The Maple Leafs win their third Stanley Cup in three seasons completing a four-game sweep of the Red Wings. Ted "Teeder" Kennedy, one of Gordie Howe
's nemesis', led Toronto with eight points in nine games that playoff season. During the regular season, Detroit was the better team finishing in first place with 75 points and Toronto had the least amount of points in the regular season of the four playoff teams with 57.
The Flyers extend their first franchise playoff series in their inaugural season to a seventh game against the Blues with a Don Blackburn
overtime game-winning goal -- one of just three career playoff goals Blackburn would score. St. Louis would come back and win the seventh game. St. Louis won the West Division, which was comprised of the six teams that joined the NHL for the 1967-68 season, and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final where they were swept by the Canadiens in the first of three consecutive Stanley Cup Final losses, which saw the Blues win no games in any of those three series.
Blues forward Kevin O'Shea
, who scored just 13 career goals in the NHL, scored the biggest goal of his career at 10:07 of overtime in Game 7 giving St. Louis a 2-1 win -- one of just two career playoff goals O'Shea would score. The decisive win advanced the Blues to the second round where they were swept in four games by the last Bruins team to win the Cup, which featured the likes of Phil Esposito
, Bobby Orr
and Johnny Bucyk.
Edmonton center Mark Lamb
, who had only played one full season in the NHL, scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Oilers’ first-round series against the Winnipeg Jets giving Edmonton a 4-1 win and their first playoff round victory since Wayne Gretzky
was traded from the Oilers to the Kings in the summer of 1988. Lamb, who finished his career with 46 goals in 403 regular-season games, wasn't much of a goal-scorer, but had a big series against Winnipeg scoring the overtime game-winning goal in Game 2. The Oilers proceeded to win their last Stanley Cup to date later that season by beating the Bruins in five games in the Stanley Cup Final.
Oilers center Doug Weight
scored a hat trick in Edmonton's 5-2 win against the Stars in Game 3 of their first round match up. Game 3 was the only game the Stars would lose in that series as they went on to capture their second consecutive Western Conference Final, but lost to the Devils in six games in the Stanley Cup Final. This series marked the fourth-straight season the Oilers and Stars clashed in the playoffs and the third-consecutive time that Dallas won the series.
Former Penguins goalie Johan Hedberg
recorded his first career shutout -- regular season or playoffs -- in Pittsburgh's 3-0 Game 3 win against the Capitals. Hedberg was the surprise of the 2001 playoffs and had been recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the IHL and his helmet still featured a moose earning him the nickname "Moose." Hedberg led the Penguins, who had been rejuvenated with Mario Lemieux
's return, all the way to the Eastern Conference Final where they lost to the Devils in five games. Since 2001 Hedberg has played just four playoff games with the Canucks and the Thrashers.
The Blues grab hold of their first-round matchup against the Canucks with a 4-1 win in St. Louis to take a 3-1 lead in the series, but Vancouver would come back to win the series in seven games. That marked the first time the Canucks advanced to the second round for the first time since 1995, but they were defeated by the Wild in seven games. 2003 was also the first time since 1993 that the Canucks had 100 points in the regular season. 2003 is also the only time that then-Blues center Pavol Demitra
, who had 4 assists and 6 points in the series, broke the 90-point barrier to date. Demitra wasn't the only player to have a career-season in 2003, Markus Naslund
had 100 points for the only time in his career that season and had 9 assists and 14 points in that playoff season playing on the West Coast Express Line with Todd Bertuzzi
and Brendan Morrison
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