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Best Canadian Cup runs since Habs won in 1993: East edition

Aaron Stern (@TheSternMan24) May. 30, 2014 2:22 PM
It's a picture that every Canadian hockey fan has in their head; the home team winning the Stanley Cup. There is so much loyalty and passion in Canadian cities for their hockey teams, but over the past couple decades they have not been rewarded for it.

The last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup was in 1993 when the Montreal Canadiens beat the Los Angeles Kings in five games. Some have gotten close but it is yet to happen, let's take a look back at how close Canadian teams that are currently in the Eastern Conference have come to winning the cup since the Habs triumph in 1993.

The Montreal Canadiens

Let's start with the team who was just eliminated. Although their 2010 playoff run was definitely comparable to this year's run, I think this year was their best shot at the Cup since 1993. After cruising through the first round then beating the big bad Bruins, getting to the Cup final seemed like a real possibility for Habs Nation. Their Stanley Cup hopes took a huge hit after this happened ...

As good as Dustin Tokarski played, Carey Price is one of the world's best. Of course you can't conclude that the Habs would've beaten the Rangers with Price in the line up, but what a loss it was. The Habs lost in 6 and got eliminated from the playoffs in what I believe was their best shot at the Cup since they won in '93.

The Ottawa Senators

The Sens had a golden opportunity to win the cup in 2007. After beating the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres all in five games, the Senators would square off in the Cup Final against the Anaheim Ducks. It was a great time for the city of Ottawa as it was their first time being in the Cup final since 1927. Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson carried the Sens throughout the playoffs, along with the goaltending of Ray Emery.

The Sens could not handle the Ducks in the Cup final though, who had forwards like Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne. The Ducks also had a solid shutdown line, a lethal defence duo of Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer, and a world class goalie in Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The Sens would lose to the Ducks in five games which would conclude their best run at the cup since the Habs won in 1993.

Watch a tribute to their run here.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Yes, the Toronto Maple Leafs have had a solid playoff run since the Habs won in 1993, and it almost got them in the Cup Final. The year was 2002 and the Leafs defeated the Islanders and the Senators in the opening rounds. They would play the Conference Final against a team that they matched up pretty well against, the Carolina Hurricanes. The Leafs had an incredible goaltender in Curtis Joseph, and classic players like Mats Sundin, Gary Roberts and Darcy Tucker. Sundin and Tucker actually missed most of the first two rounds with injuries, so when they returned in the Eastern Conference Final, most Toronto fans were predicting their team would finally play for the Cup for the first time since 1967.

The Leafs seemed to run out of gas and couldn't handle the Hurricanes, who got great goaltending from Arturs Irbe, and tons of production out of forwards like Rod Brind'Amour, Erik Cole, and Jeff O'Neill. The Leafs would lose in dramatic fashion at home in Game 6 in overtime. Sundin tied the game with the goalie pulled before the eventual season-ending goal by the Hurricanes. Check out Sundin's game-tying goal which would highlight the Leafs 2002 run.

So fans, who in the East has the best shot at being the next Canadian team to win a cup? Tweet us @BarDown