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A Decade of Dominance

As 2011 draws closer and closer, I think it might be a good time to look back at the decade known to some as the “2K” decade.  Anyone want to argue that the first decade of the new millenium didn’t belong to the Detroit Red Wings?

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Central Division Championships:

  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • Lockout
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009

That’s eight out of a possible nine.  Only the New York Yankees can boast as many division titles in this decade.

Stanley Cup Championships:

  • 2002
  • 2008

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And of course, they were one game away from winning back-to-back Stanley Cups.  They would have been the first team to do so since….the Detroit Red Wings of 1997 and 1998.  Only the New Jersey Devils won more than one Stanley Cup in the decade (2000 & 2003) .

Western Conference Championships:

  • 2002
  • 2008
  • 2009

The only other team to win more than once was Anaheim.  Although technically, it was one as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003 and one as the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.  Detroit was the only franchise to win a.) three WC Championships and b.) under the same team name.

President’s Trophies:

  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2008

No one even comes close to this.  In fact, Detroit was the only team to boast the league’s best record more than once in the decade.  In the entire decade, Detroit was one of only two teams to win BOTH the President’s Trophy as Regular Season Champs AND the Stanley Cup as Overall Champs.  They accomplished this in 2001-2002 and 2007-2008.  The only other team to do this was the Colorado Avalanche in 2000-2001.

And what team could be great without some great individuals?  Here’s some awards that were won by players wearing the winged wheel:

Conn Smythe Winners:

  • Nicklas Lidstrom 2002
  • Henrik Zetterberg 2008

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Frank J. Selke Winners:

  • Steve Yzerman 2000
  • Kris Draper 2004
  • Pavel Datsyuk 2008
  • Pavel Datsuyk 2009
  • Pavel Datsyuk 2010

Norris Trophy Winners:

  • Nicklas Lidstrom 2001
  • Nicklas Lidstrom 2002
  • Nicklas Lidstrom 2003
  • Nicklas Lidstrom 2006
  • Nicklas Lidstrom 2007
  • Nicklas Lidstrom 2008

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King Clancy Memorial Winners:

  • Brendan Shanahan 2003

Lady Byng Memorial Winners:

  • Pavel Datsyuk 2006
  • Pavel Datsuyk 2007
  • Pavel Datsyuk 2008
  • Pavel Datsuyk 2009

Plus/Minus Award Winners:

  • Chris Chelios 2002
  • Pavel Datsyuk 2008

William M. Jennings Winners:

  • Chris Osgood/Dominik Hasek 2008

So I ask you again…is there anyone that can argue that the 2K Decade didn’t belong to the Detroit Red Wings?  The only team that might come close is the New Jersey Devils with their multiple championships and Marty Brodeur.  But they have simply not produced the sheer quantity of hardware that Detroit has kicked out over the past ten years.

This was our decade.

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