After winning their third Presidents' Trophy, the DETROIT RED WINGS were heavily favoured to hoist Lord Stanley in 2002. However early in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the RED WINGS fell behind two games to a very determined and talented Vancouver Canuck team. DETROIT rebounded in game three of the series with solid goaltending from Dominik Hasek and a timely shot by Nicklas Lidstrom from centre ice that eluded Canuck goalie Dan Cloutier that would change the complexion of the series. The Canucks were never the same after that goal and the RED WINGS took the series in six games. They continued their Cup march with defeats over the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche, the latter in a spirited seven game series. In the Cup final, the surprising Carolina Hurricanes shocked the favoured RED WINGS by winning game 1. DETROIT however bounced back and won the next four games to capture their third STANLEY CUP in six years.