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2003 Stanley Cup Finals

2003 Stanley Cup Finals
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim  0 0 31 3 5 0 3
* indicates periods of overtime
Location:East Rutherford, NJ (Continental Airlines Arena) (1,2,5,7)
Anaheim, CA (Arrowhead Pond) (3,4,6)
Coaches:New Jersey: Pat Burns
Anaheim: Mike Babcock
Captains:New Jersey: Scott Stevens
Anaheim: Paul Kariya
National anthem:New Jersey: Arlette
Anaheim: United States Marines from Camp Pendleton
Referees:Dan Marouelli (1,3,4,6,7)
Brad Watson (1,4,6)
Bill McCreary (2,3,5,7)
Paul Devorski (2,5)
Dates:May 27-June 9, 2003
MVP:Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim
Michael Rupp (2:22, second, G7)
Networks:ABC (Games 3-7), CBC, ESPN (Games 1-2), RDS, NASN
Announcers:(CBC) Bob Cole, Harry Neale (ESPN/ABC) Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, John Davidson
 < 2002Stanley Cup Finals2004 > 

The 2003 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven playoff series that determined the champion of the National Hockey League (NHL) for the 2002–03 season. As a culmination of the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs, the second-seeded Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils defeated the seventh-seeded Western Conference champion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in seven games and were awarded the Stanley Cup. It was New Jersey's first appearance since 2001 and third in four years. It was Anaheim's first-ever appearance. The Devils defeated the Mighty Ducks in seven games to win their third Stanley Cup in less than a decade.

The Devils win was the last in a series of wins they, along with the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings established in the era from 1995 to 2003, as the three teams won a combined eight of nine Stanley Cups during that time. The Devils won in 1995, followed by the Avalanche in 1996, then the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. After the Dallas Stars won in 1999, the four-year cycle repeated as the Devils started it again in 2000, followed by Colorado in 2001 and Detroit in 2002.

Road to the Final

The New Jersey Devils were in the finals for their fourth time (third time in four years) after defeating the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning in five games, and beating the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Finals in seven games. Strong goaltending from Martin Brodeur, and strong defense from captain Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer led the way.

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim entered their first Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history after upsetting two heavily favored teams: sweeping the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Detroit Red Wings, defeating the Dallas Stars in six games, plus sweeping the upstart Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference Finals thanks to the stellar goaltending of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, only allowing one goal during the entire series. Backing up Giguere were players such as Paul Kariya, Petr Sykora, Adam Oates, plus Rob Niedermayer, brother of then-Devils star defenseman Scott Niedermayer.

This series was memorable for two brothers on different teams competing for the same prize.

The series

The 2003 Stanley Cup Finals pitted the second-seeded Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils against the seventh-seeded Western Conference champion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. The Devils, who finished the season with 108 points, defeated the Mighty Ducks in 7 games to win the Stanley Cup. The series opened at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In games one and two, Martin Brodeur kept the Ducks off the score board while the Devils players continually dominated the Ducks. The Devils shut out Anaheim 3-0 in both games. Down 2-0 after two games, the series shifted to the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in Southern California. Game three was remembered for the clumsy mistake from Martin Brodeur when he accidentally dropped his stick when the puck came to him, the puck deflected off his fallen stick and into the net to give the Ducks a lucky break and a 2–1 lead. The Devils would later tie the game, but lose in overtime. Over the mistake with his stick, Brodeur later claimed, "It was just one of those once in a lifetime things."

Game four had no scoring throughout regulation and was a battle between goaltenders Brodeur and Giguere. But Anaheim again came out on top in overtime, winning 1–0 and tying the series 2-2. Game five, at the Meadowlands saw a continual battle for the first half of the game. With the game tied 3–3 in the second period, the Devils took the lead with a deflection goal by Jay Pandolfo that was initially waved off by referees due to a kicking motion dispute with the skates, but replays showed there was no distinct kicking motion from the skates, thus the goal counted. This would prove to deflate the Ducks for the rest of the game, as Jamie Langenbrunner scored two more goals for the Devils to give New Jersey a 6–3 win and a 3–2 series lead.

