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

The 1995 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League was played between May 6 and June 24, 1995. In the Final, the New Jersey Devils swept the favored Detroit Red Wings in four games to win their first championship. The Quebec Nordiques played their last ever playoff series during this time. They would move to Denver Colorado during the summer.

The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-7 series for the conference quarterfinals, semifinals and championships, and then the conference champions played a best-of-7 series for the Stanley Cup.

Playoff bracket[edit | edit source]

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference finals Stanley Cup Final
1  Quebec Nordiques 2     2  Philadelphia Flyers 4  
8  New York Rangers 4     8  New York Rangers 0  

2  Philadelphia Flyers 4 Eastern Conference
7  Buffalo Sabres 1  
    2  Philadelphia Flyers 2  
  5  New Jersey Devils 4  
3  Pittsburgh Penguins 4  
6  Washington Capitals 3  
4  Boston Bruins 1   3  Pittsburgh Penguins 1
5  New Jersey Devils 4     5  New Jersey Devils 4  

  E5  New Jersey Devils 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1  Detroit Red Wings 0
1  Detroit Red Wings 4     1  Detroit Red Wings 4
8  Dallas Stars 1     7  San Jose Sharks 0  
2  Calgary Flames 3
7  San Jose Sharks 4  
  1  Detroit Red Wings 4
  4  Chicago Blackhawks 1  
3  St. Louis Blues 3  
6  Vancouver Canucks 4   Western Conference
4  Chicago Blackhawks 4   4  Chicago Blackhawks 4
5  Toronto Maple Leafs 3     6  Vancouver Canucks 0  
  • 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.

Scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Sergei Fedorov Detroit 17 7 17 24
Stephane Richer New Jersey 19 6 15 21
Neal Broten New Jersey 20 7 12 19
Ron Francis Pittsburgh 12 6 13 19
Denis Savard Chicago 16 7 11 18
Paul Coffey Detroit 18 6 12 18
John MacLean New Jersey 20 5 13 18
Claude Lemieux New Jersey 20 13 3 16
Vyacheslav Kozlov Detroit 18 9 7 16
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 18 4 12 16

Conference Quarter-finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals[edit | edit source]

Quebec Nordiques vs. New York Rangers[edit | edit source]

Quebec vs. NY Rangers
Date Away Home
May 6 NY Rangers 4 5 Quebec
May 8 NY Rangers 8 3 Quebec
May 10 Quebec 3 4 NY Rangers
May 12 Quebec 2 3 NY Rangers OT
May 14 NY Rangers 2 4 Quebec
May 16 Quebec 2 4 NY Rangers
NY Rangers wins series 4–2

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals[edit | edit source]

Pittsburgh vs. Washington
Date Away Home
May 6 Washington 5 4 Pittsburgh
May 8 Washington 3 5 Pittsburgh
May 10 Pittsburgh 2 6 Washington
May 12 Pittsburgh 2 6 Washington
May 14 Washington 5 6 Pittsburgh OT
May 16 Pittsburgh 7 1 Washington
May 18 Washington 0 3 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh wins series 4–3

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres[edit | edit source]

Philadelphia vs. Buffalo
Date Away Home
May 7 Buffalo 3 4 Philadelphia OT
May 8 Buffalo 1 3 Philadelphia
May 10 Philadelphia 1 3 Buffalo
May 12 Philadelphia 4 2 Buffalo
May 14 Buffalo 4 6 Philadelphia
Philadelphia wins series 4–1

Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils[edit | edit source]

Boston vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home
May 7 New Jersey 5 0 Boston
May 8 New Jersey 3 0 Boston
May 10 Boston 3 2 New Jersey
May 12 Boston 0 1 New Jersey OT
May 14 New Jersey 3 2 Boston
New Jersey wins series 4–1

Western Conference Quarter-finals[edit | edit source]

Detroit Red Wings vs. Dallas Stars[edit | edit source]

Detroit vs. Dallas
Date Away Home
May 7 Dallas 3 4 Detroit
May 9 Dallas 1 4 Detroit
May 11 Detroit 5 1 Dallas
May 14 Detroit 1 4 Dallas
May 15 Dallas 1 3 Detroit
Detroit wins series 4–1

St. Louis Blues vs. Vancouver Canucks[edit | edit source]

St. Louis vs. Vancouver
Date Away Home
May 7 Vancouver 1 2 St. Louis
May 9 Vancouver 5 3 St. Louis
May 11 St. Louis 1 6 Vancouver
May 13 St. Louis 5 2 Vancouver
May 15 Vancouver 6 5 St. Louis OT
May 17 St. Louis 8 2 Vancouver
May 19 Vancouver 5 3 St. Louis
Vancouver wins series 4–3

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs[edit | edit source]

