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1998 Stanley Cup Final
Teams 1 2 3 4 Games
Detroit Red Wings  2 5 2 4 4
Washington Capitals  1 4 1 1 0
Location: Detroit (Joe Louis Arena) (1,2)
Washington (MCI Center) (3,4)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Detroit: Scotty Bowman
Washington: Ron Wilson
Captains: Detroit: Steve Yzerman
Washington: Dale Hunter
Referees: Bill McCreary (1,4)
Don Koharski (2)
Terry Gregson (3)
Dates: June 9–June 16
MVP: Steve Yzerman
Martin Lapointe (2:26, second, G4)
Networks: CBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), Fox (United States, Game 1), ESPN (United States, Games 2–4)
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The 1998 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the Western Conference champion and defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals. It was the 105th year of the Stanley Cup being contested. The Red Wings won the series for the second year in a row, 4–0. It was the Wings' ninth Stanley Cup, and the Capitals' first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final since the franchise's inception in 1974. As of 2008, this is the last season in which a defending Stanley Cup champion has successfully defended and retained the Stanley Cup, the most recent time when the finals concluded with a sweep, and the most recent time that neither the 1st or 2nd seeds in either conference playoffs participates in the finals.


Motivation to win a second straight title

Just six days after sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1997 Final, two of the Detroit Red Wings, Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov were in a limousine wreck and sustained serious brain injuries. Viacheslav Fetisov was also in the limousine, but Fetisov was not injured. The Red Wings subsequenly dedicated their 1997-98 season to the two players. The team wore a patch on their jerseys of the initials of the two members. When the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1998, they wheeled Konstantinov onto the ice and placed the Cup in his lap. They also took him for a victory lap around the ice rink.

Paths to the Final

Detroit defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4–2, the St. Louis Blues 4–2, and the Dallas Stars to advance to the Final.

Washington defeated the Boston Bruins 4–2, the Ottawa Senators 4–1, and the Buffalo Sabres 4–2.

The series


Game one

At home, Detroit took an early lead in the first period and scored two goals within 2 minutes and 14 seconds of each other. The Red Wings were able to hold off a Washington Capitals assault and take the first game of the series with a score of 2-1.

Game two

It looked like the Washington Capitals were going to tie the series with a 4-2 lead in the third period. However, Detroit rallied late in the third period to tie the game and send it into overtime. Kris Draper scored with 4 minutes left in the first overtime to give the Red Wings a 5-4 victory and a 2-0 lead in the series.

Game three

Detroit scored in the first 35 seconds to take an early lead which held up until the third period. The Capitals tied the game midway through the third period but Sergei Fedorov of the Wings scored to give the Wings a three games to none lead in the series.

Game four

In game four, Detroit was dominant throughout to win the game by a score of 4-1 and sweep the series.

Detroit wins series 4–0 and Stanley Cup

Detroit Red Wings 1998 Stanley Cup Champions



  • Mike Ilitch Sr. (Owner/President/Governor), Marian Ilitch (Owner/Secretary-Treasurer)
  • Atanas Ilitch, Christopher Ilitch (Vice Presidents), Denise Ilitch Lites, Ronald Ilitch (Minority Owners)
  • Michael Ititch Jr., Lisa Ilitch Murray, Carole Ilitch Trepeck (Minority Owners)
  • Jim Devellano (Sr. Vice President), Ken Holland (General Manager),
  • Don Waddell (Ass’t General Manager), William Scotty Bowman (Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel)
  • Barry Smith, Dave Lewis (Associate Coaches),
  • Jim Nill (Director of Player Development/Director of Amateur Scouting), Dan Belise, Mark Howe (Pro Scouts)
  • Jim Bedard (Goaltending Consultant), Hakan Andersson (Director of European Scouting)
  • Mark Leach, Joe McDonnell, Bruce Haralson (Scout)
  • John Wharton (Athletic Trainer), Paul Boyer (Equipment Manager), Tim Abbott (Ass’t Equipment Manager)
  • Bob Huddleston (Massage Therapist), Sergei Mnatsakanov*** (Masseur), Wally Crossman (Dressing Room Assistant)
  • Johnny Remejes†, Mike Vella† (Dressing Room Assistants).

† Name not engraved on Stanley Cup, but included on the Stanley Cup team picture.

Stanley Cup engravings

  • Wally Crossman was oldest person engraved on the Stanley Cup at age 87.
  • Detroit wanted to included a record 55 names on the Stanley Cup in 1997–98. Following that request NHL decided to limit the number of names to 52 to make sure all names fit on the Cup. Players who play in Stanley Cup Finals, or play at least 40 regular season games for the winning team, must be included on the Cup each year. Other players who do not officially qualify may also be included if requested by the team. There are no rules for which non-players must be included on the Stanley Cup, only a limit on total number of names going on the cup. No player who officially qualifies may be left off to include more non-players.
  • ***see above for motivation to win a second straight Stanley Cup.

See also


  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. NHL.  
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1–55168–261.  
  • Wilborn, Michael (1998). "Red Wings Fans jam Downtown". Washington Post.  
Preceded by
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Dallas Stars


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