2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Conference Quarter-finals - Western Conference - (2) Detroit Red Wings Vs. (7) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim

(2) Detroit Red Wings Vs. (7) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim

In what is likely one of the largest upsets when facing any California team. The seventh-seed Mighty Ducks took a first-round series from number two Detroit, and the Mighty Ducks Swept the Red Wings in 4 games to get revenge from 1997 and 1999 where the Mighty Ducks were swept by the Red Wings. In game 1 of the series, when the game went to overtime, The sellout crowd at Joe Louis Arena thought the Wings had won the game thanks to a Luc Robitaille shot at 9:21. Some of the Detroit players had even left for the dressing room. However, after going to the video review, it was concluded that Robitaille's shot ricocheted off the crossbar and the post, and the players were brought back to resume the game. Later, at 3:18 into the third overtime period, Paul Kariya scored the goal that would clinch a 2-1 win for Anaheim and a one game lead in the series. Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere faced 64 shots in game one. In Game two, Anaheim came back from a 2-1 Deficit by scoring 2 goals in the 3rd period.

Game three, at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, The Mighty Ducks won 2–1. And pushed the Red Wings on the brink. And to prevent from the Red Wings repeating the Stanley cup. In game 4, the Mighty Ducks would sweep of the Red Wings, who had missed the top seed in the West by one point, with another one-goal game in game four, a 3–2 overtime victory with Steve Rucchin delivering the knockout goal 6:53 into overtime. The Red Wings became only the second defending Stanley Cup champions to be swept the following year in a four-game opening series, the other team being the 1952 Toronto Maple Leafs, who were swept by those same Red Wings.


April 10 Detroit Red Wings 1-2 3OT Anaheim Mighty Ducks Joe Louis Arena Recap
(Holmstrom, Larionov) Shanahan 1 - pp – 4:15 First period 15:33 – Oates 1 (Leclerc, Sauer)
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring Third overtime period 3:18 – Kariya 1 (Havelid, Rucchin)
Curtis Joseph 42 saves / 44 shots Goalie stats Jean-Sébastien Giguère 63 saves / 64 shots
April 12 Detroit Red Wings 2-3 Anaheim Mighty Ducks Joe Louis Arena Recap
No scoring First period 7:17 – Chistov 1 (Pahlsson, Thomas)
(Shanahan, Fedorov) Woolley 1 – 2:14
(Yzerman, Lidstrom) Robitaille 1 – 6:39
Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 13:34 – Krog 1 (Niedermayer, Ozolinsh)
15:46 – Thomas 1 (Niedermayer)
Curtis Joseph 20 saves / 23 shots Goalie stats Jean-Sébastien Giguère 34 saves / 36 shots
April 14 Anaheim Mighty Ducks 2-1 Detroit Red Wings Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap
No scoring First period No scoring
(Chistov) Pahlsson 1 – 2:31 Second period No scoring
Chistov 2 – 1:44 Third period 13:44 - pp – Holmstrom 1 (Lidstrom, Fedorov)
Jean-Sébastien Giguère 36 saves / 37 shots Goalie stats Curtis Joseph 24 saves / 26 shots
April 16 Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-2 OT Detroit Red Wings Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Recap
(Oates, Sykora) Kariya 2 – 15:08 First period 13:23 – Zetterberg 1 (Hull)
No scoring Second period No scoring
(Carney) Krog 2 – 4:35 Third period 17:45 – Fedorov 1
(Carney, Niedermayer) Rucchin 1 – 6:53 First overtime period No scoring
Jean-Sébastien Giguère 32 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Curtis Joseph 24 saves / 27 shots
Anaheim won series 4–0


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