Flashback Friday: Detroit Red Wings Win Ninth Stanley Cup

On June 19, 1998, the Detroit Red Wings completed a sweep of the Washington Capitals to win their ninth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

For the second consecutive year, the Red Wings claimed the Stanley Cup. After defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1997 Finals, they swept the Capitals.

It was a season dedicated to Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Mnastsakanov who had been seriously injured in a car accident that occurred just days after the Red Wings won the 1997 Cup.

The Red Wings had gotten through the Western Conference portion of the playoffs with relative ease, as all three series leading up to the Stanley Cup Finals ended in six games.

In the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Capitals didn’t make it easy for the Wings at Joe Louis Arena. In Game 1, the home side scored two goals in the first period and was able to hang on for a 2-1 win. Game 2 went to overtime, Kris Draper netted the winner for the Red Wings.

The final two games in Washington D.C. went to the Red Wings as well. Sergei Fedorov scored a late winner with less than five minutes remaining in Game 3. Game 4 was a breeze with a 4-1 win allowing the Red Wings to clinch the Stanley Cup.

One of the most emotional moments in franchise history occurred during the Cup presentation as the Red Wings took Konstantinov on the ice to celebrate.

Red Wings captain, Steve Yzerman, took home the MVP award. Head coach, Scotty Bowman, recorded his eighth Stanley Cup.

 

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