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11-22-2012, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by corksens View Post
it's that Gary Friggin' Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk were better ones.

Those two guys are practically legends. That - plus a swing in goaltending and the series goto the leafs.
Roberts an Nieuwendyk were pretty much run out of Calgary on a rail for leading massive choke jobs when the Stanley Cup winning team was turned over to their generation.

1989 = Cup Win with all of the older players
1990 = 2nd overall in NHL standings, 1st round embarrassment
1991 = 4th overall in NHL standings, 1st round embarrassment
1992 = missed playoffs
1993 = 9th overall in NHL standings, 1st round embarrassment
1994 = 7th overall in NHL standings, 1st round embarrassment
1995 = 7th overall in NHL standings, 1st round embarrassment

That was 5 straight choke jobs against lower seeds in 6 seasons, in many cases 20-25 points lower seeded teams .

Ottawa has lost to 4 lower seeded teams in it's history (and won against 4 higher seeded teams). Two of those losses were to teams were within 5 points of us.

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Originally Posted by corksens View Post
It's not that Alfie and Hossa, ect are bad leaders (back then)
This is how old the key players on the team were for the 3rd meeting against the Leafs in 2002, so they were even younger before that.

Havlat 20 - Bonk 25 - Hossa 22
McEachern 32 - White 26 - Alfie 28

Redden 24 - Salo 26
Phillips 23 - Chara 24

They were quite a bit younger than the "young and developing" Leafs team is right now and yet, it wasn't ok to miss the playoffs by a wide margin... they were expected to make the playoffs, beat a much higher seed spending 50% more money and challenge for the Cup.

And while they weren't a shining example of a young team winning in the playoffs... they absolutely blew away those Calgary teams led by Roberts & Nieuwendyk.

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