10 Epic Stanley Cup Wins That Had You on the Edge of Your Seat
1. 2013 Chicago Blackhawks
After an incredible season with the Blackhawks on the longest winning streak the NHL had ever known, the Blackhawks fought their way to the top, and the battle was exciting right up to the finish against the Boston Bruins. Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe Trophy, leading the Blackhawks with 19 points in the playoffs.
2. 1999 Dallas Stars
If you like to watch punishing hockey with physical play, supernatural goaltending, and super tight games where just one bounce of the puck can be the difference between winning and losing, then the games the Stars had against the Buffalo Sabres were made for you.
3. 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning
This seven game series went back and forth, and no one could have predicted the outcome between the Lightning and the Calgary Flames. Calgary goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff was beyond incredible, and the skills of the players were put to the test each and every game.
4. 1970 Boston Bruins
Yes, this is an oldie, but it's epic. The Bruins hadn't won a Stanley Cup for almost 30 years, and to top it off, Bobby Orr, whose name is synonymous with great hockey, was the guy who scored the winning goal. His image will forever be emblematic of this game.
5. 2001 Colorado Avalanche
The Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3, and this was truly a matchup of great goaltenders, Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur. Roy remained the league's best goalie, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP for a record third time.
6. 1987 Edmonton Oilers
When the Oilers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3, it seemed like such a mismatch. The Oilers had all of the big guns ? Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri ? all at the peak of their careers. The Flyers were hardnosed and played furiously, but were disappointed in the end.
7. 1974 Philadelphia Flyers
Dubbed the Brash Street Bullies, the Flyers took the over confident Boston Bruins for a spin when nobody thought they had a chance. Though they had their detractors, it was their skilled playing that led them to victory, and goaltender Bernie Parent was second to none.
8. 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings met in two consecutive years to battle for the Stanley Cup. In 2008 the Red Wings toyed with the Penguins and used their seasoned skill to walk all over them. In 2009, it was time for the Penguins to retaliate, and they played the game of their lives to deliver.
9. 1980 New York Islanders
When the New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime for the Stanley Cup winning goal, there was no greater rush, and no greater excitement, after seeing the fruits of a hard won battle. The replay is known by all hockey fans, as the Hall of Famers on the team truly delivered that day.
10. 1994 New York Rangers
With some of the NHL's most enigmatic players, such as Pavel Bure, Brian Leetch and Mark Messier, this series was back and forth and a nail-biter to the end against the Vancouver Canucks. The Rangers hadn't won a Stanley Cup in 40 years, and they were hungry for victory, playing dramatically and with a new found intensity.