Note: The 2010 Playoffs will not be included.
As a continuation of my previous article, I will be going over memorable moments that happened in the playoffs from 2000-2009. If there is a moment that is special to you, please tell us in the comments!
Ray Bourque Finally Wins The Stanley Cup
Before his time with the Colorado Avalanche, Ray Bourque was a Boston Bruin for his whole career. Like some teams do with players that are loved by both the fan base and ownership, they will trade that loved player to a team that is a legitimate contender for the Stanley Cup. The Bruins traded Bourque in March of 2000 in hopes that Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Patrick Roy, and the rest of the Avalanche could win the Cup before his retirement. The Avalanche could not get it done in the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as they lost to the Dallas Stars in 7 games in the Western Conference Final. Bourque decided he would give one more season a try in hopes of winning the Cup. The Presidents’ Trophy winning Avalanche went into the 2001 playoffs sweeping the Canucks 4-0 in the first round. After the Avs went up 3-1 against the LA Kings, the Kings managed to win two more games to force Game 7 where Patrick Roy would allow only one goal that sent the Avs to the next round against the St. Louis Blues. The Avalanche won 4-1 with two regulation and two overtime wins to send them to the Stanley Cup Finals against a dominant Martin Brodeur and New Jersey Devils. After the Devils took a 3-2 series lead, Patrick Roy stepped up his game to shutout the Devils in Game 6, and keep them to only one goal at home in Game 7. Upon the presentation of the Stanley Cup at the Pepsi Center, after Commissioner Gary Bettman and Avalanche captain Joe Sakic took a quick picture, Sakic immediately handed Bourque his first Stanley Cup after 22 years.
Flyers-Penguins Quintuple Overtime
Like any Flyers-Penguins playoff series, it is usually close to an evenly matched series. The Penguins were up 2 games to 1. Game 4 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals was a normal game except for one thing: This was an 8 period hockey game. After 3 periods, the score was 1-1 with goals from Alexi Kovalev for the Penguins and John LeClair for the Flyers. During the first four overtime periods, there was nothing but a lot of shots, a few scoring chance opportunities that were mostly hit posts, and an occasional penalty that was killed by the offending team. With just over 8 minutes left in the 5th overtime period, Flyers’ Daniel McGillis banked a pass to Keith Primeau in the neutral zone where he would skate the puck in, make a quick cut into the faceoff dot in front of Penguins defenseman Darius Kasparaitis, and take a wrist shot that hit crossbar and in. The game ended with the Flyers taking 72 shots, compared to 58 for the Penguins.
Jarome Iginla and Vincent Lecavalier Fight
Fighting during the playoffs is a rare thing that happens and even rarer if it happens during the Stanley Cup Finals. But if there is a playoff fight, you know there is a strong reason to it, and it’s going to be quality. During Game 3 of the Finals featuring the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning, the puck was behind the Flames net where Flames captain Jarome Iginla and Lightning alternate captain Vincent Lecavalier fought for position and possession to get the puck that was between them. After Ruslan Fedotenko got the puck out from between them, Iginla continued to pester Lecavalier for a few seconds until they decided to drop the gloves. For what seemed like an equal fight, both players got in some quality punches before Lecavalier seemed to lose his balance a little bit and fall forward. Both players were key offensive players for their respective team at the time and risked injury that could have affected how the rest of the series played out.
Sean Avery Screens Martin Brodeur
During the second period in Game 3 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the New York Rangers were tied with the New Jersey Devils 1-1 while on a 5-on-3 powerplay. After the Rangers set up in the offensive zone, Avery decides to screen Brodeur by facing him in an effort to distract him using his glove and stick. This went on for a solid 25 seconds until a wide shot forced the Rangers to retreat back out of the zone. After regrouping, Scott Gomez brought the puck back into the Devils zone, passed back to Jaromir Jagr, who returned the pass. While this was happening, Avery made his way back to the front of Brodeur where Gomez would set up Avery with a tip-in goal. The next day, the league immediately created a rule that made it illegal for a player to wave their stick in front of the goalie. This rule is now known as “The Avery Rule” and is a two-minute minor penalty.
2007 Anaheim Ducks Stanley Cup Win
The 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs was a memorable one for the Anaheim Ducks for sure. Although a lot of the games were tight and a good amount were won by one or two goals, the Ducks made history by going 16-5 in their 2007 Stanley Cup win. Backed by Ilya Bryzgalov for the first four games of the playoffs, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the remainder of the playoffs, goaltending seemed to be no problem for the Ducks on their playoffs tear. The Ducks had no issues setting aside the Minnesota Wild in 5 games, before they had to play the Vancouver Canucks. 3 games of this 5 game series went to overtime, where the Ducks won two of them and finishing the series 4-1. The Red Wings would fall victim next to the “mighty” Ducks, even with Chris Pronger suspended for one of the games due to a boarding caused by and elbow to Tomas Holmstrom. The Ducks won that series 4-2. The Ottawa Senators were no match for the dominant Ducks, winning only one game while Giguere played lights out and had a shutout in Game 2. Teemu Selanne was able to lift the Stanley Cup along with teammates Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Chris Pronger, and Scott Niedermayer.
Andrew Ostrosky is the “Global Puck” writer for Good Night, Good Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @HockeyGuyFromSL.