The 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs began after the conclusion of the 1992–93 NHL season on April 18, 1993 and ended with the Montreal Canadiens defeating the Los Angeles Kings four games to one to win the Stanley Cup on June 9, 1993.

These playoffs featured an NHL record 28 overtime games, of which the Canadiens set a playoff record for most overtime games won in one year with 10. The Canadiens also won 11 consecutive games during the playoffs (tying an NHL record).

The Presidents' Trophy-winning Pittsburgh Penguins (who had won the Stanley Cup the previous two years) were the favourite to repeat. However, both conferences saw numerous upsets as the third place team in every division reached their respective conference finals.

This was the first time since the 1979 NHL-WHA merger that the Edmonton Oilers had missed the playoffs. It was also the first time that longtime Oilers and then-New York Rangers captain Mark Messier had missed the playoffs in his career.

This was the only year between 1984 and 1994 that the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens did not face each other in the playoffs.

This was the last time that the New York Islanders won a playoff round before 2016.

Playoff SeedsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

Adams DivisionEdit

Patrick DivisionEdit

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

Norris DivisionEdit

Smythe DivisionEdit

Division SemifinalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A4) Buffalo SabresEdit

Although Boston had entered the playoffs with the second best record in the entire NHL and the Sabres had the second lowest point total of any playoff team, Buffalo upset the Bruins by sweeping the heavily favored Boston squad.

The fourth game saw Brad May's game-winning goal in overtime, which has become famous in NHL lore thanks to Rick Jeanneret's "May day!" call.

This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1992 Adams Division Semifinals.

Buffalo won the series 4–0.

(A2) Quebec Nordiques vs. (A3) Montreal CanadiensEdit

This was the fifth and most recent playoff series between these two teams, with the teams splitting the previous four series.

This was the final playoff series between the provincial rivals before the Nordiques moved to Denver in 1995 and became the Colorado Avalanche. This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1987 Adams Division Finals.

The Canadiens lost the first two games of this series against the rival Nordiques, due in part to a couple of weak goals let in by star Montreal goaltender Patrick Roy.

Afterward, a newspaper in Roy's hometown district suggested that he be traded while Nordiques goaltending coach Dan Bouchard also proclaimed that his team had solved Roy. However, Montreal coach Jacques Demers held himself to a promise he had made to Roy earlier in the season and kept him as the starting goalie.

With Montreal staring a potential 3–0 series deficit to Quebec in the face, overtime in game three was marked by two disputed goals that were reviewed by the video goal judge. The first review ruled that Stephan Lebeau had knocked the puck in with a high stick, but the second upheld Montreal's winning goal as it was directed in by the skate of Quebec defenceman Alexei Gusarov and not that of a Montreal player.

Montreal won the series 4–2.

(P1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (P4) New Jersey DevilsEdit

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions were a heavy favorite to be the first team since the 1980-83 New York Islanders to win more than two consecutive Cups.

Entering the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winner, the Penguins faced off against the fourth place team from their division the New Jersey Devils.

By winning the first three games of the series Pittsburgh extended its playoff winning streak to fourteen games; this dated back to game four of the 1992 Patrick Division Final against the New York Rangers and set an NHL playoff record for longest winning streak.

The streak ended in game four when the Devils defeated Pittsburgh by a score of 4–1. The Penguins quickly closed out the Devils in the next game by a score of 5–2 to advance to the second round. This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1991 Patrick Division Semifinals.

Pittsburgh won the series 4–1.

(P2) Washington Capitals vs. (P3) New York IslandersEdit

The Islanders won the series in six games for their first playoff series win since defeating Washington in a seven-game affair in 1987.

Game six of this series was marred by a vicious hit by the Capitals' Dale Hunter on the Islanders' leading scorer Pierre Turgeon, moments after Turgeon had scored a third-period goal to put the game and the series out of reach for Washington.

Turgeon suffered a separated shoulder on the play and missed almost all of the next round. For his actions, Hunter was suspended for the first 21 games of the 1993–94 season. This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1987 Patrick Division Semifinals.

New York won the series 4–2.

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (N4) St. Louis BluesEdit

The Blackhawks became the second division champion after the Bruins to be swept in the first round of the playoffs. Chicago goaltender Ed Belfour complained that St. Louis star Brett Hull had interfered with him on the play, but to no avail as the goal stood as the game and series winner.

Belfour famously went on a rampage after the game breaking a hot tub, coffee maker, and television in the visitors' locker room at the St. Louis Arena. Ironically, he and Hull would later become teammates on the Dallas Stars Stanley Cup winning team in 1999.

This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1992 Norris Division Semifinals.

St. Louis won the series 4–0.

(N2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N3) Toronto Maple LeafsEdit

In a revival of the heated Original Six rivalry, Nikolai Borschevsky's game seven overtime goal gave Toronto the series and made them the sixth club to eliminate a team with a better regular season record in the first round of the playoffs.

This was also Toronto's first playoff series win over Detroit since the Leafs beat the Wings in the 1964 Stanley Cup Finals.

This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1988 Norris Division Semifinals. Until the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, this was the last Clarence Campbell/Western Conference playoff series to be played entirely within the Eastern Time Zone.

Toronto won the series 4–3.

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

Vancouver managed to defeat the Jets in six games and eliminate them in the first round for a second consecutive year.

Game six was not without controversy as Greg Adams scored the first goal for the Canucks, however, video replay showed the goal was clearly scored with a high-stick, the goal was allowed to stand.

