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Stanley Cup Final: Ranking Non-Chicago Blackhawks Series In Salary Cap Era

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Jan 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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No. 7: Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators (2007)

On paper, this could have been a really interesting series. Second Final appearance for the Ducks, first for the Senators. Names like Scott Niedermayer, Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Pronger, Teemu Selanne, Dany Heatly, Jason Spezza, Jean-Sebastian Giguere and younger versions of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry dotted the two rosters.

But when the series actually went down, it was really only remembered for Alfredsson allegedly firing the puck directly at Niedermayer as time wound down in period two of Game 4, and for being a defensive slog.

The Ducks won in five games, and while the teams managed to abuse the goaltenders (the winning team in four of five games scored three or more goals), there just wasn’t a whole lot going on. Case in point was Game 5, when the teams combined for all of 31 shots on net.

A series that probably should’ve been remembered for solid goaltending and plenty of offensive chances, considering the previous playoff results and rosters, respectively, just went down as the precursor to some really good Cup Final series.

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