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01-26-2011, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
Even Stanley Cup teams need to avoid brutal draws... especially early on. It's tough to win 3 or 4 rough matchups (thus why the team that wins the Cup has almost always come from the top 4 spots on either side).
I believe the Pens were the lowest Conference seed (4th) to win they Cup in the post-expansion era when they did so in 2009. I haven't fact checked, but you might be able to remove the 'almost' from your quote.

Edit: I was wrong; the Devils won in 1995 as the 5th seed.

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