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2000 Stanley Cup Finals

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Dates  30 May 2000 – 10 Jun 2000
Champion  New Jersey Devils
MVP  Scott Stevens
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Location(s)  East Rutherford, New Jersey (Continental Airlines Arena) (1,2,5) Dallas, Texas (Reunion Arena) (3,4,6)
Coaches  New Jersey: Larry Robinson Dallas: Ken Hitchcock
Captains  New Jersey: Scott Stevens Dallas: Derian Hatcher
Referees  Don Koharski (1,3,6) Bill McCreary (1,4,6) Kerry Fraser (2,4) Dan Marouelli (2,5) Terry Gregson (3,5)
Series-winning goal  Jason Arnott (8:20, second OT, G6)
Similar  2001 Stanley Cup Finals, 2003 Stanley Cup Finals, 1995 Stanley Cup Finals, 2002 Stanley Cup Finals, 1999 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2000 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils and the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars (who were the defending Stanley Cup champion). The Devils were led by captain Scott Stevens, Head Coach Larry Robinson and goaltender Martin Brodeur. The Stars were led by captain Derian Hatcher, Head Coach Ken Hitchcock and goaltender Ed Belfour.


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Road to the Final

New Jersey defeated the Florida Panthers 4–0, the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–2 and the Philadelphia Flyers 4–3 to advance to the Finals.

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Dallas defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4–1, the San Jose Sharks 4–1 and the Colorado Avalanche 4–3 to advance to the Finals.

The series

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Despite New Jersey being a lower seed in conference play (4) than Dallas (2), New Jersey's 103 points were one more than Dallas, giving them home-ice advantage in the series. The Devils won the Cup in game six on a one-timer goal by Jason Arnott in double overtime. It was their second Stanley Cup overall and first since 1995.

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For the Stars, this was the first time since the New York Islanders lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the 1984 Final that a defending Stanley Cup champion lost in the Final. This happened to the Devils themselves the following year when they lost to the Colorado Avalanche.

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This is the first-ever Final that featured two relocated teams competing for the Stanley Cup, as well as being the first Final in which both teams had won the Stanley Cup previously after relocation.

Stanley Cup engraving

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Three players who did not automatically qualify for their names to be engraved on the Stanley Cup were engraved at the Devils' request:

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  • Steve Kelly† – Played ten playoff games, four in Eastern Conference Final.
  • Steve Brule† – Played one game in the Conference Finals.
  • Ken Sutton† – Joined the team at the NHL trade deadline from the minors. He played six regular season games, but was a healthy scratch for the playoffs.
  • Larry Robinson was promoted from assistant coach to head coach with only eight games left in the regular season to replace Robbie Ftorek. Ftorek stayed on as a scout for the rest of season and the NHL allowed his name to be included on the Stanley Cup.
  • Krzysztof Oliwa was first Polish born-trained player to win the Stanley Cup. He played 69 regular season, but missed whole playoff injured. Oliwa qualified for playing more than 1/2 the regular season games for New Jersey.
  • Left off the Stanley Cup

  • Rob McLean (Consultant) – Still awarded a Stanley Cup Ring, and on the team picture.
  • #24 Willie Mitchell (D) – Played in two regular season games. He was recalled for the playoffs, but did not make any playoff appearances. He won the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and 2014.
  • #2 Deron Quint (D) – Played 50 regular season games for Phoenix, and four games for New Jersey (joined in a March 7 trade for Lyle Odelein) was not engraved on the Stanley Cup because New Jersey suspended him for failing to report to the minors for conditioning purposes.
  • References

    2000 Stanley Cup Finals Wikipedia