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02-12-2014, 11:22 AM
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Greatest Teams that didn't win a cup?

I posted a thread on the sens board about which team they felt was the greatest squad they've seen that should have won a cup but fell short. I'd like to ask the people of hfboards which team(s) did they feel like should have won the cup but didn't in a particular year? Would it be the 96 red wings who tore up the NHL only to lose to the Avs in the playoffs? Maybe the 2010 capitals who were setting records and looked like they were going to breeze to the cup only to run into Halak? How about the 2006 senators who still had a high flying team even with Hasek hurt?

It doesn't have to be any of those teams listed of course. I'm sure there are many others but it'd be fun to read about teams who you all felt really should have won the cup but for whatever reason (ran into a hot goalie, bad match up in the playoffs, etc.).

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02-12-2014, 11:27 AM
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2009 Sharks

re-do that season 100 times and they win the cup 99 times

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02-12-2014, 11:29 AM
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02-12-2014, 11:30 AM
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re-do that season 100 times and they win the cup 99 times
yeah, i dont think so

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the 2010-2011 vancouver Canucks were easily the best team not to win it post - lockout. I think they had the most goals for and the least goals against in the regular season, had top 5 Power play and PK, and should of won the stanley cup, but didnt largely due to injuries. Anyone care to dispute this?

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>>>1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.<<<
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins

I get the feeling Calgary Flames would have won at least a couple more cups, if it wasn't for the Edmonton Dynasty.

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02-12-2014, 11:34 AM
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the 2010-2011 vancouver Canucks were easily the best team not to win it post - lockout. I think they had the most goals for and the least goals against in the regular season, had top 5 Power play and PK, and should of won the stanley cup, but didnt largely due to injuries. Anyone care to dispute this?
I think Vancouver wins it, if the reffing were consistent throughout the series. When the Refs put the whistles away, Vancouver became useless.

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>>>1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.<<<
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins

I get the feeling Calgary Flames would have won at least a couple more cups, if it wasn't for the Edmonton Dynasty.
Absolutely. They might have been the dynasty if not for Edmonton

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1985-86 Oilers

1994-95 / 95-96 Wings

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2001 devils might have been the best devils team of them all. Beastly defence, Marty in his prime, and they even lead nhl in scoring.

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Forgot the 1994-95 and 1995-96 Red Wings.

Man, we could have had 4 cups...

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Maybe not the greatest team of all time, but I always felt the 05-06 Sabres team should have won the cup. Didn't they lose a bunch of their defensemen to injury during the East final to Carolina who eventually went on to win the Cup.

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The 2004-2005 Ottawa Senators had a great shot

We got royally screwed by that lockout

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the 2010-2011 vancouver Canucks were easily the best team not to win it post - lockout. I think they had the most goals for and the least goals against in the regular season, had top 5 Power play and PK, and should of won the stanley cup, but didnt largely due to injuries. Anyone care to dispute this?
I don't disagree. That team was decimated by injuries in key players, and frankly it is all on Luongo that they even made it to game 7.

Anyways I'll second the 1992-93 Penguins

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Going back a ways here but the 70-71 Bruins were insanely dominant. 57 wins in 78regular season games, more than 5 goals scored per game (108 goals more than #2 in the league), 2.65 GAA (third in the league), best PP unit, 2nd best PK and an insane 25 SH goals (compared to 53 PP goals against). Sandwiched between their two SC winning seasons, Esposito won the Ross and Lindsay, Orr won the Hart and Norris, and they had 3-4 players at the top of nearly every statistical category. It's arguably the best season of that Bruins core and they lost in the first round to, basically, Dryden standing on his head.

I'm sure some of the old Canadiens teams can claim similar seasons, but this is the one that stuck out to me as a Bruins fan. Some early-90's and late-2000's teams were damn good too but the 70-71 squad was insane.

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The top 10 teams that didnt win the cup, in order, are:

1971 Boston Bruins
1945 Montreal Canadiens
1979 New York Islanders
1975 Montreal Canadiens
1982 Montreal Canadiens
1996 Detroit Red Wings
1976 Philadelphia Flyers
1930 Boston Bruins
1974 Boston Bruins
1972 New York Rangers

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2009 Sharks

re-do that season 100 times and they win the cup 99 times
Considering they got tossed around by the Ducks in the first round, I seriously doubt that

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1971 Blackhawks. Lost to Montreal in 7 games and I firmly believe Chicago was the better team, and one of the best teams to lose in the Finals that I've seen.

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The 2004-2005 Ottawa Senators had a great shot

We got royally screwed by that lockout
This answer always come up but I just don't see them as a clear cut favorite. At best they're equal with teams like the Red Wings, Sharks, and Lightning. In contention for sure but certainly a little bit less than a "great shot."

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85-86 oilers...would've made five in a row for the boys on the bus from 83-88 had it not been for steve smiths own goal

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The way the Oilers were playing in the 2006 playoffs.. they deserve a mention.

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