45
Ruslan Fedotenko (7) - 15:15
Ruslan Fedotenko (8) - pp - 17:33
Second period 12:42 - Sami Kapanen (3)
No scoring Third period 18:11 - Keith Primeau (9)
No scoring First overtime period 18:18 - Simon Gagne (5)
Nikolai Khabibulin 38 saves / 43 shots Goalie stats Robert Esche 25 saves / 29 shots
May 22 Philadelphia Flyers 1-2 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 16:46 - pp - Ruslan Fedotenko (9)
Kim Johnsson (2) - 10:16 Second period 04:57 - Fredrik Modin (7)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Robert Esche 30 saves / 32 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 22 saves / 23 shots
Tampa Bay won series 4-3


Western Conference Final

(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (6) Calgary Flames

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams with San Jose winning the only previous series. They last met in the 1995 Western Conference Quarterfinals where San Jose won in seven games. San Jose made their first appearance in a Conference Final since entering the league in the 1991-92 season, while the Flames last made it to the Conference Finals in 1989, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in five games. The teams split this year's four game regular season series.

The Flames eliminated the Sharks in six games and they became the first Canadian team to qualify for the Stanley Cup Finals in a decade.[1] Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff made 49 saves and Steve Montador won game one for the Flames with a goal at 18:43 of the first overtime period, giving them a 4-3 victory. In game two Calgary scored two first-period goals and never looked back in a 4-1 victory. Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov posted a 34 save shutout and Alex Korolyuk scored two goals late in third period in a 3-0 win in game three. The Sharks exploded for four goals in the second period of game four as they evened the series at two games apiece with a 4-2 victory. Miikka Kiprusoff shutout the Sharks in game five as the Flames won 3-0. Martin Gelinas scored his third consecutive series-winning goal for the Flames in game six giving Calgary a 3-1 victory.


May 9 Calgary Flames 4-3 OT San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
Krzysztof Oliwa (2) - 09:26
Craig Conroy (3) - 19:29
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 01:23 - Mike Ricci (2)
19:02 - Todd Harvey (1)
Craig Conroy (4) - 09:25 Third period 16:39 - Alexander Korolyuk (3)
Steve Montador (1) - 18:43 First overtime period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 49 saves / 52 shots Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 33 saves / 37 shots
May 11 Calgary Flames 4-1 San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
Marcus Nilson (2) - 00:20
Shean Donovan (4) - 10:35
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 05:26 - Alyn McCauley (1)
Ville Nieminen (3) - 12:35
Jarome Iginla (7) - 13:19
Third period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 17 saves / 18 shots Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 16 saves / 20 shots
May 13 San Jose Sharks 3-0 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Vincent Damphousse (6) - 07:31 Second period No scoring
Alexander Korolyuk (4) - 18:10
Alexander Korolyuk (5) - pp-en - 19:16
Third period No scoring
Evgeni Nabokov 34 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 21 saves / 23 shots
May 16 San Jose Sharks 4-2 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Mike Rathje (1) - 02:40
Jonathan Cheechoo (4) - 08:34
Vincent Damphousse (7) - pp - 10:03
Patrick Marleau (8) - pp - 18:47
Second period 07:55 - Jarome Iginla (8)
No scoring Third period 19:20 - pp - Chris Simon (3)
Evgeni Nabokov 27 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 12 saves / 16 shots
Roman Turek 3 saves / 3 shots
May 17 Calgary Flames 3-0 San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion Recap  
Jarome Iginla (9) - sh - 06:27
Marcus Nilson (3) - 08:29
First period No scoring
Craig Conroy (5) - 12:47 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 19 saves / 19 shots Goalie stats Evgeni Nabokov 18 saves / 21 shots
May 19 San Jose Sharks 1-3 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period 18:52 - pp - Jarome Iginla (10)
Alyn McCauley (2) - 16:14 Second period 13:02 - Martin Gelinas (6)
No scoring Third period 19:59 - en - Robyn Regehr (2)
Evgeni Nabokov 26 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 18 saves / 19 shots
Calgary won series 4-2


Stanley Cup Finals

This was the first playoff series between these two teams. Tampa Bay made their first Finals appearance, in their twelfth season, while Calgary made their third Finals appearance. The Flames won their last appearance in the Finals defeating Montreal in six games in 1989. Tampa Bay won the only game of this year's regular season series.


