This thread is partially inspired by the recent one on here about Pavel Bure, and if he would be a member of the Hall had two games which his team lost had been won instead. I was curious if there are any players not in the Hall who probably would be had one single game gone the other way. One game may not seem like very much, but in some circumstances it can add a lot to a players resume. One example: Rick Middleton (Game 7 Semi-Final vs. Montreal): While everyone remembers the too-many-men-on-the-ice call and Lafleur's dramatic tying goal, it's overshadowed how outstanding Middleton (along with Cashman and Ratelle) was in that game. He figured in all four Bruin goals (2G, 2A) and more importantly scored the goal that put Boston up 4-3 in the 3rd. If the penalty doesn't happen, or if the Bruins kill it, then the story of that night becomes how Boston ended the Montreal dynasty with Middleton as the main hero. Consider that Boston likely would've beaten the Rangers in the Final and won the Cup; with all that added to Middleton's already impressive career accomplishments, I don't see how he could be kept out. Can anyone suggest other players who are only one game away from HHOF induction? For example, do any other Soviets definitely get in if they beat Canada in the '87 Canada Cup Final?