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Wings Parade After Winning Cup
Carlos Osorio/Associated Press
Red Wings' Fans Jam Downtown
About 1.2 million fans jammed downtown Detroit Thursday to honor goaltender Chris Osgood (pictured) and the Red Wings, who swept the Capitals and won the Stanley Cup championship for a second consecutive year.



Wings Sweep Away Caps With 4-1 Win
Yzerman drinks from the Cup
Gary Hershorn/Reuters
A sellout crowd at MCI Center watched the Detroit Red Wings claim their second consecutive Stanley Cup with a 4-1 victory over the Capitals on June 16. Detroit captain Steve Yzerman (drinking from the Cup) captured the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Injured Wings Sparked Detroit to Cup
  • No Shame in Shutout, Washington Fans Say

    Bowman's Legend Grows With Time
    Scotty
    Reuters Photo
    There has been one constant through the coaching career of Detroit Red Wings Coach Scotty Bowman (pictured, right). He always finds a way to make his teams play hard, which is a big reason behind he owns seven Stanley Cup rings as a coach. Even the stories involving Bowman often take on a mythical nature.

    Defenseman Lidstrom Mulls Return to Sweden


    FROM THE DETROIT NEWS
    Red Wings Provide Splendid Ending to a Sad Story
    What's New With The Red Wings?
    Get the latest on the Red Wings from the Detroit News. You can jump into the Red Wings fan forum or take a online quiz on the Red Wings and Capitals.
    Detroit NewsDetroit fans now have a long summer to enjoy their second Stanley Cup in as many years. As talk of a dynasty begins to gather steam, the challenge for the Detroit management will be to keep the team together in the offseason. Follow the moves of the Red Wings by checking in with
    The Detroit News.


    The Octopus Is a Detroit Mainstay
    Merchant's selling Octupus shaped bread in the Detroit area
    AP Photo
    Many cities have objects that help determine a city's identity. The Statue of Liberty, the Sears Tower, the Liberty Bell are just a few. But in Detroit, it's an eight-tentacled creature that has all the town talking about the Red Wings.
  • Motor City Is Going Cup Crazy
  • Kocur Still Has Some Fight Left


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    Carlos Osorio/AP
    Detroit Will Settle Only for Cup
    When the Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars to clinch their third trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in four years, there was little celebration. Captain Steve Yzerman skated two-thirds of the rink to accept the award that goes to the Western Conference champion and quickly skated off. The only thought was to beat the Capitals and hold onto the Stanley Cup.

  • Osgood Prepares to Defend Detroit's Title

    It's Old vs. New This Year in Stanley Cup Finals
    Jennifer Frey
    While the Capitals are in their first Stanley Cup finals, Detroit has won the Stanley Cup eight times. Washington's franchise is 24 years old, while Detroit is an "original six" NHL team that plays in "Hockeytown U.S.A." For Detroit, nothing except winning the Cup will do.


    Nikolishin Checks Gilchrist
    Tom Pidgeon/AP
    HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCHUPS
    Kolzig Can't Save Capitals, 2-0
    Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig stopped 37 Detroit shots on Jan. 11, but the Red Wings still managed a 2-0 victory at Joe Louis Arena. Igor Larionov batted a rebound out of the air and past Kolzig for the game-winner early in the third period. At right, the Capitals' Andrei Nikolishin checks the Red Wings' Brent Gilchrist.

    Wings Break Out in Third Period, Beat Caps, 4-2
    The Washington Capitals took a lead into the third period against Detroit on Feb. 1, but the Red Wings scored three quirky goals in four minutes 43 seconds in the third to beat the Capitals at MCI Center, 4-2.

    Detroit Uses Depth to Overcome Obstacles


    HOW THEY GOT TO THE FINALS
    Detroit Beats Dallas, 2-0, Returns to Cup Finals
    Murphy Scores
    Reuters Photo
    Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood shut out Dallas, 2-0, in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals to eliminate the Stars and move on to the Stanley Cup finals for the second straight year. Larry Murphy (pictured, right) scored the game-winning goal for the Red Wings.

    Western Conference Finals Recap
    Detroit Red Wings vs. Dallas Stars
    Game 1
    May 24
    Detroit 2,
    Dallas 0

    at Dallas
    Game 2
    May 26
    Dallas 3,
    Detroit 1

    at Dallas
    Game 3
    May 29
    Detroit 5,
    Dallas 3

    at Detroit
    Game 4
    May 31
    Detroit 3,
    Dallas 2

    at Detroit
    Game 5
    June 3
    Dallas 3,
    Detroit 2

    at Dallas
    Game 6
    June 5
    Detroit 2,
    Dallas 0

    at Detroit

    Eastern Conference Semifinals Recap
    Detroit Red Wings vs. St. Louis Blues
    Game 1
    May 8
    St. Louis 4,
    Detroit 2

    at Detroit
    Game 2
    May 10
    Detroit 6,
    St. Louis 1

    at Detroit
    Game 3
    May 12
    Detroit 3,
    St. Louis 2

    at St. Louis
    Game 4
    May 14
    Detroit 5,
    St. Louis 2

    at St. Louis
    Game 5
    May 17
    St. Louis 3,
    Detroit 1

    at Detroit
    Game 6
    Sunday
    Detroit 6,
    St. Louis 1

    at St. Louis

    First-Round Recap
    Detroit Red Wings vs. Phoenix Coyotes
    Game 1
    April 22
    Detroit 6,
    Phoenix 3

    at Detroit
    Game 2
    April 24
    Phoenix 7,
    Detroit 4

    at Detroit
    Game 3
    April 26
    Phoenix 3, Detroit 2
    at Phoenix
    Game 4
    April 28
    Detroit 4,
    Phoenix 2

    at Phoenix
    Game 5
    April 30
    Detroit 3,
    Phoenix 1

    at Detroit
    Game 6
    May 3
    Detroit 5,
    Phoenix 2

    at Phoenix


    FLASHBACK: 1997 STANLEY CUP FINALS
    Vernon Makes the Save
    File Photo
    Detroit Captures Lord Stanley; Vernon Wins Conn Smythe
    The Stanley Cup returned to Detroit on June 7, 1997, as the Red Wings ended a 42-year championship drought by beating the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals, 2-1. Detroit goalie Mike Vernon (pictured) was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP. Get all the information in our
    '97 playoff review.


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