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02-02-2014, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by TheMoreYouKnow View Post
The 02 Wings dominated the NHL that year from start to finish..that's rare in the NHL
So rare that it happened the year before and two years before that? Hell, it would have been four President's Trophy Stanley Cup Winners in a row had the Devils not collapsed in February 2000 when they were 15 points ahead of the Flyers. After a coaching change, they really cruised through the playoffs (14 of their 23 games saw them let in 1 goal or fewer).

Tampa Bay is in that group too (3 points from the President's Trophy), especially when you look at their second-half record: 27-7-2-5. 2003 New Jersey was just 5 points away from the President's Trophy, and beat that team to get to the Finals. It wasn't really rare at all in that era for teams to have both regular season success and playoff success.

And 1997 Detroit may not have a President's Trophy, but their playoff defense speaks for itself. 2002 Detroit let in 3 or more goals 9 times in 23 games. 1997 Detroit let in 3 or more goals just 3 times in 20 games.

And that's just the Dead Puck teams that were as good or better.

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