Canada’s Stanley Cup drought reached 19 seasons in 2013. Here’s a look at the teams that have come closest since the Montreal Canadiens won it in 1993:
1994 VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Led by Pavel Bure, the Canucks rallied from a 3-1 deficit against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup final before losing in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. Longtime Edmonton Oilers star Mark Messier won his sixth championship and prevented Canada from celebrating back-to-back Cups.
2004 CALGARY FLAMES
When Oleg Saprykin scored the Game 5 overtime winner to put the Flames on the verge of the second Cup in franchise history, it seemed like a matter of time. But then Marty St. Louis stunned Calgary at the Saddledome in the second overtime of Game 6, and Ruslan Fedotenko scored twice in Game 7 to win it all for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
2006 EDMONTON OILERS
The eighth seed in the Western Conference rode goaltender Dwayne Roloson’s brilliance to victories over the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks before running into Cam Ward and the Carolina Hurricanes. Roloson suffered a knee injury in the Cup final, but the Oilers took it to Game 7 before falling short.
2007 OTTAWA SENATORS
Frustration appeared for the Senators in the form of usually poised captain Daniel Alfredsson shooting the puck at Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer in the closing seconds of the second period of Game 4. Alfredsson said he didn’t do it intentionally, but the Ducks were fired up and finished off Ottawa in five games.
2011 VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider split time in net for the Canucks, who imploded with the chance to win the Cup in Boston in Game 6. It got worse back home in Game 7, as they were shut out by Conn Smythe Trophy-winner Tim Thomas, setting off riots around Vancouver.