2004 Stanley Cup Finals
The 2004 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2003–04 season, and the culmination of the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Western Conference champion Calgary Flames in seven games and were awarded the Stanley Cup. It was Tampa Bay's first-ever appearance in the final. For Calgary, it was the team's third appearance, and first since their championship season of 1989. Lightning owner William Davidson would soon become the first owner in sports history to win two championships in one year as eight days later, the other team that Davidson owned (the Detroit Pistons of the NBA) won the NBA title in five games over the Los Angeles Lakers. This was the last Stanley Cup Final played for two years, as the 2004–05 NHL lockout occurred three months after the end of this final, lasting over ten months and leading to the cancellation of the 2005 Final, with the league not returning to play for the Cup until 2006.
|2004 Stanley Cup Finals|
|* indicates periods of overtime|
|Location(s)||Tampa: St. Pete Times Forum (1, 2, 5, 7)|
Calgary: Pengrowth Saddledome (3, 4, 6)
|Coaches||Tampa Bay: John Tortorella |
Calgary: Darryl Sutter
|Captains||Tampa Bay: Dave Andreychuk |
Calgary: Jarome Iginla
|National anthems||Tampa Bay: Brooke Hogan|
Calgary: Heather Liscano
|Referees||Bill McCreary (1, 3, 5, 6, 7)|
Stephen Walkom (1, 2, 5, 6)
Kerry Fraser (3, 4, 7)
Brad Watson (2, 4)
|Dates||May 25 – June 7|
|MVP||Brad Richards (Lightning)|
|Series-winning goal||Ruslan Fedotenko (14:38, second, G7)|
|Networks||ABC, CBC, ESPN, RDS, NASN|
|Announcers||(CBC) Bob Cole, Harry Neale (ESPN/ABC) Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, John Davidson|
Paths to the Finals
Calgary beat the Western Conference's top three seeded teams, the Vancouver Canucks 4-3, the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 and the San Jose Sharks 4-2, in that order. This brought a Canadian team to the Finals for the first time in 10 years; Vancouver lost to the New York Rangers in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.
|May 25||Calgary Flames||4–1||Tampa Bay Lightning||St. Pete Times Forum||Recap|
|Calgary leads series, 1–0|
The first game, at St. Pete Times Forum, saw the Flames win 4–1. Dave Andreychuk began the game with a record 634 career goals without a Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Calgary only got 19 shots off against the Lightning defense, but more than one-fifth found the net. Martin Gelinas got Calgary on the board early, and they extended the lead to 3–0 in the second period on goals by Jarome Iginla, his 11th of the playoffs, and Stephane Yelle. Chris Simon added the fourth and final Calgary goal after Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis scored the lone Lightning goal.
|1st||CGY||Martin Gelinas (7)||Craig Conroy (11) and Andrew Ference (2)||03:02||1–0 CGY|
|2nd||CGY||Jarome Iginla (11) – sh||Unassisted||15:21||2–0 CGY|
|CGY||Stephane Yelle (3)||Unassisted||18:08||3–0 CGY|
|3rd||TB||Martin St. Louis (6) – pp||Brad Richards (10) and Dan Boyle (7)||04:13||3–1 CGY|
|CGY||Chris Simon (4) – pp||Oleg Saprykin (2) and Robyn Regehr (5)||19:40||4–1 CGY|
|CGY||Oleg Saprykin||Unsportsmanlike conduct||07:55||2:00|
|TB||Martin St. Louis||High-sticking||19:06||2:00|
|Shots by period|
|May 27||Calgary Flames||1–4||Tampa Bay Lightning||St. Pete Times Forum||Recap|
|Series tied, 1–1|
Game two saw the same final score, but this time, it was Tampa Bay winning a clutch game to tie the series, 1–1, headed to Calgary. Ruslan Fedotenko's 10th goal of the postseason got the Lightning on the board first, and Tampa Bay used three third-period goals, coming from Brad Richards, Dan Boyle, and St. Louis, respectively, to blast the game open. The lone Calgary goal was scored by Ville Nieminen.
