They last met in the 2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals where Buffalo won in six games.
The Oilers eliminated Anaheim in five games.
Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff made 33 saves and Darren McCarty scored 9:45 into the first overtime as Calgary won game one.Buffalo Sabres 110 points Philadelphia Flyers 101 points (45 wins) New York Rangers 100 points Montreal Canadiens 93 points Tampa Bay Lightning 92 points Western Conference edit Detroit Red Wings, Central Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners 124 points Dallas Stars.The teams did not meet during the regular season.4 Joffrey Lupul scored four goals including the overtime winner as the Mighty Ducks won.Edmonton Oilers would miss the playoffs each year thereafter until 2017.Edmonton qualified as the eighth seed earning 95 points (losing the tie-breaker with Colorado in total wins) during the regular season.In game three Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour scored the game-winner with 1:01 to play in the second period.The Red Wings scored three power-play goals in game four earning a 42 victory to tie the series.May 30 Carolina Hurricanes 12 OT Buffalo Sabres hsbc Arena Recap No scoring First period 04:56.P.Carolina won series 41 Western Conference Semifinals edit (5) San Jose Sharks.
The Western Conference made history in the first round when all four series were won by the lower-seeded teams (conversely, all four series in the Eastern Conference were won by the higher-seeded teams).
(7) Colorado Avalanche edit The Dallas Stars entered leclerc drive reduction the playoffs as the Pacific Division champions, earning the second seed in the Western Conference with 112 points.
The Sharks eliminated the Predators in five games.The Oilers became the first eighth-seeded team to reach the Finals under this playoff format (which was introduced in 1994).The teams split this year's eight game regular season series.Ottawa won all four games during this year's regular season series.Buffalo forwards Jean-Pierre Dumont and Jason Pominville each recorded hat-tricks in game two as the Sabres scored three power play goals rolling to an 82 victory.Jean-Pierre Dumont ended the game with a goal at 5:05 of the first overtime as the Sabres took the game.New York qualified as the sixth seed earning 100 points during the regular season.
They last met in the 1988 Campbell Conference Finals where Edmonton won in five games.
In game two John Madden scored a hat trick for the Devils as they earned a 41 victory.
This was the first Stanley Cup Finals to be contested by two teams that had both missed the playoffs the previous season.