|Dates||April 18–June 9, 1993|
|Runner-up||Los Angeles Kings|
The 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs the championship of the National Hockey League (NHL) began after the conclusion of the 1992–93 NHL season on April 18 and ended with the Montreal Canadiens defeating the Los Angeles Kings four games to one to win the Stanley Cup on June 9. 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. This was also the most recent time that a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup.
This marked the final season of the NHL's then-playoff format which saw the top four teams in each division qualify for the playoffs automatically. Under the rules in place, the following teams qualified for the playoffs:
Prince of Wales Conference
- Boston Bruins, Adams Division champions – 109 points
- Quebec Nordiques – 104 points
- Montreal Canadiens – 102 points
- Buffalo Sabres – 86 points
- Pittsburgh Penguins, Patrick Division champions, Prince of Wales Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 119 points
- Washington Capitals – 93 points
- New York Islanders – 87 points (40 wins, 10 points head-to-head vs. New Jersey)
- New Jersey Devils – 87 points (40 wins, 4 points head-to-head vs. NY Islanders)
Clarence Campbell Conference
- Chicago Blackhawks, Norris Division champions, Clarence Campbell Conference regular season champions – 106 points
- Detroit Red Wings – 103 points
- Toronto Maple Leafs – 99 points
- St. Louis Blues – 85 points
- Vancouver Canucks, Smythe Division champions – 101 points
- Calgary Flames – 97 points
- Los Angeles Kings – 88 points
- Winnipeg Jets – 87 points
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
|Prince of Wales Conference|
|Clarence Campbell Conference|
Prince of Wales Conference
(A1) Boston Bruins vs. (A4) Buffalo Sabres
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.
|April 18||Buffalo Sabres||5–4||OT||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden||Recap|
|Dave Hannan (1) – 02:32
Pat LaFontaine (1) – 09:26
|First period||No scoring|
|Alexander Mogilny (1) – 19:55||Second period||07:20 – pp – Joe Juneau (1)
14:42 – Cam Neely (1)
|Alexander Mogilny (2) – 03:46||Third period||17:00 – Steve Heinze (1)|
|Bob Sweeney (1) – 11:03||First overtime period||No scoring|
|Grant Fuhr 28 saves / 32 shots||Goalie stats||Andy Moog 24 saves / 29 shots|
|April 20||Buffalo Sabres||4–0||Boston Bruins||Boston Garden||Recap|
|Wayne Presley (1) – sh – 04:27
Randy Wood (1) – pp – 08:07
|First period||No scoring|
|Alexander Mogilny (3) – 05:03||Second period||No scoring|
|Dale Hawerchuk (1) – pp – 14:48||Third period||No scoring|
|Grant Fuhr 34 saves / 34 shots||Goalie stats||Andy Moog 7 saves / 10 shots
John Blue 14 saves / 15 shots
|April 22||Boston Bruins||3–4||OT||Buffalo Sabres||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium||Recap|
|Ray Bourque (1) – pp – 17:33||First period||01:33 – pp – Alexander Mogilny (4)
04:42 – Yuri Khmylev (1)
|No scoring||Second period||No scoring|
|Bryan Smolinski (1) – 13:28
Cam Neely (3) – 15:57
|Third period||14:56 – Bob Sweeney (2)|
|No scoring||First overtime period||01:05 – pp – Yuri Kmylev (2)|
|John Blue 30 saves / 34 shots||Goalie stats||Grant Fuhr 31 saves / 34 shots|
|April 24||Boston Bruins||5–6||OT||Buffalo Sabres||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium||Recap|
|Cam Neely (4) – 02:29
Joe Juneau (2) – pp – 14:15
Peter Douris (1) – 14:50
Stephen Leach (1) – 19:48
|First period||10:29 – pp – Alexander Mogilny (5)
15:46 – Dale Hawerchuk (2)
|Dave Poulin (1) – sh – 02:13||Second period||03:58 – Donald Audette (1)|
|No scoring||Third period||10:43 – Alexander Mogilny (6)
11:36 – Yuri Khmylev (3)
|No scoring||First overtime period||04:48 – Brad May (1)|
|Andy Moog 22 saves / 28 shots||Goalie stats||Grant Fuhr 8 saves / 12 shots
Dominik Hasek 23 saves / 24 shots
|Buffalo wins 4–0|
(A2) Quebec Nordiques vs. (A3) Montreal Canadiens
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.