These Finals would be the last until 2013 to be tied after two games. The team with home ice in games one and two held a 2-0 edge in every Final between 2006 and 2011. In 2012, the Los Angeles Kings won the first two games at New Jersey.
|1st||TB||Ruslan Fedotenko (10)||Jassen Cullimore (2) and Vincent Lecavalier (5)||07:10||1–0 TB|
|3rd||TB||Brad Richards (9)||Dave Andreychuk (10) and Martin St. Louis (14)||02:51||2–0 TB|
|TB||Dan Boyle (2)||Brad Richards (11) and Fredrik Modin (10)||04:00||3–0 TB|
|TB||Martin St. Louis (7) – pp||Vincent Lecavalier (6) and Dave Andreychuk (11)||05:58||4–0 TB|
|CGY||Ville Nieminen (4) – pp||Shean Donovan (5) and Robyn Regehr (6)||12:21||4–1 TB|
|CGY||Dave Lowry||Hooking – Obstruction||10:21||2:00|
|TB||Bench (served by Dimitri Afanasenkov)||Too many men on the ice||16:59||2:00|
|2nd||TB||Fredrik Modin||Hooking – Obstruction||00:53||2:00|
|CGY||Oleg Saprykin||Goaltender interference||19:22||2:00|
|TB||Cory Stillman||Fightning – Major||05:50||5:00|
|CGY||Andrew Ference||Fighting – Major||05:50||5:00|
|CGY||Andrew Ference||Unsportsmanlike conduct||05:50||2:00|
|TB||Andre Roy||Fighting – Major||08:31||5:00|
|TB||Chris Dingman||Game misconduct||08:31||10:00|
|CGY||Chris Simon||Fighting – Major||08:31||5:00|
|CGY||Martin Gelinas||Checking from behind – Major||19:48||5:00|
|CGY||Martin Gelinas||Game misconduct||19:48||10:00|
|Shots by period|
|May 29||Tampa Bay Lightning||0–3||Calgary Flames||Pengrowth Saddledome||Recap|
|Calgary leads series, 2–1|
The series shifted to the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, where Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary defense completely stonewalled the Tampa Bay attack, which only took 21 shots in a 3–0 Flames victory. Simon scored the first Calgary goal in the second period, and Shean Donovan and Iginla added goals to ice the game.
|2nd||CGY||Chris Simon (5) – pp||Jarome Iginla (8) and Jordan Leopold (9)||13:53||1–0 CGY|
|CGY||Shean Donovan (5)||Unassisted||17:09||2–0 CGY|
|3rd||CGY||Jarome Iginla (12) – pp||Robyn Regehr (7) and Chris Simon (2)||18:28||3–0 CGY|
|CGY||Jarome Iginla||Fighting – Major||06:17||5:00|
|TB||Vincent Lecavalier||Fighting – Major||06:17||5:00|
|CGY||Martin Gelinas||Holding the stick||17:03||2:00|
|Shots by period|
|May 31||Tampa Bay Lightning||1–0||Calgary Flames||Pengrowth Saddledome||Recap|
|Series tied, 2–2|
With a chance to take a commanding 3–1 series lead, Calgary was shut out by Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who recorded his fifth shutout of the postseason, a 29-save shutout, in a 1–0 Tampa Bay victory, with the game's lone goal being scored by Brad Richards three minutes into the game on a two-man advantage.
With 4:13 left in the game, Ville Nieminen checked Vincent Lecavalier into the boards from behind, drawing a five-minute major penalty for boarding, a game misconduct penalty, and an eventual game five suspension. Meanwhile, fans at the Pengrowth Saddledome angrily booed referees Kerry Fraser and Brad Watson throughout most of the contest. They were originally also scheduled to work game six in Calgary but the league eventually decided to replace them.
|1st||TB||Brad Richards (10) – pp||Dave Andreychuk (12) and Dan Boyle (8)||02:48||1–0 TB|
|3rd||CGY||Ville Nieminen||Boarding – Major||15:47||5:00|
|CGY||Ville Nieminen||Game misconduct||15:47||10:00|
|Shots by period|
|June 3||Calgary Flames||3–2||OT||Tampa Bay Lightning||St. Pete Times Forum||Recap|
|Calgary leads series, 3–2|
The series returned to Tampa Bay tied, 2–2, for a critical game five, and Calgary pulled off a 3–2 overtime victory to move within one win from the Stanley Cup. After Gelinas and St. Louis traded goals in the first period, Iginla scored for Calgary late in the second period. However, Fredrik Modin tied the game for the Lightning 37 seconds into the third period. The 2–2 score held until after 14:40 had gone by in overtime, when Oleg Saprykin's first goal since the first round won the game for the Flames.
