The Detroit Red Wings honored the 2002 Stanley Cup team Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena when they hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 7, 2017
The Wings’ own Darren McCarty and Jiri Fischer were in attendance to do the ceremonial puck-drop at center ice.
Detroit had a great season going 51-17-10-4 (10 ties) and finishing with 116 points, good enough for the Presidents Trophy. The playoffs didn’t start the way the Wings wanted. They went down 0-2 at home to the Vancouver Canucks in the quarterfinals, but were able to bounce back and win the next four games in the series. The Wings then went on to defeat the St. Louis Blues in the conference semi-finals 4-1.
Detroit played the Colorado Avalanche in another tough conference finals match-up that lasted seven games. We all remember the famous statue of liberty goal when Patrick Roy thought he had the puck but didn’t.
After a hard fought series against the Avalanche, Detroit took on the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. One of the more memorable goals came during game three. Igor Larionov was able to beat goalie Arturs Irbe in triple overtime to take a commanding 2-1 series lead. Detroit won the next two games to win the series 4-1 and hoisted their third Stanley Cup in six years.
That team was a true power-house full of Hall of Fame players such as: Brett Hull, Sergie Federov, Brendan Shanahan, Steve Yzerman, Chris Chelios, Igor Larionov, Luc Robitaille, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Dominik Hasek. 2001-2002 was also Pavel Datsyuk’s rookie season.