2003-04 NHL season

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The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. 30 teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won the best of seven series 4–3 against the Calgary Flames.

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Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk celebrates with the Stanley Cup.
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Regular season

The 2003-04 season was one overhung by concern over the expiry of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. That could lead to a shuttering of the league for the entirety of the next season. During the entire season Commissioner Gary Bettman and Players Association head Bob Goodenow waged a war of words with no agreement being signed.

In August, just before the season was to begin the young Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley crashed his Ferrari in suburban Atlanta, the passenger Thrashers workhorse Dan Snyder was killed. Heatley himself was badly injured and eventually charged with vehicular homicide. The entire NHL thus began the season in mourning.

Going into the season the two favourites were the Ottawa Senators in the east, who had won the Presidents' Trophy and come within a goal of the Stanley Cup finals the year before; and the Colorado Avalanche in the west, who despite losing legendary goaltender Patrick Roy to retirement, added both Teemu Selänne and Paul Kariya to an already star-studded lineup. Neither of these teams was as successful as expected with Ottawa finishing fifth in the conference and Colorado finishing fourth, losing the Northwest Division title for the first time in a decade.

The greatest disappointments were the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who, despite making it to game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals the year before and adding Sergei Fedorov and Vaclav Prospal, failed to make the playoffs. In the East the star-studded New York Rangers again failed to make the playoffs. The Washington Capitals, who were regarded as a contender, also stumbled early and never recovered. The end of the season saw two of the most extensive housecleanings in league history as the Rangers and Capitals traded away most of their stars and entered rebuilding mode. The Capitals traded Jaromir Jagr, Peter Bondra, Sergei Gonchar, Robert Lang, Steve Konowalchuk, and Anson Carter. The Rangers moved Petr Nedved, Brian Leetch, Anson Carter, and Alexei Kovalev.

The most surprising teams were the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference and San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference. The Lightning, who had a remarkable season with only 20 man-games lost to injury, finished atop the Eastern Conference. The Sharks, who were firmly in rebuilding mode after a disastrous campaign the last season, came second in the Western Conference and won the Pacific Division.

Two others teams that did better than expected were carried by surprising young goaltenders. The Calgary Flames ended a seven-year playoff drought backed by the surprising play of Miikka Kiprusoff. The Boston Bruins won the Northeast Division by a whisker with the help of Calder Trophy candidate Andrew Raycroft.

Goaltending was also the story of the Presidents Trophy wining Detroit Red Wings as the return from retirement of legend Dominik Hasek bumped Curtis Joseph to the minor leagues. At the same time long time back up Manny Legace put up better numbers than both veterans and won the starting job in the playoffs.

Of note is the fact that the Nashville Predators made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. They put up a valiant effort but were unable to overcome the hall of fame bound roster of the Detroit Red Wings in the first round.

Final standings

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points

Eastern Conference

Northeast Division
Team W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 41 19 15 7 209 188 104
Toronto Maple Leafs 45 24 10 3 242 204 103
Ottawa Senators 43 23 10 6 262 189 102
Montreal Canadiens 41 30 7 4 208 192 93
Buffalo Sabres 37 34 7 4 220 221 85
Atlantic Division
Team W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 40 21 15 6 229 186 101
New Jersey Devils 43 25 12 2 213 164 100
New York Islanders 38 29 11 4 237 211 91
New York Rangers 27 40 7 8 206 250 69
Pittsburgh Penguins 23 47 8 4 190 303 58
Southeast Division
Team W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Tampa Bay Lightning 46 22 8 6 245 192 106
Atlanta Thrashers 33 37 8 4 214 243 78
Carolina Hurricanes 28 34 14 6 172 209 76
Florida Panthers 28 35 15 4 188 221 76
Washington Capitals 23 46 10 3 186 253 59

