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05-12-2013, 07:39 AM
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Playoff Series Where The Loser Outplayed The Winner

What are the best examples you can remember of playoff series where the losing team outplayed the winning team on the aggregate? For instance, a theoretical ideal example of this might be a series where the losing team won 3 games in huge blowouts, and lost 4 very close games (all by 1 goal/in OT/etc.).

The most extreme example I can think of this is the Detroit-Anaheim series in the 1st round of the 2003 playoffs, where Detroit dominated the ice surface with the exception of Giguere's crease and goal. I've never seen one player completely punk an entire team that was otherwise dominating play quite like that. Game 1 set the tone for the rest of the series as the Wings just teed off on Giguere all game and throughout OT but only managed one goal and a post-to-post, eventually losing. A 4-0 sweep where the losing team outplayed the winning team outside of the goal is certainly a rare occurrence.

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