Chicago vs. Toronto
Date Away Home
May 7 Toronto 5 3 Chicago
May 9 Toronto 3 0 Chicago
May 11 Chicago 3 2 Toronto
May 13 Chicago 3 1 Toronto
May 15 Toronto 2 4 Chicago
May 17 Chicago 4 5 Toronto OT
May 19 Toronto 2 5 Chicago
Chicago wins series 4–3

Calgary Flames vs. San Jose Sharks[edit | edit source]

Calgary vs. San Jose
Date Away Home
May 7 San Jose 5 4 Calgary
May 9 San Jose 5 4 Calgary OT
May 11 Calgary 9 2 San Jose
May 13 Calgary 6 4 San Jose
May 15 San Jose 0 5 Calgary
May 17 Calgary 3 5 San Jose
May 19 San Jose 5 4 Calgary 2OT
San Jose wins series 4–3

Conference Semi-finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference Semi-finals[edit | edit source]

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils[edit | edit source]

Pittsburgh vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home
May 20 New Jersey 2 3 Pittsburgh
May 22 New Jersey 4 2 Pittsburgh
May 24 Pittsburgh 1 5 New Jersey
May 26 Pittsburgh 1 2 New Jersey OT
May 28 New Jersey 4 1 Pittsburgh
New Jersey win series 4–1

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers[edit | edit source]

Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
Date Away Home
May 21 NY Rangers 4 5 Philadelphia OT
May 22 NY Rangers 3 4 Philadelphia OT
May 24 Philadelphia 5 2 NY Rangers
May 26 Philadelphia 4 1 NY Rangers
Philadelphia wins series 4–0

Western Conference Semi-finals[edit | edit source]

Detroit Red Wings vs. San Jose Sharks[edit | edit source]

Detroit vs. San Jose
Date Away Home
May 21 San Jose 0 6 Detroit
May 23 San Jose 2 6 Detroit
May 25 Detroit 6 2 San Jose
May 27 Detroit 6 2 San Jose
Detroit wins series 4–0

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks[edit | edit source]

Chicago vs. Vancouver
Date Away Home
May 21 Vancouver 1 2 Chicago OT
May 23 Vancouver 0 2 Chicago
May 25 Chicago 3 2 Vancouver OT
May 27 Chicago 4 3 Vancouver OT
Chicago wins series 4–0

Conference Finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference Final[edit | edit source]

Philadelphia vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home
June 3 New Jersey 4 1 Philadelphia
June 5 New Jersey 5 2 Philadelphia
June 7 Philadelphia 3 2 New Jersey OT
June 10 Philadelphia 4 2 New Jersey
June 11 New Jersey 3 2 Philadelphia
June 13 Philadelphia 2 4 New Jersey
New Jersey wins series 4–2
and Prince of Wales Trophy

The Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils met in the 1995 Eastern Conference Final. The Flyers were fresh off their surprising four-game sweep of the defending Stanley Cup-champion New York Rangers, while the Devils had just completed their unlikely upset of the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games. The Flyers were looking to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1987, while the Devils were hoping to make it to the Cup Finals for the first time in team history.

New Jersey shocked the Philadelphia and their home crowd in game one at the Spectrum, taking a commanding 3–0 lead after the first two periods. They made it 4–0 on Bill Guerin's second goal of the game, at 2:04 of the third period. Martin Brodeur's shutout bid was erased, however, as Craig MacTavish got the Flyers on the board with 1:54 remaining in regulation. The Devils won the game 4–1 to take a 1–0 lead in the series. The Flyers fought back in game two, as Mikael Renberg's goal at 13:54 of the first period gave his team a 2–1 lead; its first lead in the series. However, Devils forward John MacLean would score with just 12 seconds remaining in the period to tie the game at 2–2. New Jersey then went on to score three times in the second period, and won the game 5–2. After dominating the first two games at the Spectrum, the Devils headed home for game three, up two games to none in the series. In game three, Philadelphia played with a sense of urgency. Trailing 2–1, the Flyers tied the game on Rod Brind'Amour's goal with 6:03 to go in regulation. They went on to win the game 3–2 on captain Eric Lindros' goal at 4:19 of the first overtime period. Playing with their newfound confidence, the Flyers won game four as well, 4–2, despite being outshot 34–19. Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall made 32 saves. The win tied the series at 2–2 and set up a crucial game five on Sunday, June 11th at the Spectrum. The Devils took a 2–1 lead into the second period, which ended up scoreless. The Flyers tied the game on Kevin Dineen's second goal of the game at 3:13 of the third period. The Devils almost regained the lead on Stephane Richer's breakaway shot that hit the crossbar with less than four minutes to go in regulation. Then, with less than a minute remaining, Devils forward Claude Lemieux picked up the puck on a backcheck in the New Jersey zone and skated up the ice. Once over the Flyers' blue line, Lemieux fired a slap shot that beat Hextall blocker side. The goal silenced the Spectrum crowd and gave New Jersey a 3–2 lead with just 44.2 seconds to play. The Devils hung on to win the game 3–2.