May 25 Calgary Flames 4-1 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
Martin Gelinas (7) - 03:02 First period No scoring
Jarome Iginla (11) - sh - 15:21
Stephane Yelle (3) - 18:08
Second period No scoring
Chris Simon (4) - pp - 19:40 Third period 04:13 - pp - Martin St. Louis (6)
Miikka Kiprusoff 23 saves / 24 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 15 saves / 19 shots
May 27 Calgary Flames 1-4 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 07:10 - Ruslan Fedotenko (10)
No scoring Second period No scoring
Ville Nieminen (4) - pp - 12:21 Third period 02:51 - Brad Richards (9)
04:00 - Dan Boyle (2)
05:58 - pp - Martin St. Louis (7)
Miikka Kiprusoff 27 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 18 saves / 19 shots
May 29 Tampa Bay Lightning 0-3 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 13:53 - pp - Chris Simon (5)
17:09 - Shean Donovan (5)
No scoring Third period 18:28 - pp - Jarome Iginla (12)
Nikolai Khabibulin 15 saves / 18 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 21 saves / 21 shots
May 31 Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
Brad Richards (10) - pp - 02:48 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
Nikolai Khabibulin 29 saves / 29 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 23 saves / 24 shots
June 3 Calgary Flames 3-2 OT Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
Martin Gelinas (8) - pp - 02:13 First period 19:26 - Martin St. Louis (8)
Jarome Iginla (13) - 15:10 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 00:37 - pp - Fredrik Modin (8)
Oleg Saprykin (3) - 14:40 First overtime period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 26 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 33 saves / 36 shots
June 5 Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 2OT Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
Brad Richards (11) - pp - 04:17
Brad Richards (12) - pp - 10:52
Second period 09:05 - Chris Clark (3)
17:49 - Marcus Nilson (4)
No scoring Third period No scoring
Martin St. Louis (9) - 00:33 Second overtime period No scoring
Nikolai Khabibulin 31 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Miikka Kiprusoff 24 saves / 27 shots
June 7 Calgary Flames 1-2 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum Recap  
No scoring First period 13:31 - pp - Ruslan Fedotenko (11)
No scoring Second period 14:38 - Ruslan Fedotenko (12)
Craig Conroy (6) - pp - 09:21 Third period No scoring
Miikka Kiprusoff 13 saves / 15 shots Goalie stats Nikolai Khabibulin 16 saves / 17 shots
Tampa Bay won series 4-3


Player statistics

Skaters

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Brad Richards Tampa Bay Lightning 23 12 14 26 +5 4
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning 23 9 15 24 +6 14
Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames 26 13 9 22 +13 45
Fredrik Modin Tampa Bay Lightning 23 8 11 19 +7 10
Craig Conroy Calgary Flames 26 6 11 17 +12 12
Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay Lightning 23 9 7 16 -2 25
Keith Primeau Philadelphia Flyers 18 9 7 16 +11 22
Martin Gelinas Calgary Flames 26 8 7 15 +10 35
Ruslan Fedotenko Tampa Bay Lightning 22 12 2 14 0 14
Vincent Damphousse San Jose Sharks 17 7 7 14 0 20
Alexei Zhamnov Philadelphia Flyers 18 4 10 14 -1 8
Dave Andreychuk Tampa Bay Lightning 23 1 13 14 -2 14

Goaltending

These are the top five goaltenders based on either goals against average or save percentage with at least four games played.

GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA TOI Sv% SO
Curtis Joseph Detroit Red Wings 9 4 4 197 12 1.39 517:34 .939 1
Tomas Vokoun Nashville Predators 6 2 4 197 12 2.02 355:44 .939 1
Evgeni Nabokov San Jose Sharks 17 10 7 461 30 1.71 1052:15 .935 3
Nikolai Khabibulin Tampa Bay Lightning 23 16 7 598 40 1.71 1400:30 .933 5
Ed Belfour Toronto Maple Leafs 13 6 7 379 27 2.09 773:47 .929 3
Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames 26 15 11 710 51 1.85 1655:00 .928 5
Patrick Lalime Ottawa Senators 7 3 4 139 13 1.96 398:22 .906 0

See also

References

  1. ^ Stevens, Neil (May 20, 2004). "Flames head to Cup final: Iginla, Kiprusoff huge in convincing 3-1 victory over San Jose". The Vancouver Sun. Canadian Press. p. E1. After 10 years of U.S.-based clubs in the NHL's championship series, Canada finally has a team in the Stanley Cup final...Calgary is Canada's first Stanley Cup finalist since the Canucks lost a seven-game thriller to the New York Rangers in 1994.

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