With New Jersey looking to clinch the series, game six in Anaheim saw the Mighty Ducks return the favor of game five to the Devils with complete dominance throughout the game. Quite possibly the most remembered moment of the entire series came when the Ducks were winning 3–1 in the second period. Ducks captain Paul Kariya didn't see Scott Stevens coming after he passed the puck and was leveled by the Devils captain in a hit similar to the check that knocked out Eric Lindros during the 2000 playoffs and caused Lindros to miss the next season. Kariya was lying motionless for a few minutes, and then was escorted to the locker room. Kariya unexpectedly returned to the bench minutes later. About eleven minutes after the hit, fired a slap shot that found the back of the net. This helped the Ducks win the game 5–2 and sent the series to a seventh game. Game seven on New Jersey home ice saw the Devils once more completely dominate the Ducks. The game-winning goal was scored by Michael Rupp. Rupp became the first player in Stanley Cup history to have his first playoff goal be the Stanley Cup winning goal. Jeff Friesen dominated his former teammates with two goals. The 3–0 win gave the Devils their third Stanley Cup victory as Anaheim could not complete their Cinderella run. However, the Mighty Ducks wouldn't leave empty handed; for his stellar play throughout the playoffs and finals, Jean-Sébastien Giguère was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. He became only the fifth player, and fourth goaltender, in NHL history to have won the trophy as a member of the losing team.

This was only the third time in NHL history and the first time since 1965 that the home team won all the games in the final. [1]

New Jersey won series 4–3

New Jersey Devils - 2003 Stanley Cup champions



  Coaching and administrative staff
  • Ray Chambers (Owner/Governor), Lewis Katz (Owner), Peter Simon (Chairman), Lou Lamoriello (Chief Executive Officer/President/General Manager)
  • Pat Burns (Head Coach), Bobby Carpenter Jr. (Asst. Coach), John MacLean (Asst. Coach), Jacques Caron (Goaltending Coach), Larry Robinson (Special Assignment Coach)
  • David Conte (Director-Scouting), Claude Carrier (Asst. Director-Scouting), Chris Lamoriello (Scout/AHL GM), Milt Fisher (Scout), Dan Labraaten (Scout)
  • Marcel Pronovost (Scout), Bob Hoffmeyer (Scout), Jan Ludvig (Scout), Dr. Barry Fisher (Head Team Physician)
  • Chris Modrzynski, Terry Farmer (Vice Presidents), Vladimir Bure (Fitness Consultant),
  • Chris Modrzynski (Vice President), Terry Farmer (Vice President-Ticket Operations), Vladimir Bure (Fitness Consultant), Taran Singleton (Director-Hockey Operations/Video Coordinator),
  • Bill Murray (Medical Trainer), Michael Vasalani (Strength-Conditioning Coordinator), Rich Matthews (Equipment Manager), Juergen Merz (Massage Therapists), Alex Abasto (Asst. Equipment), Joe Murray (Equipment asst.)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Marcel Pronovost won his 8th Stanley Cup - 5 as Player with Detroit in 1950, 1952, 1954–55, and Toronto in 1967, as well as 3 championships as a scout for New Jersey in 1995, 2000, and 2003. He set the record for years between first and last Stanley Cup wins with 53 years.
  • #17 Christian Berglund played 38 games for New Jersey. His name was left off the cup, because he was sent to the minors, before the trading deadline.
  • Jeff Friesen was first player engaved on the Stanley Cup with full middle name JEFF DARYL FRIESEN. Some players in the past had their middle initial included along with their first name on the Stanley cup. 2003 New Jersey included 9 other players who were listed with a middle initial.

Won all three Stanley Cups with New Jersey

Martin Brodeur, Sergei Brylin, Ken Daneyko, Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens (5 players), Bobby Carpenter Jr. (1 player-non player), Lou Lamoriello, Larry Robinson, Jacques Caron, Claude Carrier, David Conte, Milt Fisher, Dan Labraaten, Marcel Provonost, Mike Vasalani, Peter McMullen (left cup in 2003) (10 Non-players).



Preceded by
Detroit Red Wings
New Jersey Devils
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Tampa Bay Lightning
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