Wednesday, May 5, 2010
2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Well I posed this question yesterday, when was the last time the Detroit Red Wings were down 3-0 in the playoffs? Well today I have the answer, 2003! They were swept by the 7th seeded and eventual Western Conference Champion Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Losing by scores of 2-1 (games 1-3) 3-2 (games 2-4) the Red Wings were swept out of the playoffs one year after beating Carolina for the 2002 Stanley Cup.
The Ducks would go on to beat the Dallas Stars in the Western semi-finals and then the upstart #6 seeded Minnesota Wild in the Conference finals before falling to the New Jersey Devils in 7 games in the Finals. In some consolation J.S. Giguere would win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Finals MVP for helping push the Devils to 7 games. Suprisingly Martin Broduer did not win the MVP even though the 4 games the Devils won were all shut outs in the Finals.