A brief collection of the moment(s) that changed a series and impacted the entire playoff picture
2002 – 1st Round – (1) Detroit vs. (8) Vancouver
Nick Lidstrom from centre ice on Dan Cloutier
The eventual 2002 cup champs were down 2-0 in the series after 2 dominant performances by Naslund, Bertuzzi and co. In a tight game 3 at GM Place in Vancouver, Nick Lidstrom beat Dan Cloutier glove side on a low shot from centre ice. Vancouver never recovered, losing the game 3-1, and the series in 6. What might have been?
2006 – 2nd round – (5) San Jose vs. (8) Edmonton
Raffi Torres hit on Milan Michalek/Roloson glove save
San Jose had a 2-0 series lead after winning games 1 and 2 at home. Parthway through game 3, Raffi Torres absolutely demolished Milan Michalek with a then clean and now questionable blow to the head. That play swung the momentum in Edmonton’s favour. Dwayne Roloson was also fantastic, and made a massive save in double OT, robbing Jonathan Cheechoo of a goal that would have given the Sharks a 3-0 series lead. Edmonton won the game and the next three to take the series in 6. They ended up going to the SCF and losing in 7.
2007 – Western Conference Final – (1) Detroit vs. (2) Anaheim
Pavel Datsyuk phantom hook
With the series tied 2-2 and the Red Wings leading 1-0, Pavel Datsyuk was given a marginal hooking call with only 1:47 to play. Scott Niedermayer scored from the slot with 47 seconds left and Teemu Selanne roofed a wicked backhander in OT to give the Ducks a 3-2 series lead. They won the series in 6 and went on to win the cup in 5 over Ottawa.
2009 – 2nd Round – (2) Washington vs. (4) Pittsburgh
Kris Letang OT winner
Despite being outplayed and outshot for much of the first 2 games, the Caps held a 2-0 series lead. With game 3 tied 2-2, OT was needed. In an incredibly exciting see-saw affair, Kris Letang let a shot go from the right point which beat Semeon Varlamov. The goal gave the Pens life, and then went on to win 4 of the next 5, including a convincing 6-2 victory in game 7. Pittsburgh went on to win the cup in 7 games over Detroit in what was probably the best Stanley Cup Final since the lockout.
2010 – 2nd Round – (6) Boston vs. (8) Philadelphia
Mike Richards hit on David Krejci
Phialdelphia was down 2-0 in the series when Mike Richards laid a devastating open-ice hit on Bruins centre David Krejci. Krejci had been leading the Bruins offence, particularly on the powerplay where the Bruins were lacking skill and creativity. Though Boston would go on to win this game and take a 3-0 series lead, they weren’t able to win another game. The Flyers completed a historic comeback, becoming only only the 3rd team in history after the ’42 Leafs and ’75 Islanders to overcome a 3-0 series deficit. They made it to the finals where they lost to Chicago in a hard fought 6 game series.