In game six on June 13th, Philadelphia opened the scoring on Jim Montgomery's goal at 4:05 of the first period. The Devils, however, calmly utilized their neutral-zone Trap to shut down the Flyers' offense while their forwards took advantage and got their team on the board. Stephane Richer tied the game with a power-play goal at 10:25 and Brian Rolston put the Devils up 2–1 with a goal at 18:15. The scored remained 2–1 for New Jersey until midway through the second period. Flyers forward Craig MacTavish, skating over the Devils' blue line, took a slap shot that was blocked by New Jersey defenceman Shawn Chambers. New Jersey forward Bobby Holik then picked up the puck and skated up the ice with forward Randy McKay on the right side and Claude Lemieux as the trailer. Once over the Flyers' blue line, Holik feathered the puck under the legs of the diving Flyers defenseman Kevin Haller and it went right to the stick of Randy McKay, who one-timed it into the net behind Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall. The goal came at 11:58 and gave New Jersey a 3–1 lead. They made it 4–1 at 10:11 of the third period when Bobby Carpenter passed the puck past Flyers defenceman Karl Dykhuis up to Claude Lemieux at center ice who went in on a breakaway and scored his league-leading 11th goal of the playoffs. He had been tied with Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr, who had scored 10 goals in the Penguins' 12 playoff games of 1995. With the goal, Lemieux also broke his personal record for most goals scored in a playoff year that he had set in 1986 as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. The Flyers fought back as Mikael Renberg scored on the power play at 16:29 to cut the Devils' lead to 4–2, but New Jersey held its lead and went on to win the game and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in team history.

Western Conference Final[edit | edit source]

Detroit vs. Chicago
Date Away Home
June 1 Chicago 1 2 Detroit OT
June 4 Chicago 2 3 Detroit
June 6 Detroit 4 3 Chicago 2OT
June 8 Detroit 2 5 Chicago
June 11 Chicago 1 2 Detroit 2OT
Detroit wins series 4–1 and
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

The Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks met in the 1995 Western Conference Finals. The Red Wings had just completed a four-game sweep of the San Jose Sharks, and the Blackhawks had just completed their sweep of the Vancouver Canucks. Detroit was having its best playoff since 1988, and was hoping to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1966. Chicago, on the other hand, was back in the Conference Finals for the first time since 1992, when they last made it to the Cup Finals.

Game one of the series at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit saw a goaltending battle between Ed Belfour of Chicago and Mike Vernon of Detroit. The two teams skated to a 1–1 tie after regulation before Nicklas Lidstrom scored the game-winning goal for Detroit at 1:01 of the first overtime period. It was the first overtime playoff game that Detroit had won at home since Tuesday, March 29, 1960. In game two, Chicago led by a score of 2–1 after two periods on goals by Chris Chelios and Tony Amonte. However, Detroit kept pressing and eventually tied the game on Doug Brown's goal. Kris Draper scored the winner for Detroit with just 1:45 remaining in regulation. In game three of the series at the United Center in Chicago, Detroit led 3–2 going into the third period, where Jeff Shantz scored at 8:33 to tie the game for Chicago. The game went to double overtime where Vladimir Konstantinov scored the game-winner for Detroit at 9:25. The win gave the Red Wings a commanding three-games-to-none series lead. The Blackhawks responded to the urgency and came out flying in game four. Denis Savard and Joe Murphy both scored twice and captain Dirk Graham had a goal to give Chicago a dominating 5–0 lead after 40 minutes. Detroit scored twice in the third period on goals by Kris Draper and Ray Sheppard, as the Blackhawks went on to win the game 5–2. They now trailed in the series 3 games to 1. In game five in Detroit on Sunday, June 11th, Chicago jumped out to a 1–0 lead on Denis Savard's power play goal at 10:18 of the first period. Detroit then tied the game on Steve Yzerman's goal at 11:36 of the second. After a scoreless third period, the game went into double overtime where Vyacheslav Kozlov scored at 2:25 to give the Red Wings a 2–1 win and a four-games-to-one series win.

Stanley Cup Final[edit | edit source]

The Red Wings were making their 19th appearance in a Stanley Cup Final, and first since 1966. The Devils were making their first appearance in the final, in their 20th season. The Devils would blanket the Red Wings with defense to win their first Cup title.

Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
June 17 New Jersey 2 Detroit 1
June 20 New Jersey 4 Detroit 2
June 22 Detroit 2 New Jersey 5
June 24 Detroit 2 New Jersey 5
New Jersey wins series 4–0
and Stanley Cup
Claude Lemieux (New Jersey)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

See also[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
1994 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup playoffs
Succeeded by
1996 Stanley Cup playoffs
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