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The Red Wings won the Presidents Trophy with the NHL's best record and were heavily favored to win the Stanley Cup. The team was loaded with talent.
Steve Yzerman, Sergei Federov, Dino Ciccarelli, Ray Sheppard, Slava Kozlov and Kieth Primeau led the forwards. The defense featured Paul Coffey and Nicklas Lidstrom. Mike Vernon was the goalie, and the coach was legendary Scotty Bowman
The Devils took Game 1 with a 2-1 win. Claude Lemieux scored the game-winner. Game 2 saw the Devils battle back from a 2-1 deficit in the third period. Scott Niedermayer went end to end and scored off his own rebound to tie the game.
Brick, N.J., native Jim Dowd scored the go-ahead goal after Paul Coffey was hurt blocking a shot. The Devils added an empty netter to win 4-2.
The Game 2 loss seemed to kill Detroit. The Devils jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Game 3, winning 5-2. Bowman stated he was embarrassed by the effort.
Detroit gained an early 2-1 lead in Game 4 but ended getting smoked 5-2 again. Shawn Chambers and Neal Broten each had two goals.
The Devils had won the Stanley Cup with an unfathomable sweep of the Red Wings.