The 1992 Stanley Cup Playoffs began on April 18, 1992 (after the conclusion of the 1991-92 NHL season. It was the 100th anniversary of the first awarding of the Stanley Cup, and it was won by the Pittsburgh Penguins, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 1992 playoffs saw history being made (as for the first time ever), all four division winners were eliminated in the same round.

In the division finals, the Norris Division champion Detroit Red Wings were swept by the Chicago Blackhawks in four straight games and the Montreal Canadiens (who had won the Adams Division) suffered the same fate at the hands of the Boston Bruins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the Patrick Division titlists, the New York Rangers in six games, while the Vancouver Canucks (the Smythe Division toppers) fell to the Edmonton Oilers, also in six games.

A record 54 games were played in the first round (with six of the eight series going the full seven games). The only two series that didn't were the Oilers six game win over the Kings, and the Blackhawks six game win over the Blues.

This was the last year that the Hartford Whalers and the Minnesota North Stars qualified for the playoffs. The franchises would not reach the postseason again until 1999 and 1994 respectively. By the time each franchise reached the playoffs again, they were known as the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars.

Video replay was used to decide a playoff game for the first time in game 6 of the Detroit-Minnesota division semifinal.

Sergei Fedorov of the Red Wings appeared to hit the crossbar behind Minnesota goalie Jon Casey during the first overtime, but after the Stars iced the puck immediately afterward, referee Rob Shick called for a video review which determined that the puck had entered the goal just below the crossbar and caromed off the frame at the back of the net. Fedorov was awarded the goal, giving the Red Wings a series-tying victory.

Playoff SeedsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams DivisionEdit

Patrick DivisionEdit

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

Norris DivisionEdit

Smythe DivisionEdit

Division SemifinalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Hartford WhalersEdit

This was the final time that the Hartford Whalers qualified for the playoffs, the next time that the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise would make the playoffs was in 1999 when they were known as the Carolina Hurricanes.

Montreal the won series 4–3.

(A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Buffalo SabresEdit

Boston won the series 4–3.

(P1) New York Rangers vs. (P4) New Jersey DevilsEdit

New York won the series 4–3.

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N4) Minnesota North StarsEdit

This was the final playoff series played by the Minnesota North Stars. The next time that the Stars franchise made the playoffs was in 1994 when they were known as the Dallas Stars.

Detroit won the series 4–3.

(N2) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (N3) St. Louis BluesEdit

Chicago won the series 4–2

(S1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S4) Winnipeg JetsEdit

This was the first playoff series between these two teams. Vancouver won the series 4–3.

(S2) Los Angeles Kings vs. (S3) Edmonton OilersEdit

Edmonton won the series 4–2.

Division FinalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A2) Boston BruinsEdit

Boston won the series 4–0.

(P1) New York Rangers vs. (P3) Pittsburgh PenguinsEdit

Pittsburgh won the series 4–2.

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N2) Chicago BlackhawksEdit

Chicago won the series 4–0.

(S1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S3) Edmonton OilersEdit

Edmonton won the series 4–2.

Conference FinalsEdit

Prince of Wales Conference FinalEdit

(P3) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (A2) Boston BruinsEdit

Pittsburgh won the series 4–0.

Clarence Campbell Conference FinalEdit

(N2) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (S3) Edmonton OilersEdit

Chicago won the series 4–0.

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