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2004 Stanley Cup Final
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Games
Tampa Bay Lightning  1 4 0 1 2 3 2 4
Calgary Flames  4 1 3 0 3 2 1 3
Location: Tampa Bay (St. Pete Times Forum) (1,2,5,7)
Calgary (Pengrowth Saddledome) (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Tampa Bay: John Tortorella
Calgary: Darryl Sutter
Captains: Tampa Bay: Dave Andreychuk
Calgary: Jarome Iginla
Referees: Bill McCreary (1,3,5,6,7)
Stephen Walkom (1,3,5,6)
Kerry Fraser (2,4,7)
Brad Watson (2,4)
Dates: May 25-June 7, 2004
MVP: Brad Richards
Ruslan Fedotenko (14:38, second, G7)
Announcers: (CBC) Bob Cole, Harry Neale (ESPN/ABC) Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, John Davidson
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The 2004 Stanley Cup Final was a best-of-seven playoff series that determined the National Hockey League (NHL) champion for the 2003–04 season. As a culmination of the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Western Conference champion Calgary Flames in seven games and were awarded the Stanley Cup. It was Tampa's first-ever appearance in the final. For Calgary, it was the team's third appearance, and first since their championship season of 1989.


Paths to the final

Tampa Bay defeated the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens in the first two rounds and defeated Philadelphia Flyers in the Conference final to advance to the final. Calgary had beaten the Western Conference's top three seeded teams, the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, and the San Jose Sharks, in that order.

The Flames were the first Canadian team to make it to the Finals since the Canucks lost to the New York Rangers in 1994, which like this final, went the full seven games.

The series


Game 1

The first game, at St. Pete Times Forum, saw the Flames win the game, 4–1. Calgary only got 19 shots off against the Lightning defense, but more than one-fifth found the net. Martin Gelinas got Calgary on the board early, and they extended the lead to 3–0 in the second period on goals by Jarome Iginla, his 11th of the postseason, and Stephane Yelle. Chris Simon added the fourth and final Calgary goal after Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis scored the lone Lightning goal.

Game 2

Game two saw the same final score, but this time, it was Tampa Bay winning a clutch game to tie the series, 1–1, headed to Calgary. Ruslan Fedotenko's 10th goal of the postseason got the Lightning on the board first, and Tampa Bay used three third-period goals, coming from Brad Richards, Dan Boyle, and St. Louis, respectively, to blast the game open. The lone Calgary goal was scored by Ville Nieminen.

Game 3

The series shifted to the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, where Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary defense completely stonewalled the Tampa Bay attack, which only took 21 shots in a 3–0 Flames victory. Simon scored the first Calgary goal in the second period, and Shean Donovan and Iginla added goals to ice the game.

This was the first Stanley Cup Finals game in Canada since Game 6 of the 1994 Finals, when the Vancouver Canucks won at home against the New York Rangers.

Game 4

With a chance to take a commanding 3–1 series lead, Calgary was shut out by Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who recorded his fifth shutout of the postseason, a 29-save shutout, in a 1–0 Tampa Bay victory, with the game's lone goal being scored by Brad Richards three minutes into the game on a two-man advantage.

With 4:13 left in the game, Ville Nieminen checked Vincent Lecavalier into the boards from behind, drawing a five-minute major penalty for boarding, a game misconduct penalty, and an eventual Game 5 suspension.[1] Meanwhile, fans at the Pengrowth Saddledome angrily booed referees Kerry Fraser and Brad Watson throughout most of the contest. They were originally also scheduled to work Game 6 in Calgary but the league eventually decided to replace them.[2][3]

Game 5

The series returned to Tampa Bay tied, 2–2, for a critical game five, and Calgary pulled off a 3–2 overtime victory to move within one win from the Stanley Cup. After Gelinas and St. Louis traded goals in the first period, Iginla scored for Calgary late in the second period. However, Fredrik Modin tied the game for the Lightning 37 seconds into the third period. The 2–2 score held until after 14:40 had gone by in overtime, when Oleg Saprykin's first goal since the first round won the game for the Flames.

Game 6

Back to Calgary for game six, each team scored two second-period goals, with Richards scoring two for the Lightning and Chris Clark and Marcus Nilson for the Flames. In the third period, there was a dispute over a Martin Gelinas shot that appeared to have gone in. A review from one unorthodox camera angle showed the puck would appear to have crossed the goal line before Khabibulin's pad dragged it out, though another camera did show the puck had been knocked several inches above the goal line in front of Khabibulin's pad. Although it never was reviewed, it was officially inconclusive. The game entered overtime with the Flames needing only a single goal to win the Stanley Cup. Thirty-three seconds into the second overtime, St. Louis put in the game-winner for the Lightning to force a winner-take-all game seven in Tampa Bay.

Game 7

In a tense game seven, Fedotenko scored goals for Tampa Bay late in the first period and late in the second period for a 2–0 lead. After Conroy scored to narrow the deficit to 2–1, Calgary barraged Khabibulin after taking only seven shots in the first two periods. After the Conroy goal, Khabibulin stopped 16 Calgary shots. The series ended as Flames center Marcus Nilson missed a last-second opportunity to force overtime. Tampa Bay won the game, 2–1, and the Stanley Cup.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are currently the southern-most hockey team to ever win the Stanley Cup in history. This was the final game played for almost a year and a half, due to the lockout.

Lightning win series 4–3

Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 Stanley Cup champions



  • William Davidson (owner), Thomas Wilson (governor), Ronald Campbell (president), Jay Feaster (vice president/general manager)
  • John Tortorella (head coach), Craig Ramsay (associate coach), Jeff Reese (ass’t coach)
  • Nigel Kirwan (video coach), Eric Lawson (strength-conditioning coach), Thomas Mulligan (medical trainer)
  • Adam Rambo (asst medical trainer), Ray Thill (equipment manager), Dana Heinze, Jim Pickard (ass’t equipment managers)
  • Mike Griebel (massage therapist), Bill Barber (director of player personnel), Jake Goertzen (head scout)
  • Phil Thibodeau (director of team services), Ryan Belac (ass’t general manager), Rick Paterson (chief pro scout)
  • Kari Kettunen, Glen Zanharia, Steve Barker (scouts)
  • Dave Heitz, Yuro Yankchenkov (scouts), Bill Wickett, Sean Herny (vice presidents).

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Darren Rumble† played only 5 regular season games, and did not play in the playoffs. Rumble was a healthy reserve the rest of the season. Stanislav Neckar† played 2 playoff games. Neckar was on Nashville Predators injury reserve list majority of the season, before joining Tampa Bay in a trade on March 9, 2004. Tampa Bay was given permission to include both players on the Stanley Cup even though they did not qualify.


In the United States, this was the last Stanley Cup Final to air on the ABC/ESPN family of networks, as the 2004-05 NHL lockout suspended play for the next season. NBC and Versus (formerly OLN) would pick up the NHL for the 2005-06 season.

In Canada, the CBC's broadcast of Game 7 of the Finals drew 4.862 million viewers,[4] making it the second-highest rated NHL game on the CBC, behind Game 7 of the 1994 Final, which drew 4.957 million viewers.[4] However, those numbers include both pre-game and post-game coverage. The game itself drew 5.560 million viewers, up from 5.404 in 1994.[4]

See also



Preceded by
New Jersey Devils
Tampa Bay Lightning
2004 Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Carolina Hurricanes


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