I decided to go ahead with the series considering I did get a few yes votes. I love doing this so that is good enough for me.
When it came down to seeding, I used random.org to randomly determine the first series.
First, the 1994-95 Stanley Cup Champions will be on the road against the 1999-00 Stanley Cup Champions.
**Things will get confusing as there are 4 Brodeurs, etc. I will try my best to make it as clear as possible.**
With the competition officially underway, the first of many games at the Continental Airlines Arena begins. John Madden kicked off the scoring with a goal 16:28 into the first period to make it 1-0 in favor of 2000. The goal was assisted by Scott Gomez and Scott Niedermayer. 55 seconds into the second period, Patrik Elias decided to continue the scoring for 2000 to make it 2-0. The assists came from Sergei Nemchinov and Petr Sykora.
Exactly 13 minutes later, Stephane Richer cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal assisted by Scott Stevens. Right before the period concluded, however, Elias put the game with his second goal of the game. Sykora registered his second assist and Lyle Oderlein had the assist on the play.
With the absence of scoring in the 3rd period, 1999-00 takes a 1-0 series lead with a 3-1 victory.
For the second game in a row, 2000 takes the lead after a Bobby Holik goal off a rebound. 1995 would have none of it though as they locked up the game 1-1 with Stephane Richer’s second goal of the series. Tom Chorske and Neil Broten had their first assists of the series. 2000 took the lead again with Krzysztof Oliwa’s goal that was assisted by Brian Rafalski and Sheldon Souray.
1995 would tie the game again, 2-2, on Claude Lemiux’s first goal. Mike Peluso and Alexander Semak recorded their first assists. At 10:33, 2000 would cash in on the Powerplay with a Scott Niedermayer goal to make it 3-2. The other Claude Lemiux across the bench scored for 2000 to make it 4-2. Jason Arnott helped out with the new lead. 1995 would start to claw back with a Tom Chorske goal to make it 4-3. Neil Broton recorded his second assist of the game with Bruce Driver.
Once again there was no scoring in the 3rd and 1999-00 takes a 2-0 series lead going into Game 3 at the Brendan Byrne Arena.
To start off the scoring for Game 3, Bobby Holik scored again only it was for 1995. That happened at 16:54 and was assisted by Brian Rolston.
2000 scored right out of the gate in Period 2, 7 seconds in, and tied the game on Sergei Nemchinov’s goal that was assisted by Scott Stevens and Patrik Elias. 94-95 struck right back with a Tommy Albelin goal. Stephane Richer had the assist with Scott Niedermayer.
The third remained scoreless for most of the period. In a desperation move 2000 pulled Brodeur but that move backfired with Niedermayer scored an empty net goal to push the lead to 3-1.
1995 cut the series lead to 2-1 with a 3-1 win.
Game 4 would be a pretty rough one. In the first period alone, Bill Guerin (high sticking), Chris McAlpine (elbowing), and Mike Peluso (roughing) would all be called on penalties for 1995. With Peluso’s penalty there was a coincidental penalty on Scott Niedermayer (99-00) for roughing also.
The second saw more tough play but no scoring or penalties.
The third saw all the scoring. 13:12 into the period, Claude Lemiux gave 2000 a 1-0 off a rebound that was assisted by Brian Rafalski. The ended up putting up one more 48 seconds later with a Nemchinov goal that saw Rafalski record his second assist of the game with an assist also coming from Elias.
1999-00 extended their series lead to 3-1 with a 2-0 road win. The series would now shift back to Continental Airlines Arena for Game 5.
It seemed the Ken Daneyko had a score to settle with 1995 as he was tagged with an Elbowing penalty 9 seconds into the game. It would turn out to hurt them as Sergei Brylin scored a PP goal to bring the lead to 1-0. 36 seconds later, Bobby Holik added another goal to take a 2-0 lead for 1994-95. 2000 realized the chance that was slipping away for them and cut the lead to 2-1 with a John Madden goal.
It seemed that 1995 realized that they could let this opportunity slip up. Goals by Broten, Niedermayer, and Guerin pushed the lead up to 5-1. Brodeur was then replaced by Chris Terreri in net for 1995. It sparked something momentarily as the lead was cut to 5-2 from a Claude Lemiux goal. Bobby Holik then answered back with 56 seconds left in the period to extend the lead 6-2 going into the last period.
Daneyko then was sent into the cin bin for the second time this game, this time with a holding call. Other than that, both teams recognized the inevitable to the end.
1994-95 cut the series lead to 3-2 with Game 6 returning to the Brendan Byrne Arena.
1:02 into the first, John MacLean would open the scoring for 1995 to continue the rally, 1-0. MacLean was then tagged for a holding penalty 18 seconds later. He would then come back strong about 7 minutes in and score his second goal of the game to lift 1995 to 2-0. Bill Guerin then continued 1995’s tough play with a high sticking penalty. 2000 wouldn’t be able to capitalize though.
2:28 into the second period Niedermayer kept it going to lift the lead to 3-0. Once again, MacLean would get tagged for a penalty (charging) but once again 2000 didn’t capitalize.
2000 was quickly realizing that the series was slipping away altogether. Petr Sykora scored to cut the lead to 3-1 early in the 3rd. Now it was 2000’s turn to hit hard. The one problem is that they started to become too undisciplined, especially Oliwa. At 5:14 in, Oliwa was tagged for a high sticking minor and then 9 minutes later he was charged with an unsportsmanlike conduct minor. At 18:20, 1995 officially sealed the game with a Stephane Richer goal. A little while after, Odelein was tagged with an unsportsmanlike minor for 2000, also.
1994-95 tied up the series 3-3 with the series returning to Continental Airlines Arena for one final game this series.
This game was everything a Game 7 should be, even at the round-robin stage. 2000 opened the scoring with the only goal in the 1st to take a 1-0 lead. Elias scored this one.
At almost the same amount of time into the second, Elias scored his second goal of the game to push the lead to 2-0. At 5:57, 1995 struck back with a Tommy Albelin goal. 26 seconds later 2000 struck back with a John Madden goal to lift the score to 3-1. 37 seconds later 1995 scored to bring the lead back within 1. Brian Rolston scored with the assists from Bruce Driver and Bill Guerin. 45 seconds after that 1995 sent the crowd into a shocked disbelief with a goal by Tom Chorske. Oderlein continued his rough play for 2000 with a 4 minute double minor for charging. Luckily for then, the game went back into intermission tied at 3.
Every penalty seemed to count at this point. Oliwa was called for holding and 1995 was back on the PP. They did not convert. At 9:32, Stevens also got called for holding. 1995 went back on the PP again. They did not convert. Not only did they not convert, Bobby Holik scored a Shorthanded Goal to take a 4-3 lead for 2000 at 10:57. In what unofficially sealed the game, Mike Peluso got charged with holding at 18:50 for 1995 and spent the rest of the game shorthanded.
1999-00 wins the first series 4-3.