The series would feature the first matchup between two European born goaltenders, the Red Wings veteran Czech Dominik Hasek and Carolina's Latvian Arturs Irbe.
The teams would trade goals later in the second, Kirk Maltby scoring for the Red Wings at 10:39 and Jeff O'Neill countering for the visitors at 19:10.
The third period passed scoreless as regulation ended deadlocked at 2-2 with the teams also even in shots at 25 each.
This would prove to be Irbe's one and only Stanley Cup Final victory, as Detroit would go onto win the next four games to capture the cup.
The Hurricanes used the same style jerseys since moving to Carolina for the 1998-99 season, which included the transition to the Reebok Edge jerseys in 2007-08 with only minimal changes, until the 2012-13 season - a 15 year run for the Hurricanes original look with their clever and unique hurricane warning flag waist stripe and their excellent italicized names and numbers, which unfortunately did not carry over to their new look.
Here are the highlights of Game 1 of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals, which features several great saves by Irbe, particularly one which came with the game tied with roughly nine minutes remaining in the third period.