|April 18||Montreal Canadiens||2–3||OT||Quebec Nordiques||Quebec Coliseum|
|April 20||Montreal Canadiens||1–4||Quebec Nordiques||Quebec Coliseum|
|April 22||Quebec Nordiques||1–2||OT||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|April 24||Quebec Nordiques||2–3||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|April 26||Montreal Canadiens||5–4||OT||Quebec Nordiques||Quebec Coliseum|
|April 28||Quebec Nordiques||2–6||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|Montreal won series 4–2|
(P1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (P4) New Jersey Devils
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.
|April 18||New Jersey Devils||3–6||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena|
|April 20||New Jersey Devils||0–7||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena|
|April 22||Pittsburgh Penguins||4–3||New Jersey Devils||Brendan Byrne Arena|
|April 25||Pittsburgh Penguins||1–4||New Jersey Devils||Brendan Byrne Arena|
|April 26||New Jersey Devils||3–5||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena|
|Pittsburgh won series 4–1|
(P2) Washington Capitals vs. (P3) New York Islanders
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.
|April 18||New York Islanders||1–3||Washington Capitals||Capital Centre|
|April 20||New York Islanders||5–4||2OT||Washington Capitals||Capital Centre|
|April 22||Washington Capitals||3–4||OT||New York Islanders||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|April 24||Washington Capitals||3–4||2OT||New York Islanders||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|April 26||New York Islanders||4–6||Washington Capitals||Capital Centre|
|April 28||Washington Capitals||3–5||New York Islanders||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|New York won series 4–2|
Clarence Campbell Conference
(N1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (N4) St. Louis Blues
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, Belfour 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.
|April 18||St. Louis Blues||4–3||Chicago Blackhawks||Chicago Stadium|
|April 21||St. Louis Blues||2–0||Chicago Blackhawks||Chicago Stadium|
|April 23||Chicago Blackhawks||0–3||St. Louis Blues||St. Louis Arena|
|April 25||Chicago Blackhawks||3–4||OT||St. Louis Blues||St. Louis Arena|
|St. Louis won series 4–0|
(N2) Detroit Red Wings vs. (N3) Toronto Maple Leafs
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 2009, this was the last Clarence Campbell/Western Conference playoff series to be played entirely within the Eastern Time Zone.
|April 19||Toronto Maple Leafs||3–6||Detroit Red Wings||Joe Louis Arena|
|April 21||Toronto Maple Leafs||2–6||Detroit Red Wings||Joe Louis Arena|
|April 23||Detroit Red Wings||2–4||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|April 25||Detroit Red Wings||2–3||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|April 27||Toronto Maple Leafs||5–4||OT||Detroit Red Wings||Joe Louis Arena|
|April 29||Detroit Red Wings||7–3||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|May 1||Toronto Maple Leafs||4–3||OT||Detroit Red Wings||Joe Louis Arena|
|Toronto won series 4–3|
(S1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S4) Winnipeg Jets
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.
|April 19||Winnipeg Jets||2–4||Vancouver Canucks||Pacific Coliseum|
|April 21||Winnipeg Jets||2–3||Vancouver Canucks||Pacific Coliseum|
|April 23||Vancouver Canucks||4–5||Winnipeg Jets||Winnipeg Arena|
|April 25||Vancouver Canucks||3–1||Winnipeg Jets||Winnipeg Arena|
|April 27||Winnipeg Jets||4–3||OT||Vancouver Canucks||Pacific Coliseum|
|April 29||Vancouver Canucks||4–3||OT||Winnipeg Jets||Winnipeg Arena|
|Vancouver won series 4–2|
(S2) Calgary Flames vs. (S3) Los Angeles Kings
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.
|April 18||Los Angeles Kings||6–3||Calgary Flames||Olympic Saddledome|
|April 21||Los Angeles Kings||4–9||Calgary Flames||Olympic Saddledome|
|April 23||Calgary Flames||5–2||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|April 25||Calgary Flames||1–3||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|April 27||Los Angeles Kings||9–4||Calgary Flames||Olympic Saddledome|
|April 29||Calgary Flames||6–9||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|Los Angeles won series 4–2|
Prince of Wales Conference
(A3) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A4) Buffalo Sabres
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 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.
