Best Teams Never to Win the Stanley Cup
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11-26-2012, 08:19 PM
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lets not forget those great Calgary Flames teams in the mid-late 80's as well. The only reason they did not win more than one cup, was because they had to go through Edmonton just about every year.
I would put the Red Wings of 94-95 and 95-96, on top, with the Calgary Flames of 85-87 right behind.
I recall hearing/reading about that as well, that the only reason the Flames didn't want Cups during that time frame was due to them having to face Edmonton in the playoffs. From 1983 to
1983: Lost Division Finals (4-1) versus Edmonton Oilers
1984: Lost Division Finals (4-3) versus Edmonton Oilers
1986: Won Division Finals (4-3) versus Edmonton Oilers (lost to Canadiens in Finals in 5).
1988: Lost Division Finals (4-0) versus Edmonton Oilers
1991: Lost Division Semi-Finals (4-3) versus Edmonton Oilers
They won a Stanley Cup in 1989, where they were spared from playing Edmonton due to LA's upset win in 7 games. The Flames would sweep the Kings, take out the Hawks in 5 games in the Conference Finals and then beat the Habs in 6 to win their first Stanley Cup. In meetings between 1983 and 1991, the Flames were victorious on only one occasion. As you suggested, those Flames certainly could have been Cup contenders had it not been for the dominant Oilers.
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