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Raising the Cup Presents: 1997 Stanley Cup Final Game 4

Monday, 08.08.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network
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Raising the Cup Presents: 1997 Stanley Cup Final Game 4
 
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The brooms came out at Joe Louis Arena as Red Wings fans eagerly anticipated a Final sweep and the team's first Stanley Cup championship since 1955. The Wings entered Game 4 in complete control of the series, while the Flyers were trying to catch their breath.

Coach Terry Murray had commented after Philly's 6-1 loss in Game 3 that the team was "in a choking situation," which was interpreted as Murray calling out his team for cracking under pressure, though it was likely a reference to Detroit's smothering play.

Things started out a little better in Game 4, as the Flyers pressed the attack throughout the first period. However, Nicklas Lidstrom blasted a well-screened one-timer from the blue line past Ron Hextall in the final minute to give the Wings a 1-0 lead.

The deal-breaker came in the second as Darren McCarty undressed rookie defenseman Janne Niinimaa on a break in front of the crease, cut back to his right and wristed the puck over a sprawled Hextall to make it 2-0.

Flyers captain Eric Lindros, under fire throughout the Final for a perceived lack of leadership after manhandling the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals, scored with 15 seconds left for his only goal in the series, but the Wings held on for the 2-1 championship-clinching victory.

DATE recap GAME
Mon, Jul 18 1982 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks
Tue, Jul 19 1983 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders
Wed, Jul 20 1984 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders
Thu, Jul 21 1985 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Fri, Jul 22 1986 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens
Mon, Jul 25 1987 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Tue, Jul 26 1988 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
Wed, Jul 27 1989 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens
Thu, Jul 28 1990 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
Fri, Jul 29 1991 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Minnesota North Stars vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Mon, Aug 1 1992 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Chicago Blackhawks vs.Pittsburgh Penguins
Tue, Aug 2 1993 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Montreal Canadiens vs. Los Angeles Kings
Wed, Aug 3 1994 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - New York Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks
Thu, Aug 4 1995 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils
Fri, Aug 5 1996 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers
Mon, Aug 8 1997 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Tue, Aug 9 1998 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals
Wed, Aug 10 1999 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Buffalo Sabres vs. Dallas Stars
Thu, Aug 11 2000 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Dallas Stars vs. New Jersey Devils
Fri, Aug 12 2001 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Colorado Avalanche vs. New Jersey Devils
Mon, Aug 15 2002 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Tue, Aug 16 2003 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Mighty Ducks of Anaheim vs. New Jersey Devils
Wed, Aug 17 2004 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Calgary Flames vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Thu, Aug 18 2006 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers
Fri, Aug 19 2007 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators
Mon, Aug 22 2008 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Tue, Aug 23 2009 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Wed, Aug 24 2010 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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