|May 2||Buffalo Sabres||3–4||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|May 4||Buffalo Sabres||3–4||OT||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|May 6||Montreal Canadiens||4–3||OT||Buffalo Sabres||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium|
|May 8||Montreal Canadiens||4–3||OT||Buffalo Sabres||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium|
|Montreal won series 4–0|
(P1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (P3) New York Islanders
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 and 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 Patrick Division Semifinals.
|May 2||New York Islanders||3–2||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena|
|May 4||New York Islanders||0–3||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena|
|May 6||Pittsburgh Penguins||3–1||New York Islanders||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|May 8||Pittsburgh Penguins||5–6||New York Islanders||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|May 10||New York Islanders||3–6||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena|
|May 12||Pittsburgh Penguins||5–7||New York Islanders||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|May 14||New York Islanders||4–3||OT||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena|
|New York won series 4–3|
Clarence Campbell Conference
(N3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (N4) St. Louis Blues
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.
|May 3||St. Louis Blues||1–2||2OT||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|May 5||St. Louis Blues||2–1||2OT||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|May 7||Toronto Maple Leafs||3–4||St. Louis Blues||St. Louis Arena|
|May 9||Toronto Maple Leafs||4–1||St. Louis Blues||St. Louis Arena|
|May 11||St. Louis Blues||1–5||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|May 13||Toronto Maple Leafs||1–2||St. Louis Blues||St. Louis Arena|
|May 15||St. Louis Blues||0–6||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|Toronto won series 4–3|
(S1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (S3) Los Angeles Kings
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.
|May 2||Los Angeles Kings||2–5||Vancouver Canucks||Pacific Coliseum|
|May 5||Los Angeles Kings||6–3||Vancouver Canucks||Pacific Coliseum|
|May 7||Vancouver Canucks||4–7||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|May 9||Vancouver Canucks||7–2||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|May 11||Los Angeles Kings||4–3||2OT||Vancouver Canucks||Pacific Coliseum|
|May 13||Vancouver Canucks||3–5||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|Los Angeles won series 4–2|
Prince of Wales Conference Final
(A3) Montreal Canadiens vs. (P3) New York Islanders
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.
|May 16||New York Islanders||1–4||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|May 18||New York Islanders||3–4||2OT||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|May 20||Montreal Canadiens||2–1||OT||New York Islanders||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|May 22||Montreal Canadiens||1–4||New York Islanders||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|May 24||New York Islanders||2–5||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|Montreal won series 4–1|
Clarence Campbell Conference Final
(N3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (S3) Los Angeles Kings
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.
|May 17||Los Angeles Kings||1–4||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|May 19||Los Angeles Kings||3–2||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|May 21||Toronto Maple Leafs||2–4||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|May 23||Toronto Maple Leafs||4–2||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|May 25||Los Angeles Kings||2–3||OT||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|May 27||Toronto Maple Leafs||4–5||OT||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|May 29||Los Angeles Kings||5–4||Toronto Maple Leafs||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|Los Angeles won series 4–3|
Stanley Cup Finals
This was the first and to date only playoff series between these two teams. The Canadiens had not won a Stanley Cup since 1986. This was the thirty-fourth and most recent Finals appearance for Montreal, while Los Angeles made their first ever appearance in the Finals. This was Wayne Gretzky's only appearance in the Finals with the Kings, and the last in his career. Patrick Roy won the MVP award of this Stanley Cup final.
|June 1||Los Angeles Kings||4–1||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|June 3||Los Angeles Kings||2–3||OT||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|June 5||Montreal Canadiens||4–3||OT||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|June 7||Montreal Canadiens||3–2||OT||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|June 9||Los Angeles Kings||1–4||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|Montreal won series 4–1|
- Leahy, Sean (August 6, 2009). "Referee Kerry Fraser addresses non-call on Gretzky, hair secrets". Yahoo! Sports.
1992 Stanley Cup playoffs
|Stanley Cup playoffs||Succeeded by
1994 Stanley Cup playoffs