Best playoff player to never win the cup?
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09-15-2013, 12:30 AM
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I have to bring up Pavel Bure again, for that 94 run alone. IMHO the second best non-Cup winning run after Gretzky 93. I'd place Hextall 87 at #3. Park was more consistent though.
Bure was a huge factor in several playoff series, contributing in crucial situations against the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, and St. Louis Blues. I'll outline those details below.
He single-handedly defeated the Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs in 1994.
Against Dallas, he scored 6 goals, 2 assists, 8 points in 5 games. He compiled 27 shots in 5 games.
Against Toronto, he scored 4 goals, 3 assists in 5 games. In Games 1 and 2, he had a combined 13 shots (8 in Game 2).
Bure dominated the 1995 playoff series against St. Louis as well with 7 goals, 5 assists, 12 points in 7 games. Without him, the Canucks would not have advanced past the first round.
Against the Calgary Flames and New York Rangers in 1994, as well as against the Winnipeg Jets in 1992, Pavel played a huge role in helping the Canucks stave off elimination. He scored the series-winner against the Flames.
In his rookie season (1991-92), Bure's Canucks trailed 3-1 in the first round series against the Winnipeg Jets. In Game 5, Pavel exploded with a 4-point game. In Game 6, he came back with a hat trick to push the series to Game 7, which the Canucks won.
In 1994 against the Calgary Flames, the Canucks trailed the Flames 3-1 in the series. Pavel scored one of the goals in the Canucks' 2-1 overtime win over the Flames in Game 5. In Game 6, he assisted on one of the goals in a 3-2 overtime victory. In Game 7, he scored two goals, including the Double OT winner, and assisted on the game-tying goal in the third period.
Against the Rangers, he assisted on the Game 1 OT winner. In Game 5, he scored twice and assisted on the game-winning goal to keep the series alive just when the Rangers thought they would be winning the Stanley Cup. In Game 6, he assisted on the game-winning goal. In Games 5 and 6, he had a combined 13 shots (seven in Game 5, six in Game 6).
In the 1994, he was the clear favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy had the Canucks won the Stanley Cup, and at one point some analysts predicted he would break the NHL record of 19 goals in one playoff campaign.
As of Game 4 of the third-round series against Toronto, some believed it was possible:
Bure raises roof: Coliseum `earthquake' just another ovation: [Final Edition]
Stall, Bob. The Province [Vancouver, B.C] 22 May 1994: A14.
But the first goal was the winner and the second gave him a league-leading 12 for the playoffs. Whispers were beginning that he could threaten the NHL record of 19 goals in a playoff year, shared by Jari Kurri and Reggie Leach.
He concluded the 1994 playoffs with 16 goals, 15 assists, 31 point in 24 games. He stepped up with huge performances in several elimination games throughout his career, and dominated numerous series. In the first four years of his career, he played ten playoff series, dominated three on his own, and rescued the Canucks in several key moments in others. He was a strong playoff performer who came within one game of winning the Stanley Cup.
Stall, Bob. "Bure Raises Roof: Coliseum `earthquake' just another Ovation." The Province: 0. May 22 1994. ProQuest. Web. 15 Sep. 2013 .
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