Weakest team to ever make the Finals...
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04-19-2013, 06:10 PM
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For me it's the '82 Canucks. Although they were an underrated defensive team, 5th overall in GA, they only had 77 points and essentially made the Finals because everyone they met in the first three rounds was a worse team: Flames 75 pts., Kings 63 pts., Blackhawks 72 pts. Not an epic run. Then they of course got swept. Even the the 91 North Stars, with as lousy a regular season as they had, were able to beat the two top regular season teams and the defending champs on their way to the Finals and extended the Pens to six.
I'm not buying '96 Florida (92 pts.), '98 Washington (92 pts.), '03 Anaheim (95 pts.) '04 Calgary (94 pts.) '06 Edmonton (95 pts) : All those teams had respectable regular seasons and all of them had a future HOFer, All-Pro or trophy winner on the team, including the North Stars and the Blues of the late 60s.
Who's the flag bearer on that Canucks team? Hlinka? Boldirev? Smyl? Tiger?
well while teams get to the finals it was Broduer in 82 that was the difference.
Taco McCarthur has some interesting stats on that season that back up what the eye test told most Canuck fans.
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