Western Conference

Central Division
Team W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Detroit Red Wings 48 21 11 2 255 189 109
St. Louis Blues 39 30 11 2 191 198 91
Nashville Predators 38 29 11 4 216 217 91
Columbus Blue Jackets 25 45 8 4 177 238 62
Chicago Blackhawks 20 42 11 8 188 259 59
Pacific Division
Team W L T OTL GF GA Pts
San Jose Sharks 43 21 12 6 219 183 104
Dallas Stars 41 26 13 2 194 175 97
Los Angeles Kings 28 29 16 9 205 217 81
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 29 35 10 8 184 213 76
Phoenix Coyotes 22 36 18 6 188 245 68
Northwest Division
Team W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Vancouver Canucks 43 24 10 5 235 194 101
Colorado Avalanche 40 22 13 7 236 198 100
Calgary Flames 42 30 7 3 200 176 94
Edmonton Oilers 36 29 12 5 221 208 89
Minnesota Wild 30 29 20 3 188 183 83

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay 82 38 56 94
Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta 81 41 46 87
Joe Sakic Colorado 81 33 54 87
Markus Näslund Vancouver 78 35 49 84
Marian Hossa Ottawa 81 36 46 82
Patrik Elias New Jersey 82 38 43 81
Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa 77 32 48 80
Cory Stillman Tampa Bay 81 25 55 80
Robert Lang Washington/
Detroit
69 30 49 79
Brad Richards Tampa Bay 82 26 53 79
Alex Tanguay Colorado 69 25 54 79
Milan Hejduk Colorado 82 35 40 75
Mats Sundin Toronto 81 31 44 75
Mark Recchi Philadelphia 82 26 49 75
Jaromir Jagr NY Rangers 77 31 43 74
Jarome Iginla Calgary 81 41 32 73
Steve Sullivan Nashville 80 24 49 73
Joe Thornton Boston 77 23 50 73
Keith Tkachuk St. Louis 75 33 38 71
Scott Gomez New Jersey 80 14 56 70
Bill Guerin Dallas 82 34 35 69
Martin Havlat Ottawa 68 31 37 68
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 75 30 38 68
Shane Doan Phoenix 79 27 41 68
Brett Hull Detroit 81 25 43 68

Stanley Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 2004.

The 2004 playoffs were considered to be wide open with no clear favourite. All of the top teams had weaknesses. Tampa Bay and Boston were both young teams with no history of recent postseason success. Detroit, Ottawa, Colorado, and Philadelphia all had major questions in goal. New Jersey was marred by injuries to Scott Stevens and Brian Rafalski, while Vancouver was missing the suspended Todd Bertuzzi.

The first round Eastern Conference matchups were notable for the number of heated rivalries. The Ottawa Senators met their Ontario neighbours Toronto Maple Leafs for the fourth time in five years in the always passion-filled Battle of Ontario. The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens met in a resumption of the most common of all NHL playoff series, and one which the Canadiens have thoroughly dominated, including an upset win two years ago. The Philadelphia Flyers played hated division rival the New Jersey Devils. The only non-rivalry was the Tampa Bay-New York Islanders series.

The West saw the resumption of the Vancouver-Calgary rivalry, which had been somewhat dormant as the Flames had missed the playoffs for 8 years in a row. In a less passionate but still interesting matchup, Detroit played division rival Nashville, who they had struggled against during the regular season in Nashville's first ever franchise visit to the playoffs. San Jose met the St. Louis Blues. The always difficult four-five matchup saw Colorado and Dallas meet.

The Calgary Flames, a sixth seed, defeated three straight division champions, the Canucks, the Red Wings and the Sharks to become the first Canadian team to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in ten years when the Canucks lost to the Rangers in the Finals. They faced the Tampa Bay Lightning, who defeated the Islanders in five, swept the Canadiens and defeated the Flyers in seven games.

