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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 Seeds[]

Prince of Wales Conference[]

Adams Division[]

Patrick Division[]

Clarence Campbell Conference[]

Norris Division[]

Smythe Division[]

Division Semifinals[]

Prince of Wales Conference[]

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Hartford Whalers[]

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 Sabres[]

Boston won the series 4–3.

(P1) New York Rangers vs. (P4) New Jersey Devils[]

New York won the series 4–3.

Clarence Campbell Conference[]

(N1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N4) Minnesota North Stars[]

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 Blues[]

Chicago won the series 4–2

(S1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S4) Winnipeg Jets[]

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

(S2) Los Angeles Kings vs. (S3) Edmonton Oilers[]

Edmonton won the series 4–2.

Division Finals[]

Prince of Wales Conference[]

(A1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A2) Boston Bruins[]

Boston won the series 4–0.

(P1) New York Rangers vs. (P3) Pittsburgh Penguins[]

Pittsburgh won the series 4–2.

Clarence Campbell Conference[]

(N1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N2) Chicago Blackhawks[]

Chicago won the series 4–0.

(S1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S3) Edmonton Oilers[]

Edmonton won the series 4–2.

Conference Finals[]

Prince of Wales Conference Final[]

(P3) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (A2) Boston Bruins[]

Pittsburgh won the series 4–0.

Clarence Campbell Conference Final[]

(N2) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (S3) Edmonton Oilers[]

Chicago won the series 4–0.