1st Round: They started this round as heavy favorites against Vancouver, only to find themselves in a 2-0 deficit after two losses at home. Now, being a team that was looking to go down as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the game, Nick Lidstrom launched a shot from center ice and scored in game 3, which turned this series around. Detroit then went on to win the next four straight in somewhat of a demanding fashion.
Finals: A series that most people figured would be an easy route to the Stanley Cup, and a sweep by Detroit, turned out to be just the opposite. Another series that could have been far different, also included two overtime games, one of which went into triple overtime and became the third longest game ever played in the finals. Not only that, but the person that scored the goal also became the oldest player to ever score in the finals. It was a 3 on 2 that led to Igor Larionov becoming that oldest player to ever score. Ray Bourque became the first 40 year old to ever score in the finals the year before, but Igor did it at the age of 41 years and 187 days. From there on, Detroit took command of the series and finished of their great season by winning the next two, coming back to home ice and winning their 3rd Cup in six years and 10th in their history.
There were many personal records set during this playoff run; Players scoring their first goals, some scoring their first hattricks, some scoring a record number of goals, Scotty Bowman setting a record for most wins in the playoffs and passing his idol Toe Blake with his 9th Cup ring, but Dominik Hasek set another record as well. He not only added the one thing (Stanley Cup) he's been after, but he set a record with the most shutouts during the playoffs with six. Congratulations to every player, not just Detroit, that set records of any kind. Also congratulations to the Carolina Hurricanes for their impressive playoff run!
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