10 Best NHL Playoff Teams of All Time

10 Best NHL Playoff Teams of All Time

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The playoffs are always exciting, but some teams really stand out. Here are the 10 best NHL playoff teams of all time.

10. Chicago Blackhawks 2009-10

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10. Chicago Blackhawks 2009-10

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In their 11th visit to the finals, the Western Conference Champions won their fourth Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks reached the 100-point mark for the first time since the 1992–93 season and improved by 16 points over the past season 88-point total. They were the only NHL team to improve on its record in each of the previous four seasons.

9. New York Rangers 1993-94

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9. New York Rangers 1993-94

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It was a magical ride for Rangers fans as their team clinched the Presidents' Trophy by finishing with the best record in the NHL at 52-24-8, setting a franchise record with 112 points and its first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years.

8. Philadelphia Flyers 1974-75

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8. Philadelphia Flyers 1974-75

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The 1974–75 Flyers was the last Stanley Cup champion to be composed entirely of Canadian-born players and was one of the most intimidating teams of all time. Dave Schultz topped his mark from the previous season by setting an NHL record for penalty minutes, 472 minutes. The Flyers repeated as Stanley Cup Champions ('73-'74 and '74-'75).

7. Pittsburgh Penguins 1991-92

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7. Pittsburgh Penguins 1991-92

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Looking back at their roster, how can you not be impressed? You see names like Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Mark Recchi, Kevin Stevens, Bryan Trottier, Larry Murphy, Rick Tocchet, Ron Francis, Joe Mullen and Tom Barrasso. The Penguins had five 30-goal scorers and repeated as champions.

6. Colorado Avalanche 2000-01

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6. Colorado Avalanche 2000-01

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Key players: Joe Sakic, Chris Drury, Peter Forsberg, Milan Hejduk, Alex Tanguay, Rob Blake, Adam Foote, Patrick Roy, and a guy named Ray Bourque, who won the Stanley Cup in his final game. Another team put together for one reason: to win a championship.

5. Detroit Redwings 2001-02

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5. Detroit Redwings 2001-02

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The Wings scored 116 points, winning the Central Division and their third Presidents’ Trophy. The team is considered one of the most talented teams of all time with 10 then future Hall-of-Famers on the team, as well as a hall of fame coach in Scotty Bowman.

4. Boston Bruins 1971-72

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4. Boston Bruins 1971-72

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The Boston Bruins of the early 1970s were a juggernaut. They surprisingly won only two Stanley Cup titles ('70 and '72). The Bruins were one of the most explosive teams of all time, led by Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito. Orr is considered the greatest defenseman in the history of the game and may have been the greatest player in league history. Wayne Gretzky is considered his only competition.

3. New York Islanders 1981-82

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3. New York Islanders 1981-82

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This Islanders squad is remembered for their incredible balance. Their offense was very impressive, their defense was led by captain Denis Potvin and if anything got past them, it was stopped by Vezina Trophy winner Billy Smith. They were second in goals for, second in goals against, had eight 20- goal scorers and 13- 10-goal scorers.

2. Montreal Canadiens 1976-77

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2. Montreal Canadiens 1976-77

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This Canadiens team is regarded by most to be the greatest NHL team ever composed. The Canadiens won their 20th Stanley Cup in 1976–77 season. They set an NHL record for most points in a season by a team with 132 points (60-8-12). They outscored opponents by 216 goals in 80 games.

1. Edmonton Oilers 1983-84

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1. Edmonton Oilers 1983-84

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It was another record breaking season for the Oilers. Considered one of, if not the greatest offensive hockey team of all time. They set club records in wins (57) and points (118), as they won the Smythe Division for the third straight season. Edmonton would break the NHL record for goals in a season, previously set by the Oilers the previous season, by scoring 446 times.

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