|1st||CGY||Martin Gelinas (8) – pp||Toni Lydman (1) and Steve Montador (2)||02:13||1–0 CGY|
|TB||Martin St. Louis (8)||Martin Cibak (1) and Chris Dingman (1)||19:26||1–1 TIE|
|2nd||CGY||Jarome Iginla (13)||Unassisted||15:10||2–1 CGY|
|3rd||TB||Fredrik Modin (8) – pp||Brad Richards (12) and Dave Andreychuk (13)||00:37||2–2 TIE|
|OT||CGY||Oleg Saprykin (3)||Jarome Iginla (9) and Marcus Nilson (7)||14:40||3–2 CGY|
|3rd||CGY||Rhett Warrener||Holding the stick||00:31||2:00|
|Shots by period|
|June 5||Tampa Bay Lightning||3–2||2OT||Calgary Flames||Pengrowth Saddledome||Recap|
|Series tied, 3–3|
Back to Calgary for game six, each team scored two second-period goals, with Richards scoring two for the Lightning and Chris Clark and Marcus Nilson for the Flames. In the third period, there was a dispute over a Martin Gelinas redirect that appeared to have gone in off of his skate. A review from one camera angle appeared to show the puck crossing the goal line before Khabibulin's pad dragged it out, though some (including Lightning Tim Taylor) argue that the puck had not only been knocked several inches above the goal line (thus making there appear to be white ice between the puck and the goal line) in front of Khabibulin's pad, but that it was also "kicked" by Gelinas. The play was never reviewed. It was however later shown in game seven by ABC television that the NHL made the correct call via a CGI video analysis of the goal in question that proved that the puck never crossed the goal line completely. The CGI company who did the analysis of the video was based out of Calgary. The game entered overtime with the Flames needing only a single goal to win the Stanley Cup. However, thirty-three seconds into the second overtime, St. Louis put in the game-winner for the Lightning to force a winner-take-all seventh game in Tampa.
|2nd||TB||Brad Richards (11) – pp||Martin St. Louis (15) and Ruslan Fedotenko (2)||04:17||1–0 TB|
|CGY||Chris Clark (3)||Stephane Yelle (3) and Ville Nieminen (4)||09:05||1–1 TIE|
|TB||Brad Richards (12) – pp||Unassisted||10:52||2–1 TB|
|CGY||Marcus Nilson (4)||Oleg Saprykin (3) and Andrew Ference (3)||17:49||2–2 TIE|
|2OT||TB||Martin St. Louis (9) – pp||Brad Richards (13) and Tim Taylor (3)||00:33||3–2 TB|
|CGY||Craig Conroy||Hooking – Obstruction||09:25||2:00|
|Shots by period|
|June 7||Calgary Flames||1–2||Tampa Bay Lightning||St. Pete Times Forum||Recap|
|Tampa Bay wins series, 4–3|
In a tense game seven, Fedotenko scored goals for Tampa Bay late in the first period and late in the second period for a 2–0 lead. After Conroy scored to narrow the deficit to 2–1, Calgary bombarded Khabibulin after taking only seven shots in the first two periods. After the Conroy goal, Khabibulin stopped 16 Calgary shots. The series ended as Flames center Marcus Nilson missed a last-second opportunity to force overtime. Tampa Bay won the game, 2–1, and the Stanley Cup.
