2000 Stanley Cup playoffs

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2000 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 12–June 10, 2000
Final positions
ChampionsNew Jersey Devils
Runner-upDallas Stars

The 2000 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL), began on April 12, 2000, and concluded on June 10. The 16 teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-seven series for Conference Quarterfinals, Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals, with each conference champion playing a best-of-seven series in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Stanley Cup.

The playoffs ended when the New Jersey Devils defeated the reigning champion Dallas Stars in a six-game series to win their second Stanley Cup title in franchise history. Devils defenseman Scott Stevens was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.

The Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks both missed the playoffs this year. This would not happen again until 2014, when all four Western Canadian teams missed the playoffs. For the first time in history, only two Original Six teams made it to the playoffs (Toronto and Detroit). This would only happen again in 2001 (Toronto and Detroit), 2007 (New York Rangers and Detroit), and 2018 (Boston and Toronto). Also for the first time, the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens missed the playoffs in the same season. In addition, both conference finals went to the maximum seven games. This did not happen again until 2015.

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

Playoff seeds

The following teams qualified for the playoffs:

Eastern Conference

  1. Philadelphia Flyers, Atlantic Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions – 105 points
  2. Washington Capitals, Southeast Division champions – 102 points
  3. Toronto Maple Leafs, Northeast Division champions – 100 points
  4. New Jersey Devils – 103 points
  5. Florida Panthers – 98 points
  6. Ottawa Senators – 95 points
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins – 88 points
  8. Buffalo Sabres – 85 points

Western Conference

  1. St. Louis Blues, Central Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 114 points
  2. Dallas Stars, Pacific Division champions – 102 points
  3. Colorado Avalanche, Northwest Division champions – 96 points
  4. Detroit Red Wings – 108 points
  5. Los Angeles Kings – 94 points
  6. Phoenix Coyotes – 90 points
  7. Edmonton Oilers – 88 points
  8. San Jose Sharks – 87 points

Playoff bracket

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
1 Philadelphia 4     1 Philadelphia 4  
8 Buffalo 1     7 Pittsburgh 2  

2 Washington 1 Eastern Conference
7 Pittsburgh 4  
    1 Philadelphia 3  
  4 New Jersey 4  
3 Toronto 4  
6 Ottawa 2  
4 New Jersey 4   3 Toronto 2
5 Florida 0     4 New Jersey 4  

  E4 New Jersey 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W2 Dallas 2
1 St. Louis 3     2 Dallas 4
8 San Jose 4     8 San Jose 1  
2 Dallas 4
7 Edmonton 1  
  2 Dallas 4
  3 Colorado 3  
3 Colorado 4  
6 Phoenix 1   Western Conference
4 Detroit 4   3 Colorado 4
5 Los Angeles 0     4 Detroit 1  
  • 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) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (8) Buffalo Sabres

Philadelphia won series 4–1

(2) Washington Capitals vs. (7) Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh won series 4–1

(3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (6) Ottawa Senators

Toronto won series 4–2

(4) New Jersey Devils vs. (5) Florida Panthers

New Jersey won series 4–0

Western Conference Quarterfinals

(1) St. Louis Blues vs. (8) San Jose Sharks

San Jose won series 4–3

(2) Dallas Stars vs. (7) Edmonton Oilers

Dallas won series 4–1

(3) Colorado Avalanche vs. (6) Phoenix Coyotes

Colorado won series 4–1

(4) Detroit Red Wings vs. (5) Los Angeles Kings

Detroit won series 4–0

Conference Semifinals

Eastern Conference Semifinals

(1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (7) Pittsburgh Penguins

Game four was the third-longest game in playoff history.

Philadelphia won series 4–2

(3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (4) New Jersey Devils

Martin Brodeur set a Stanley Cup playoff record in game six for the least shots against required to record a shutout in a single game.

New Jersey won series 4–2

Western Conference Semifinals

(2) Dallas Stars vs. (8) San Jose Sharks

Dallas won series 4–1

(3) Colorado Avalanche vs. (4) Detroit Red Wings

Colorado won series 4–1

Conference Finals

Until 2015, this had been the most recent time that both Conference Final series went the full seven games.

Eastern Conference Final

(1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (4) New Jersey Devils

The Devils overcame a 3 games to 1 deficit to defeat Philadelphia in seven games, after defeating the Flyers, 2–1, in Game 7 on Philadelphia's home-ice with Patrik Elias netting the series-winner at 17:28 of the third period of Game 7. Eric Lindros suffered a concussion after getting hit by Scott Stevens in the first period of Game 7 and did not return. It ultimately became his last game as a Flyer.

New Jersey won series 4–3

Western Conference Final

(2) Dallas Stars vs. (3) Colorado Avalanche

Dallas won series 4–3

Stanley Cup Finals

This was the first and to date only playoff series between these two teams. Dallas made their fourth overall and second consecutive appearance in the Finals, after defeating Buffalo in six games the year before. New Jersey made their second Finals appearance and first since defeating Detroit in four games in 1995.

New Jersey won series 4–2

See also

Preceded by
1999 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup Champions Succeeded by
2001 Stanley Cup playoffs

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