Who should have won the cup? (any given year)

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  1. Blackjack

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    In your opinion, which team was the best, go back as far as you want. Toss-ups and honerable mentions acceptable.

    (btw, Eastern Conference bias since I don't watch that much Western Conference)

    1999 - Stars, HM Avalanche
    2000 - Devils
    2001 - Devils (Homer pick) HMs, Avalanche, Flyers
    2002 - Red Wings, HM Avalanche
    2003 - Senators
    2004 - Flyers HM, Tampa Bay
     
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    Who "should have" won the cup??? Its not like its the Super Bowl, one game on one day.....You have to win 24 games and after a long rigorous playoff season, there is no "should have's" in my opinion.
     
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    Except when the Avs win. :razz:
     
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    1986 Edmonton Oilers.

    That was the year that Steve Smith put the puck into his own net on a clearing attempt in what turned out to be the winning goal for Calgary (3-2) in game 7 of the conference semi-finals.

    St. Louis (who lost to Calgary in the conference finals) and Montreal (who beat Calgary in the SC Finals that year) would have been no match for the Gretzky and Messier led high powered Oilers.

    That was one of Edmonton's highest scoring teams ever (400+ goals that year). Unfortunately, familiarity breeds comtempt, and the Flames played with just enough to beat the Oilers in the above mentioned 7 game series (which was like the 15th game the teams had played against each other that season, including the regualr season).
     
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    I agree.
    It's nice to have fantasy's and " what if's" , but when you play 82 regular games and 24 playoff-games, the team that lifts the Stanley Cup at the end, deserved to win !!
    There is no such thing as a lucky Stanley Cup winner.
    A single game can have a controversial goal, history has proven that, but that's why it's best of seven and not best of one.

    Maybe your question should have been:

    Why didn't they win and in what year didn't they win ?

    :)
     
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    The Bruins would have won the Cup in '91 if not for the Ulf Samuelsson cheap shot in Game 6 of the ECF.
     
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    The teams that did.
     
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    1980 Flyers vs Islanders on the Nystrom goal Gillies was 3 feet offsides and still is 25 yrs later. If the islanders don't win there I doubt the do in 81 and 83 they loose to Edmonton also os that "dynasty" could/ should be a 1 hit wonder
     
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    Beat me to it. 17 game winning streak during the season. Should have been a 3-peat.
     
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    Weren't the B's already behind in the game and down 3-2 in the series? If I recall correctly, they took a 2-0 lead in the series and got swept the next four.
     
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    Dave Volek and a Kevin Stevens face plant put an end to that
     
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    If the Pens won that game 7 against the Islanders, I think they would have won the 3rd cup.

    I think they were 57 and 17 that year, or something like that. Basicly unstoppable.

    They outplayed the Islanders every game in every way, but the Islanders just wouldn't die.
     
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    on the flipside the Flames 'should' have won in 1988...alot of firepower (I think the highest scoring non Gretzky, non Orr team ever)that year...but the wily experienced Oilers handed them their lunch in the 2nd round...final lesson learned for 89
     
  15. Quebec in 1995, you figure they would've learned from the 1993 heartbreak to the Habs...it took them another year to learn the lesson and they finally won the cup in 1996. But I always though the 1995 Nords were cup ready and the goaltending would hold up, they really should've traded for Moog at the deadline that year,
     
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    Just to play devil's advocate....
    I think luck can play a pretty big role, as the cliche goes, anything can happen in a game 7.

    really, you don't need any more proof than Steve Smith and the 1985-86 Oilers.


    I don't think there's ever been a team that's won and not been worthy (though didn't a bruins team in the 30's have like a .350 winning % and go on to take the cup?) but it's also easy to argue that for every team that wins, there are three or four more teams that could have just as easily one except for an unlucky bounce or brain cramp (coughtoddbertuzzicough) at the wrong time.
     
  17. Colorado would never have gotten Roy if they were still in Quebec though. He was a big factor in their cup wins
     
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    The one I remember is 1971. Bruins had a tremendous team and won in 1970 and 1972. Dryden was amazing, but they still should have won that thing. Dammit.
     
  19. also, if only the Pens could've finished off the Isles in 1982 (remember 3-1 with 3 minutes left) then the Nords would've cruised to a Cup that year. As it happened, the Isles rallied back and beat the Pens in OT, and beat the Nords in the ECF.
     
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    1999... Buffalo Sabres...
     
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    2001-02 Montreal Canadiens :p:


    Im still mad at Michel Terrien for this game 4 fiasco....
     
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    I feel that the "Yellow Pinnies" should have won this year's Bobby Hull Invitational, as my wrister was clearly over the line. Ah, well, when the "all time number one scorer and MVP" is on the other team, the odds are pretty much against you...
     
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    Thank you. :handclap:

    The question suggests that some teams that won the Cup didn't deserve to. Utterly ridiculous. :shakehead
     
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    Wow... I forgot all about that.

    Thanks for bringing back the nightmare. :)
     
  25. Chaos

    Chaos And the winner is...

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    And to think it took a whole 20 posts for this one to come up yet again.
     
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