| April 12–June 10, 2000|
New Jersey Devils
| Colorado Avalanche
The 2000 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL), began on April 12, 2000, and concluded on June 10. The 16 teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-7 series for Conference Quarterfinals, Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals, with each conference champion playing a best-of-7 series in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Stanley Cup.
The playoffs ended when the New Jersey Devils defeated the reigning champion Dallas Stars in a six-game series to win their second Stanley Cup title in franchise history. Devils defenseman Scott Stevens was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.
For the first time in history, the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens missed the playoffs in the same season. Additionally, the Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks both missed the playoffs in the same season for the first time since the 1955–56 season. In addition, both conference finals went to a maximum 7 games which would not happen again until 2015
2000 Stanley Cup playoffs Wikipedia
The following teams qualified for the playoffs:
- Philadelphia Flyers, Atlantic Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions – 105 points
- Washington Capitals, Southeast Division champions – 102 points
- Toronto Maple Leafs, Northeast Division champions – 100 points
- New Jersey Devils – 103 points
- Florida Panthers – 98 points
- Ottawa Senators – 95 points
- Pittsburgh Penguins – 88 points
- Buffalo Sabres – 85 points
During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.
- St. Louis Blues, Central Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 114 points
- Dallas Stars, Pacific Division champions – 102 points
- Colorado Avalanche, Northwest Division champions – 96 points
- Detroit Red Wings – 108 points
- Los Angeles Kings – 94 points
- Phoenix Coyotes – 90 points
- Edmonton Oilers – 88 points
- San Jose Sharks – 87 points
Game four was the third-longest game in playoff history.
Martin Brodeur set a Stanley Cup playoff record in game six for the least shots against required to record a shutout in a single game.
Until 2015, this had been the most recent time that both Conference Final series went the full seven games.
The Devils overcame a 3 games to 1 deficit to defeat Philadelphia in seven games, after defeating the Flyers, 2–1, in Game 7 on Philadelphia's home-ice with Patrik Elias netting the series-winner at 17:28 of the third period of Game 7. In Game 7, Eric Lindros was hit by Scott Stevens. Lindros did not return and it became his last game as a Flyer.
This was the first and to date only playoff series between these two teams. Dallas made their fourth overall and second consecutive appearance in the Finals, after defeating Buffalo in six games the year before. New Jersey made their second Finals appearance and first since defeating Detroit in four games in 1995.