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.
2002 STANLEY CUP FINALS; Best ever? Sure, the Red Wings deserve to be talked up. But could a Stanley Cup push this talented assemblage across that fine line separating the great from the greatest?(SPORTS)
Jun 04, 2002; Byline: Tom Jones; Staff Writer Detroit, Mich. -- Sports always have been fodder for water coolers and corner bar stools....