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Detroit 3, Carolina 1
Posted: Friday June 14, 2002 01:20 AM
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DETROIT (Ticker) -- Hockeytown has its 10th Stanley Cup championship, Scotty Bowman his record-breaking ninth and Dominik Hasek his elusive first.

The Detroit Red Wings, a team built for a title run, captured their third championship in six years with a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, finishing off the Stanley Cup Finals in five games.

Brendan Shanahan scored twice and Hasek stopped 16 shots as Detroit became the second straight Presidents' Trophy winner to capture the Cup.

One of three key offseason acquisitions on a team that was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last year, Hasek charged out to his own blue line when Shanahan scored into an empty net with 45 seconds left, then was mobbed by teammates at the final buzzer amid a sea of red and white confetti.

"When Shanahan scored that third goal, I was so happy and excited. But I knew I had to stay focused for another 44 seconds," said Hasek, who earned a $1 million bonus for winning the Cup. "I just can't describe the feeling."

Bowman passed his mentor, Toe Blake, and joined basketball's Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach as the only coaches in major professional sports with nine championships. As he did following the Red Wings' second straight Stanley Cup in 1998, Bowman donned skates and joined the on-ice celebration.

Minutes later, he announced his retirement, ending the greatest coaching career in NHL history.

"I just felt it was time," the 68-year-old Bowman said. "I made up my mind in February, this was it. ... My family has grown up supporting me in hockey and my wife, especially. I have got a granddaughter now and I got my son, his wife is going to have a baby in late August. And I think it's just time to enjoy what the other people enjoy quite a bit of, too."

For Hasek, it was Stanley Cup No. 1 after six Vezina Trophies, two Hart Trophies and 678 regular-season games.

"That bothered me," he admitted. "There are so many goalies who didn't have my individual trophies but had raised the Cup. Now I raised the Cup once, too. There's nothing missing about what I could accomplish."

Nicklas Lidstrom, a finalist for his second straight Norris Trophy, became just the seventh defenseman and first European to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the postseason. In addition to scoring the winning goal in Game Two, he logged more than 52 minutes in the Game Three marathon.

"I really didn't give it much thought until people started asking me about it today," Lidstrom said of joining Serge Savard, Bobby Orr (twice), Larry Robinson, Al MacInnis, Brian Leetch and Scott Stevens as defensemen who have won the prestigious award. "We had a lot of leaders on this team, beginning with Dominik in the net. And we have a lot of good scorers, too. Being the first European to win it makes it even sweeter."

Jeff O'Neill scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes, whose amazing playoff run ended at the hands of a team with at least nine future Hall of Famers in the lineup.

"They're talented offensively, they're talented defensively. They've got a ton of playoff experience and a ton of guys that are going to be in the Hall of Fame," Carolina captain Ron Francis said. "They're not an easy team to crack or rattle. I thought we came close a few times, we just couldn't get over the hump."

Carolina split the first two games of the series in Detroit, but may have had its spirit broken back home in a triple-overtime loss in Game Three.

"We can rephrase it and rephrase it, but it's the same thing. If I stop one extra shot, it's a totally different series," said a despondent Arturs Irbe, who made 24 saves. "A couple of goals can make a huge difference."

The Hurricanes went almost eight periods without a goal before O'Neill halved a 2-0 deficit late in the second period. But Carolina never came to close to getting the equalizer before Shanahan flipped a puck from just inside the center-ice red line into an empty net in the final minute.

"We felt great between periods. We got that key goal and we saw it as a possibility of a momentum shift," said Hurricanes defenseman Aaron Ward, a member of the Red Wings' last two Cup teams. "It didn't happen. We got out there, we had some good chances. But it didn't happen."

Detroit broke through 4:07 into the second period on a spectacular play by Tomas Holmstrom. Defenseman Chris Chelios sent the puck into the right corner, where Game Three hero Igor Larionov threw a pass into the slot.

Holmstrom was able to get one arm free from the check of Kevyn Adams while breaking toward the net and made a one-handed stab at the puck, deflecting it between the pads of goaltender Arturs Irbe for his first goal of the series and eighth of the playoffs.

Holmstrom had just eight goals in 69 games during the season.

Hasek produced the biggest save of the game with 11:51 to go in the second, just 17 seconds after Carolina's first power play expired.

Rod Brind'Amour made a perfect centering pass from behind the net, but Hasek got the tip of his left pad of Bates Battaglia's hard one-timer from just above the crease.

It was more frustration for two members of the Hurricanes' BBC Line, which did not score a goal at even strength or on the power play after the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Carolina rookie Jaroslav Svoboda got his fist in the face of Detroit's Kris Draper and was penalized for roughing with 6:26 to go in the period. The Red Wings needed just 30 seconds to capitalize as Sergei Fedorov passed out of the right corner to Shanahan, whose one-timer from the faceoff dot appeared to surprise Irbe and sailed over his left shoulder.

Detroit looked to be in total control and went on its third power play when Erik Cole received a roughing penalty at 16:15. But Shanahan went off for tripping 38 seconds later and the Hurricanes ended an 0-for-20 power-play drought with 70 seconds to go in the period.

O'Neill rifled a slap shot from the top of the left circle that appeared to hit the left post. During a stoppage in play seconds later, replays showed the puck hit the back of the net before caroming out, and O'Neill was credited with his eighth playoff goal.

It ended the second-longest shutout streak in Stanley Cup Finals history at 166 minutes, 3 seconds. Toronto's Frank McCool went more than 188 1/2 minutes in 1945 without allowing a goal.

The Red Wings dominated a scoreless first period, outshooting the Hurricanes, 12-5. They had three solid chances to grab an early lead, but came up empty as defenseman Fredrik Olausson wristed a shot from the right faceoff dot that hit Irbe and trickled just wide of the right goalpost.

The rebound came out to the low slot to Luc Robitaille, who put a shot off the left goalpost just over 5 1/2 minutes into the game.

Eleven minutes later, Fedorov broke in alone from the Carolina blue line, but was denied by Irbe.

The Hurricanes killed the period's lone penalty, but managed just one shot over the opening nine minutes.