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Close but No Cigar: The 40 Best Players Whose Names Aren’t Etched on the Stanley Cup

Published by on June 9, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Chris Osgood throws his fatigued arms in the air as Johan Franzen enthusiastically clenches Henrik Zetterberg. Mike Babcock throws himself into the arms of his assistant coaches. Nicklas Lidstrom skates to receive the coveted prize and becomes the first European trained captain to win the Stanley Cup. The other end of the ice shows faces that express disappointment. Unlike the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t receive that extra surge of energy that comes with winning. Their exhaustion won’t be soothed by Lord Stanley’s Cup. Two of those faces were Marian Hossa and Ty Conklin who left Pittsburgh for Detroit during last years’ free agent period. Now both teams find themselves competi...

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