The 2004 Stanley Cup Final for the NHL championship pitted the Eastern Conference's top qualifier, the Tampa Bay Lightning, against the West's sixth place qualifier, the Calgary Flames. It was Tampa's first-ever appearance in the final. For Calgary, it was the team's third appearance, and first since the Flames won the Cup in 1989. Tampa defeated the Flames in seven games to win their first Stanley Cup.
Paths to the finalEdit
- For more details on this topic, see 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Tampa Bay defeated the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens in the first two rounds and defeated Philadelphia Flyers in the Conference final to advance to the final. Calgary had beaten the Western Conference's top three seeded teams, the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, and the San Jose Sharks, in that order.
The first game, at St. Pete Times Forum, saw the Flames win the game, 4–1. 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 postseason, and Stephane Yelle. Chris Simon added the fourth and final Calgary goal after Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis scored the lone Lightning goal.
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.
Game threeEditThe 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.
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.
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.
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 shot that appeared to have gone in. A review from one unorthodox camera angle showed the puck would appear to have crossed the goal line before Khabibulin's pad dragged it out, though another camera did show the puck had been knocked several inches above the goal line in front of Khabibulin's pad. Although it never was reviewed, it was officially inconclusive. The game entered overtime with the Flames needing only a single goal to win the Stanley Cup. Thirty-three seconds into double overtime, St. Louis put in the game-winner for the Lightning to force a winner-take-all game seven in Tampa Bay.
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 barraged 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.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are currently the southern-most hockey team to ever win the Stanley Cup in history.
|Tue, May 25||Tampa Bay Lightning||1–4||Calgary Flames||St. Pete Times Forum||Recap|
|No scoring||First Period||Martin Gelinas – 3:02|
|No scoring||Second Period||Jarome Iginla – sh – 15:21|
Stephane Yelle – 18:08
|Martin St. Louis – pp – 4:13||Third Period||Chris Simon – pp – 19:40|
|Thu, May 27||Tampa Bay Lightning||4–1||Calgary Flames||St. Pete Times Forum||Recap|
|Ruslan Fedotenko – 7:10||First Period||No Scoring|
|No scoring||Second Period||No Scoring|
|Brad Richards – 2:51|
Dan Boyle – 4:00
St. Louis – pp – 5:58
|Third Period||Ville Nieminen – pp – 12:21|
|Sat, May 29||Calgary Flames||3–0||Tampa Bay Lightning||Pengrowth Saddledome||Recap|
|No Scoring||First Period||No scoring|
|Simon – pp – 13:53|
Donovan – 17:09
|Second Period||No Scoring|
|Iginla – pp – 18:28||Third Period||No Scoring|
|Mon, May 31||Calgary Flames||0–1||Tampa Bay Lightning||Pengrowth Saddledome||Recap|
|No Scoring||First Period||Richards – pp – 2:48|
|No Scoring||Second Period||No scoring|
|No Scoring||Third Period||No scoring|
|Thu, June 3||Tampa Bay Lightning||2–3||OT||Calgary Flames||St. Pete Times Forum||Recap|
|St. Louis – 19:26||First Period||Gelinas – pp – 2:13|
|No Scoring||Second Period||Iginla – 15:10|
|Fredrik Modin – pp – 0:37||Third Period||No Scoring|
|No Scoring||First Overtime Period||Saprykin – 14:48|
|Sat, June 5||Calgary Flames||2–3||2OT||Tampa Bay Lightning||Pengrowth Saddledome||Recap|
|No Scoring||First Period||No scoring|
|Chris Clark – 19:05|
Marcus Nilson – 17:49
|Second Period||Richards – pp – 4:17|
Richards – pp – 10:52
|No Scoring||Third Period||No scoring|
|No Scoring||Second Overtime Period||St. Louis – 0:33|
|Mon, June 7||Tampa Bay Lightning||2–1||Calgary Flames||St. Pete Times Forum||Recap|
|Fedotenko – 13:31||First Period||No Scoring|
|Fedotenko – 14:38||Second Period||No Scoring|
|No Scoring||Third Period||Craig Conroy – 9:21|
|Lightning win series 4–3|
Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 Stanley Cup champions Edit
- 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 (ass’t 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, Jim Pickard (ass’t equipment managers)
- Mike Griebel (massage therapist), Bill Barber (director of player personnel), Jake Goertzen (head scout)
- Phil Thibodeau (director of team services), Ryan Belac (ass’t general manager), Rick Paterson (chief pro scout)
- Kari Kettunen, Glen Zanharia, Steve Barker (scouts)
- Dave Heitz, Yuro Yankchenkov (scouts), Bill Wickett, Sean Herny (vice presidents).
Stanley Cup engraving
- Darren Rumble* played only 5 regular season games, and did not play in the playoffs. Rumble was a healthy reserve the rest of the season. Stanislav Neckar* played 2 playoff games. Neckar was on Nashville Predators injury reserve list majority of the season, before joining Tampa Bay in a trade on March 9, 2004. Eric Perrin played in 4 regular season games and 12 playoff games. Tampa Bay was given permission to include these players on the Stanley Cup even though they did not qualify.
- Shane Willis† played in 12 regular season games and Brian Eklund† did not play in any games that season. They did not have their names engraved because they did not qualify.
This was the last Stanley Cup Final to air on the ABC/ESPN family of networks, as the 2004-05 NHL lockout suspended play for the next season. NBC and Versus (formerly OLN) would pick up the NHL for the 2005-06 season.
- Diamond, Dan (2008). Total Stanley Cup. Dan Diamond & Associates, Inc..
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