Adams went on to score the game winner in overtime and once again the goal was surrounded with controversy as video replay showed Adams crashing into the net and goalie Bob Essensa. This sent the puck into the net with the back of Essensa's skate.

The goal also counted and Jet fans in attendance began to throw debris onto the ice in frustration with the call. This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1992 Smythe Division Semifinals.

Vancouver the won series 4–2.

(S2) Calgary Flames vs. (S3) Los Angeles KingsEdit

The Kings upset the Flames in a high scoring six game series. The winning team scored 9 goals in three of the six games.

Trailing two games to one and having lost two straight, Kings coach Barry Melrose inserted backup goalie Robb Stauber for the struggling Kelly Hrudey who had allowed 17 goals against in three games. Stauber played brilliantly in the Kings 3-1 win in game four as the series was tied at two wins apiece.

The Kings' offense was largely responsible for winning the series scoring 9 goals in both game five and six. This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1990 Smythe Division Semifinals.

Los Angeles won the series 4–2.

Division FinalsEdit

Prince of Wales ConferenceEdit

(A3) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Buffalo SabresEdit

Montreal swept the series winning every game by a score of 4–3.

A pivotal moment came in the second period of game three when Buffalo Sabres star Alexander Mogilny suffered a badly broken leg, ending what had been a tremendous campaign of 76 goals in 77 regular season games followed by 7 goals in 7 playoff games.

As in their previous series Montreal played three overtime games, this time winning all three of them. This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1991 Adams Division Semifinals.

Montreal won the series 4–0.

(P1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (P3) New York IslandersEdit

The Islanders upset the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.

David Volek's overtime goal in game seven was the deciding goal as New York rallied from a 3-2 deficit to defeat the Penguins. Islanders defenceman Darius Kasparaitis played a large role in his team's win neutralizing Pittsburgh stars Mario Lemieux & Jaromir Jagr with big hits.

With their upset of Pittsburgh, the Islanders reached the Wales Conference Finals for the first time since 1984. The Islanders would not win a playoff series again until 2016. This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1982 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

New York won the series 4–3.

Clarence Campbell ConferenceEdit

(N3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (N4) St. Louis BluesEdit

Toronto defeated St. Louis in seven games despite Blues' goaltender Curtis Joseph's best efforts. St. Louis was heavily outshot throughout the series including more than 60 shots in game one alone.

Game seven of the series was the first seventh game to be played at Maple Leaf Gardens since game seven of the 1964 Stanley Cup Finals. This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1990 Norris Division Semifinals.

Toronto won the series 4–3.

(S1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S3) Los Angeles KingsEdit

This was the first Smythe Division Final since 1982 not to have either the Calgary Flames or the Edmonton Oilers.

The Vancouver Canucks (who easily won the regular season Smythe Division title) were strong favourites over the Kings. Vancouver's 5-2 win in game one did nothing to change that. Kings coach Barry Melrose re-inserted Kelly Hrudey as the Kings starting goalie in game two and he responded with a strong effort as the Kings evened the series with a 6-3 win.

After the teams split the two games in Los Angeles, they headed back to Vancouver for the crucial game five.

Kings forward Gary Shuchuk scored on a rebound during a goal mouth scramble late in the second overtime and the Kings skated off the ice in front of a stunned Vancouver home crowd with a 3-2 series lead.

Back in Los Angeles for game six, the Canucks could not recover as the Kings jumped out to a 5-1 lead in game six and won the series despite two late Canuck goals.

This was the only time during this era (1982–1993) that a Canadian team did not advance to the Conference Final representing the Smythe Division. This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1991 Smythe Division Semifinals.

Los Angeles won the series 4–2.

Conference FinalsEdit

Prince of Wales Conference FinalEdit

(A3) Montreal Canadiens vs. (P3) New York IslandersEdit

Montreal's win in game three was their eleventh straight, tying the single-playoff record set a year earlier by Pittsburgh and Chicago.

Montreal added two more overtime victories during the series bringing their total to seven straight for the playoffs. This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1984 Wales Conference Finals.

Montreal won the series 4–1.

Clarence Campbell Conference FinalEdit

(N3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (S3) Los Angeles KingsEdit

This was the first conference final since 1982 that did not have either the Calgary Flames or the Edmonton Oilers representing the Smythe Division, and the only one between 1982 and 1994 not to feature a team from Western Canada.

During game one Los Angeles blue-liner Marty McSorley delivered a serious open-ice hit on Toronto's Doug Gilmour. Leafs captain Wendel Clark took exception to the hit and went after McSorley for striking their star player.

Toronto coach Pat Burns tried scaling the bench to confront Los Angeles coach Barry Melrose. After the game, McSorley claimed in interviews that he received dozens of threats on his hotel phone from angry fans.

Toronto took a 3–2 series lead heading into game six in Los Angeles. With the game tied at four in overtime Wayne Gretzky high-sticked Doug Gilmour in the face, cutting his chin open. High sticking penalties that result in a cut at that time resulted in a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct on the play. However, Gretzky was not penalized by referee Kerry Fraser and went on to score the winning goal moments later evening the series at three games each.

In game seven, Wayne Gretzky scored a hat trick and added an assist to give the Kings another 5-4 win and the first Stanley Cup Finals berth in team history. Gretzky later called game seven of the 1993 Campbell Conference Finals the greatest game he had ever played. This was the first playoff series between the teams since the 1978 Preliminary Round.

Los Angeles won the series 4–3.

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