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Greatest Teams of All-Time

Greatest Teams of All-Time

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NO. 14 1988-89 CALGARY FLAMES

DO A YOUTUBE SEARCH FOR THE greatest glove saves of all-time and you’re bound to see a couple Mike Vernon stops from the 1988-89 season, when Calgary won the Stanley Cup. What’s remarkable about that is they came from the same period in the seventh and deciding game of an opening round series with the Vancouver Canucks. And that period was overtime. “I can still see that glove save he made on Tony Tanti,” said Calgary Flames original and current play-by-play man Peter Maher. “I can still see it. And I can still see the one he made on (Stan Smyl).” Ask around and you’ll hear about the other big saves he made in overtime April 15, 1989. There was one on Trevor Linden. “I remember ones on Petri Skriko and Greg Adams, too,”…

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STAAL STALL PAYS OFF

FEW WOULD SAY LOSING a year of hockey over a labor dispute was a good thing, but it sure helped the Carolina Hurricanes. When play resumed after the 2004-05 lockout, the ‘New NHL’ was born and no team transitioned better or faster than the Hurricanes. Coach Peter Laviolette believed the NHL would be steadfast this time after many failed crackdowns on obstruction and preached discipline with his team, penalizing them with extra laps at practice any time a soft hook was used in place of hard stride. “Early on, we had the best grasp of any team on the rules,” said captain Rod Brind’Amour midway through the 2005-06 season. “Right from Day 1 at training camp, before we ever stepped on the ice, we had a meeting and (Laviolette) said there…

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NO. 4 1955-56 MONTREAL CANADIENS

AS DIFFICULT AS IT MAY BE TO believe, there was a time in NHL history when the Toronto Maple Leafs were neck-and-neck with the Montreal Canadiens when it came to Stanley Cup championships. Seriously. It was during the Korean War, but it happened. In fact, when the Canadiens won the seventh Stanley Cup in franchise history in 1953, they actually pulled to within one of the Maple Leafs as the NHL’s championship standard bearers. That all changed in 1956. Not only did the Canadiens catch the Leafs, their flurry of five straight Cups pulled them away from the rest of the pack for good. That they did so in such dominating fashion and with such a mind-boggling array of talent makes them one of the greatest teams of all-time. What made them so dominant?…

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NO. 16 1948-49 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

THE NHL’S FIRST DYNASTY TOOK place when the Toronto Maple Leafs won six Stanley Cups in 10 years between 1942 and 1951 while employing vastly different lineups. But despite not being the most proficient regular season team, the most impressive of those six champions was Toronto’s 1948-49 squad. And it wasn’t just because the Cup win marked the first time any organization had won three consecutive championships. It was also due to the fact – in spite of The Hockey News making Toronto its pre-season Cup favorite – the ’48-49 Cup was the Leafs’ most unlikely NHL championship of that era and the victory stemmed from the squad coming together as a true collective with few, if any, individual standouts. The team – the NHL’s youngest that year at an average age of…