Recent history of Canadian teams in final

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

VANCOUVER - In the aftermath of the Montreal Canadiens' 1993 Stanley Cup victory, four Canadian-based teams subsequently reached the final only to come up short. Here's a look:

THE TEAM: 1994 Vancouver Canucks

THE OUTCOME: Lost in seven games to New York Rangers

THE SKINNY: Heartbreaking 3-2 defeat in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. One of most exciting finals in the modern era. Rangers snapped 54-year Stanley Cup drought.

THE VILLAIN: Rangers captain Mark Messier, who scored the winning goal and added an assist in Game 7. Ironically, Messier would join the Canucks in 1997 for an three-season stint full of controversy and injuries, a run in which he compiled just 158 points -- an average of just 53 per season.

THE TEAM: 2004 Calgary Flames

THE OUTCOME: Lost in seven games to Tampa Bay Lightning

THE SKINNY: After Ruslan Fedotenko's pair of goals in Game 7 gave Tampa a 2-0 lead, the Lightning held on for a 2-1 win to hoist the Cup in front of the home fans.

THE VILLAIN: The NHL and its officials, both on the ice and in Game Operations. In Calgary, they will never forgive the league for not allowing a Martin Gelinas goal in Game 6 that appeared to flutter over the line. Had the Flames won that game, the Cup was theirs. Instead, Martin St. Louis scored in OT to force Game 7. We all know how that worked out.

THE TEAM: 2006 Edmonton Oilers

THE OUTCOME: Lost in seven games to Carolina Hurricanes

THE SKINNY: Upsets over the Red Wings, Sharks and Ducks put the underdog Oil, the eighth seed in the west, into the final, where they valiantly stayed with the 'Canes until dropping Game 7 in Carolina by a 3-1 score.

THE VILLAIN: Rookie 'Canes goalie Cam Ward, who stepped in for an ill Martin Gerber earlier in the playoffs and was magnificent, won the Conn Smythe trophy as post-season MVP.

THE TEAM: 2007 Ottawa Senators

THE OUTCOME: Lost in five games to Anaheim Ducks

THE SKINNY: The Sens were outcored 18-13 in the five games and appeared to be fatigued down the stretch.

THE VILLAIN: Ducks checking-line forward Travis Moen, who scored two game-winning goals in the series. In the end, that was more than Ottawa's Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza combined.

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca


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