The Flames and the Lightning battled hard in the Stanley Cup Finals, eventually pushing the series to seven games. By game 5, the Flames took the 3-2 series lead back to Calgary, but the Lightning battled back to win games 6 and 7 to win the Stanley Cup on their home ice. Brad Richards, with a team-high 25 points in the playoffs was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Conference quarterfinals

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay vs. NY Islanders
Date Away Home
April 8 NY Islanders 0 3 Tampa Bay
April 10 NY Islanders 3 0 Tampa Bay
April 12 Tampa Bay 3 0 NY Islanders
April 14 Tampa Bay 3 0 NY Islanders
April 16 NY Islanders 2 3 Tampa Bay OT
Tampa Bay wins series 4–1
Boston vs. Montreal
Date Away Home
April 7 Montreal 0 3 Boston
April 9 Montreal 1 2 Boston OT
April 11 Boston 2 3 Montreal
April 13 Boston 4 3 Montreal 2OT
April 15 Montreal 5 1 Boston
April 17 Boston 2 5 Montreal
April 19 Montreal 2 0 Boston
Montreal wins series 4–3
Philadelphia vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home
April 8 New Jersey 2 3 Philadelphia
April 10 New Jersey 2 3 Philadelphia
April 12 Philadelphia 2 4 New Jersey
April 14 Philadelphia 3 0 New Jersey
April 17 New Jersey 1 3 Philadelphia
Philadelphia wins series 4–1
Toronto vs. Ottawa
Date Away Home
April 8 Ottawa 4 2 Toronto
April 10 Ottawa 0 2 Toronto
April 12 Toronto 2 0 Ottawa
April 14 Toronto 1 4 Ottawa
April 16 Ottawa 0 2 Toronto
April 18 Toronto 1 2 Ottawa 2OT
April 20 Ottawa 1 4 Toronto
Toronto wins series 4–3

Western Conference

Detroit vs. Nashville
Date Away Home
April 7 Nashville 1 3 Detroit
April 10 Nashville 1 2 Detroit
April 11 Detroit 1 3 Nashville
April 13 Detroit 0 3 Nashville
April 15 Nashville 1 4 Detroit
April 17 Detroit 2 0 Nashville
Detroit wins series 4–2
San Jose vs. St. Louis
Date Away Home
April 8 St. Louis 0 1 San Jose OT
April 10 St. Louis 1 3 San Jose
April 12 San Jose 1 4 St. Louis
April 13 San Jose 4 3 St. Louis
April 15 St. Louis 1 3 San Jose
San Jose wins series 4–1
Vancouver vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
April 7 Calgary 3 5 Vancouver
April 9 Calgary 2 1 Vancouver
April 11 Vancouver 2 1 Calgary
April 13 Vancouver 0 4 Calgary
April 15 Calgary 2 1 Vancouver
April 17 Vancouver 5 4 Calgary 3OT
April 19 Calgary 3 2 Vancouver OT
Calgary wins series 4–3
Colorado vs. Dallas
Date Away Home
April 7 Dallas 1 3 Colorado
April 9 Dallas 2 5 Colorado
April 12 Colorado 3 4 Dallas OT
April 14 Colorado 3 2 Dallas 2OT
April 17 Dallas 1 5 Colorado
Colorado wins series 4–1

Conference semifinals

Eastern Conference
Tampa Bay vs. Montreal
Date Away Home
April 23 Montreal 0 4 Tampa Bay
April 25 Montreal 1 3 Tampa Bay
April 27 Tampa Bay 4 3 Montreal OT
April 29 Tampa Bay 3 1 Montreal
Tampa Bay wins series 4–0
Philadelphia vs. Toronto
Date Away Home
April 22 Toronto 1 3 Philadelphia
April 25 Toronto 1 2 Philadelphia
April 28 Philadelphia 1 4 Toronto
April 30 Philadelphia 1 3 Toronto
May 2 Philadelphia 7 2 Toronto
May 4 Toronto 2 3 Philadelphia OT
Philadelphia wins series 4–2
Western Conference
Detroit vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
April 22 Calgary 2 1 Detroit OT
April 24 Calgary 2 5 Detroit
April 27 Detroit 2 3 Calgary
April 29 Detroit 4 2 Calgary
May 1 Calgary 1 0 Detroit
May 3 Detroit 0 Calgary 1 OT
Calgary wins series 4–2
San Jose vs. Colorado
Date Away Home
April 22 San Jose 5 2 Colorado
April 24 San Jose 4 1 Colorado
April 26 Colorado 0 1 San Jose
April 28 Colorado 1 0 San Jose OT
May 1 San Jose 1 2 Colorado OT
May 4 Colorado 1 3 San Jose
San Jose wins series 4–2

