Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Poll Has Me Curious

The latest poll over on asks which 7-game playoff series is the greatest in NHL history?

A- 1942 TOR/DET (Cup Final)
B- 1979 MON/BOS (Conf. Final)
C- 1986 CGY/EDM (Div. Final)
D- 1994 NYR/NJD (Conf. Final)
E- 2002 DET/COL (Conf. Final)
F- 2009 WSH/PIT (Div. Final)

Here are the results currently:
MON/BOS 11.75%
CGY/EDM 11.77%
NYR/NJD 13.02%
DET/COL 22.56%
WSH/PIT 29.57%

My vote? Rangers-Devils. The final game in that epic series was one of the best games I have ever seen in my life. That game along with the three-game 1987 Canada Cup series are my favorite hockey games I have ever watched. Each game between Canada and the U.S.S.R. ended 6-5 and Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky were in their primes, while the Russians had Igor Larionov in his prime. The animosity between Canada and the Soviets was very strong, you don't get that passion as much these days. Thankfully, Canada won.

Getting back to the poll…

The Rangers were the best team in the N.H.L. in 1994 and the Devs were second. Three of the seven games in the series went to double overtime. Meanwhile, I’d put Calgary-Edmonton as number two on the list; those games between the two teams that hail from the province of Alberta were wars. Think Joel Otto vs. Mark Messier!


Rob Adams said...

Absolutely - still the best series I have ever seen. It had everything, including the series winner. I can't remember his name'd think a broadcaster would have said it a few times...

Sean G. Kilkelly said...

Funny. Although not as well-known, Matteau scored the game winner in the second OT of Game 3, as well.