2002 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2002 Stanley Cup Finals were played from June 4 to June 13 between the Detroit Red Wings and the Carolina Hurricanes, making their first Stanley Cup Final appearance. Detroit defeated Carolina in five games to win their tenth Stanley Cup championship.

The series featured the two NHL franchises Gordie Howe played for. This was the first appearance in the Cup Finals for the Hurricanes (formerly the Hartford Whalers), who made an unlikely run to the Cup. While they were seeded 3rd 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. In their whole NHL history, they had only won one playoff series prior to this season (as the Whalers), and had streaks of 5 and 6 seasons in which they did not make the playoffs.

Paths to the Final

Carolina defeated the New Jersey Devils 4–2, the Montreal Canadiens 4–3 and the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–2 to advance to the Final. Detroit defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4–2, the St. Louis Blues 4–1 and the Colorado Avalanche 4–3.

Detroit Red Wings 2002 Stanley Cup champions

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