Conference finals

Eastern Conference
Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia
Date Away Home
May 8 Philadelphia 1 3 Tampa Bay
May 10 Philadelphia 6 2 Tampa Bay
May 12 Tampa Bay 4 1 Philadelphia
May 15 Tampa Bay 2 3 Philadelphia
May 18 Philadelphia 2 4 Tampa Bay
May 20 Tampa Bay 4 5 Philadelphia OT
May 22 Philadelphia 1 2 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay wins series 4–3
and Prince of Wales Trophy
Western Conference
San Jose vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
May 9 Calgary 4 3 San Jose OT
May 11 Calgary 4 1 San Jose
May 13 San Jose 3 0 Calgary
May 15 San Jose 4 2 Calgary
May 17 Calgary 3 0 San Jose
May 19 San Jose 1 3 Calgary
Calgary wins series 4–2 and
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

Stanley Cup finals

Tampa Bay vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
May 25 Calgary 4 1 Tampa Bay
May 27 Calgary 1 4 Tampa Bay
May 29 Tampa Bay 0 3 Calgary
May 31 Tampa Bay 1 0 Calgary
June 3 Calgary 3 2 Tampa Bay OT
June 5 Tampa Bay 3 2 Calgary 2OT
June 7 Calgary 1 2 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay wins series
4–3 and Stanley Cup
Brad Richards (Tampa Bay)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy
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Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Brad Richards Tampa Bay 23 12 13 25
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay 23 9 15 24
Jarome Iginla Calgary 26 13 9 22
Fredrik Modin Tampa Bay 23 8 11 19
Craig Conroy Calgary 26 6 11 17
Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay 23 9 7 16
Keith Primeau Philadelphia 18 9 7 16
Martin Gelinas Calgary 26 8 6 14
Vincent Damphousse San Jose 17 7 7 14
Alexei Zhamnov Philadelphia 18 4 10 14
Dave Andreychuk Tampa Bay 23 1 13 14
Ruslan Fedotenko Tampa Bay 22 12 1 13
Jeremy Roenick Philadelphia 18 4 9 13
Patrick Marleau San Jose 17 8 4 12
Joe Sakic Colorado 11 7 5 12
Marcus Nilson Calgary 26 4 7 11
Peter Forsberg Colorado 11 4 7 11
Saku Koivu Montreal 11 3 8 11
Alexei Kovalev Montreal 11 6 4 10
Shean Donovan Calgary 24 5 5 10
Michal Handzus Philadelphia 18 5 5 10
Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose 17 4 6 10
Sami Kapanen Philadelphia 18 3 7 10
Robyn Regehr Calgary 26 2 8 10
Dan Boyle Tampa Bay 23 2 8 10

NHL Awards

The NHL Awards presentation took place in Toronto.

Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Bryan Berard, Chicago Blackhawks
Calder Memorial Trophy: Andrew Raycroft, Boston Bruins
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Kris Draper, Detroit Red Wings
Hart Memorial Trophy: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Jack Adams Award: John Tortorella, Tampa Bay Lightning
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Scott Niedermayer, New Jersey Devils
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning
Lester B. Pearson Award: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Lester Patrick Trophy: Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Ray Miron
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames; and
Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers; and
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning; and
Marek Malik, Vancouver Canucks
Vezina Trophy: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
William M. Jennings Trophy: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

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Preceded by:
2002-03 NHL season
NHL seasons
Succeeded by:
2004-05 NHL season

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