|1st||TB||Ruslan Fedotenko (11) – pp||Brad Richards (14) and Fredrik Modin (11)||13:31||1–0 TB|
|2nd||TB||Ruslan Fedotenko (12)||Vincent Lecavalier (7) and Cory Stillman (5)||14:38||2–0 TB|
|3rd||CGY||Craig Conroy (6) – pp||Jordan Leopold (10)||09:21||2–1 TB|
|Shots by period|
Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning – 2004 Stanley Cup champions
Coaching and administrative staff
- William Davidson (Owner), Thomas Wilson (Governor), Ronald Campbell (President)
- Jay Feaster (Vice President/General Manager), John Tortorella (Head Coach), Craig Ramsay (Associate Coach), Jeff Reese (Asst. Coach)
- Nigel Kirwan (Video Coach), Eric Lawson (Strength-Conditioning Coach), Thomas Mulligan (Medical Trainer), Adam Rambo (Asst. Medical Trainer), Ray Thill (Equipment Manager)
- Dana Heinze (Asst. Equipment Manager), Jim Pickard (Asst. Equipment Manager), Mike Griebel (Massage Therapist), Bill Barber (Director-Player Personnel), Jake Goertzen (Head Scout)
- Phil Thibodeau (Director-Team Services), Ryan Belac (Asst. General Manager), Rick Paterson (Chief Pro Scout), Kari Kettunen (Scout)
- Glen Zacharias (Scout), Steve Barker (Scout), Dave Heitz (Scout)
- Yuri Yanchenkov (Scout), Bill Wickett (Sr. Vice President-Communications), Sean Henry (Exe. Vice President-Chief Operating Officer)
Stanley Cup engraving
- Darren Rumble played only five regular season games, and did not play in the playoffs. Rumble was a healthy reserve the rest of the season.
- Eric Perrin played in four regular season games and twelve playoff games (four in the conference in finals).
- Stanislav Neckar played two games in the conference finals. Neckar was on the Nashville Predators injury reserve list majority of the season, before joining Tampa Bay in a trade on March 9, 2004.
- Ruslan Fedotenko was the first player who was born and raised in Ukraine, and exclusively trained in the country to win the Stanley Cup.
- Tampa Bay was given permission to include these players on the Stanley Cup even though they did not qualify. Rumble for spending the whole season with Tampa Bay, and Perrin and Neckar for playing in the conference finals.
ALL 52 members were included with the full first and full last names on the Presentation Stanley Cup filling the last spot on the Stanley Cup. When the engraver Louise St. Jacques went to engrave the Replica Stanley Cup there was less space available. There was more space between each winning team on the Replica Stanley Cup then on the Presentation Stanley Cup. Louise decided to keep each member name in same order on the same line on the Replica Stanley Cup, so all names were engraved with first initial and full last name. This is another way of telling the Presentation Stanley Cup from the Replica Stanley Cup.
In the United States, this was the last Stanley Cup Finals to air on the ABC/ESPN family of networks, with ESPN televising the first two games and ABC broadcasting the last five games, as the 2004–05 NHL lockout suspended play for the next season. NBC and OLN would pick up the NHL for the 2005–06 season. The Comcast-owned OLN would later be renamed Versus for the 2006–07 season, then re-branded as the NBC Sports Network on January 2, 2012, following Comcast's 2011 acquisition of NBC, effectively moving to the NHL on NBC banner.
In Canada, the CBC's broadcast of game seven of the Finals drew 4.862 million viewers, making it the highest-rated NHL game on the CBC since game seven of the 1994 Final, which drew 4.957 million viewers. However, those numbers include both pre-game and post-game coverage. The game itself drew 5.560 million viewers, up from 5.404 in 1994.
- "Flames reach Stanley Cup finals". CBC Sports. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. May 20, 2004. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
Calgary is the first Canadian team to reach the Stanley Cup finals since the 1994 Vancouver Canucks...lost...to the New York Rangers.
- "NHL playoffs 2018: Alex Ovechkin, Capitals join Golden Knights in unlikely Stanley Cup Final". The Sporting News. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
- "Richards nets record seventh winning goal". ESPN. May 31, 2004. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
- "A faint whiff of panic: Lightning tightly wound with Flames nearing first title in 15 years". SI.com. June 4, 2004. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
- Lapointe, Joe (June 7, 2004). "The Gamesmanship Is Over: It's One Game for the Cup". New York Times. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
- Martin Gelinas Phantom Goal, Did The Puck Go In? on YouTube
- A better look at Martin Gelinas 'goal' in game six Stanley Cup Final 2004 on YouTube
- "game seven scores with Canadian viewers". The Calgary Herald. June 9, 2004. p. AA.05.
New Jersey Devils
| Tampa Bay Lightning
2004 Stanley Cup Champions