|BACK IN TIME
|SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
Terrorists, organized by Osama bin Laden, highjacked commercial planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center in NYC and the Pentagon in D.C.
|JANUARY 1, 2002
Detroit's youngest mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick at age 31, took office and was officially sworn in on Friday, January 4 at the historic Fox Theatre.
|JANUARY 22, 2002
K Mart Corporation, with roots dating back to 1897, filed for Chapter 11 protection, making it the largest such filing by a retailer in U.S. history.
|WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL STANDINGS
||RED WINGS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
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2001-02 Season in Review
As befitting a team of great legends, milestone performances abounded. Reigning Norris Trophy holder Nicklas Lidstrom garnered two assists Oct. 12 in a 4-2 win over Buffalo to surpass Reed Larson (570 points) as Detroit's all-time top-scoring defenseman. Brendan Shanahan beat Colorado's Patrick Roy March 23 to record his 500th NHL goal. He also garnered his 1,000th NHL point. Scotty Bowman coached his NHL-record 1,200th game and joined Jack Adams as the only men to post 400 wins as Wings coach. When Steve Yzerman set up Mathieu Dandenault's overtime winner Jan. 20 against Ottawa, it gave the Detroit captain 1,000 NHL assists. Robitaille joined Yzerman and Hull in the NHL's exclusive 600-goal club Nov. 9 at Anaheim, but didn't' stop there. Jan. 18 against Washington, Robitaille scored his 612th career goal, to surpass Brett's dad Bobby Hull as the all-time leading goal scorer among left wingers in NHL history. Lidstrom won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, but for all the history they made, only one bauble interested this group - Lord Stanley's mug. The Cup would make a comeback to Detroit, but not without first providing a couple of frightening moments. The Wings dropped their first two games of their first-round series on home ice against Vancouver, then rallied to win the set in six. St. Louis fell easily in five games in the second round, leaving Colorado the last team in the way of a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.
When the Avalanche grabbed a 3-2 series lead, things looked grim. But Hasek delivered back-to-back shutouts, the second coming in a memorable 7-0 Game 7 rout in which the Wings chased long-time nemesis Roy to the bench. The upstart Carolina Hurricanes upset the applecart with a Game 1 OT win at the JLA, but the Wings prevailed in a five-game final series. This golden team had provided Hockeytown another silver lining.
|19||STEVE YZERMAN "C"||24||Chris Chelios|
|11||Matheiu Dandenault||28||Steve Duchesne|
|13||Pavel Datsyuk||2||Jiri Fischer|
|21||Boyd Devereaux||5||Nicklas Lidstrom|
|33||Kris Draper||27||Fredrik Olausson|
|91||Sergei Federov||71||Jiri Slegr|
|17||Brett Hull||39||Dominik Hasek|
|8||Igor Larionov||34||Manny Legace|
|25||Darren McCarty|| SCOTTY BOWMAN (Head Coach)
DAVE LEWIS (Associate Coach)
BARRY SMITH (Associate Coach)
Jim Bedard (Goaltending Consultant)
|WINGS ROAD TO THE CUP
|4/27||DET||6||-||4||VAN||det won series 4-1||5/29||DET||2||-||0||COL||det won series 4-1|
|det won series 4-2||5/31||COL||0||-||7||DET|
|*GAME WON IN OVERTIME **TRIPLE OVERTIME||det won series 4-3|
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FEATURED ARTICLE: WINGS' CUP TRIUMPH A PERFECT 10
Nicklas Lidstrom won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, but any number of players could have taken the honor. There was captain Steve Yzerman, gamely playing on a knee in dire need of surgical repair; Dominik Hasek, posting a Stanley Cup-record six shutouts; Brett Hull, firing a team-leading 10 goals; Sergei Fedorov, who made the puck his own personal play-thing; and Igor Larionov, 41, who became the oldest player to score in a Cup final game, netting the winner in triple overtime in Game 3 against Carolina. That so many contributed was the perfect finish for a club which was a team in every sense of the word.
FEATURED ARTICLE: SCOTTY CALLS IT A DAY
"I just coached my last game," Bowman told Wings GM Ken Holland moments after the Cup was acquired.
"I made up my mind in Februrary," Bowman, 68, said later. "I know it's time now."
Bowman finished his career with an NHL-record 1,244 regular season wins. His playoff (227) and Cup final (36) wins totals are also league marks. The Cup triumph, Bowman's third with Detroit, was his record ninth as a coach, shattering the mark he shared with his mentor, long-time Montreal coach Toe Blake, who imparted his hockey wisdom upon a young Bowman when the latter coached Montreal's junior squad in the early 1960s. Blake retired in 1968 after winning his eighth Cup at the expense of the St. Louis Blues and their rookie coach Bowman.
FEATURED ARTICLE: ASSEMBLY LINE
Three future Hall of Famers joined the fold when goalie Dominik Hasek was added from Buffalo and right-winger Brett Hull and left-winger Luc Robitaille were signed as free agents. Defenseman Fredrik Olausson was another free-agent additions, as were center Sean Avery and right-winger Ladislav Kohn. Yuri Butsayev and a 2002 third-round draft pick were dealt to Atlanta for defenseman Jiri Slegr. Center Pavel Datsyuk was supplied by the NHL entry draft. Goalie Chris Osgood was lost to the New York Islanders in the NHL waiver draft, right-winger Martin Lapointe was signed as a free agent by Boston and center/winger Brent Gilchrist was lost on waivers to Dallas.
FEATURED ARTICLE: 2001-02 FINAL
After the slow start in their showdown against the Canucks, Detroit proceeded to win the series in six games. They then defeated the St. Louis Blues in five games before eliminating the Colorado Avalanche in a seven game Conference Final.
Those series wins set up a Stanley Cup Final against the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes stunned the Red Wings in game one of the finals on the strength of Ron Francis’ overtime goal. That would be Carolina’s only win in the series as the Red Wings won four straight including a triple overtime win in game three that proved to be the turning point in the series. The Cup win would be the first for many veterans on the team including goaltender Dominik Hasek, forward Luc Robitaille, as well as defensemen Steve Duchesne and Fredrik Olausson. It also marked the second Cup win for Chris Chelios, 16 years after he first won the Cup as a member of the Montreal Canadiens in 1986.
|STANLEY CUP||DETROIT RED WINGS||PLUS-MINUS TROPHY||CHRIS CHELIOS
|PRESIDENTS' TROPHY||DETROIT RED WINGS||FIRST TEAM ALL-STAR||CHRIS CHELIOS
|CLARENCE S CAMPBELL BOWL||DETROIT RED WINGS||FIRST TEAM ALL-STAR||NICKLAS LIDSTROM|
|CONN SYMTHE TROPHY||NICKLAS LIDSTROM
||SECOND TEAM ALL-STAR||BRENDAN SHANAHAN
|JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY||NICKLAS LIDSTROM|