A Look Back at the Top 10 Stanley Cup Finals Since 2001 Pt. 4

Man holds up the Stanley Cup in recreation of an NHL championship celebration, 1990s. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images)

The dog days of summer are upon us. In light of enjoying the final run of the season and the generally quiet front in the hockey world, we decided to take a look back at the Stanley Cup Finals since early 2000’s. What we have come up with is our lists of the top 10 Stanley Cup Finals over the past 20 years. While the list was hard to whittle down and eliminate so many other championships, the Two 4 Roughing podcast team managed to compile their lists.

At the bottom of the article you can find the lists to date. For today we are looking at number 7 on the list starting with Nick’s pick:

7) 2019 St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins

About the series:

Of the teams from the NHL’s 1967 expansion, the St. Louis Blues had kept chasing that elusive Stanley Cup. They’ve become one of the best franchises in the NHL over time and have built a fantastic culture and legacy in St. Louis but they’ve never been to the top of the NHL mountain. The Bruins on the other hand had won in 2011 and had been back again in 2012-2013 and though many didn’t see it then, this was probably the last kick at the can with the current Champion core assembled by Bruins management.

Why it is in my top 10:

First thing’s first, I love this series because it was hard hitting and had that old time hockey kind of feel to it. Second, I had picked the Blues before the season to actually win the Cup and even though for a time it looked like I was a moron they made me look like a genius. Third, I enjoyed seeing this team from the 1967 expansion finally be able to break through after coming so close so many times and having so many great teams that fell short it was great to see a deserving city finally get their first Cup. I also can’t begin to put into words how happy I was for Ryan O’Reilly, who in one season, went from hockey purgatory in Buffalo to being a Stanley Cup champion. This Blues team from top to bottom was just a genuinely easy team to root for and an incredibly deserving team to win the Cup. Even though folks won’t really remember game 7 of this series because St. Louis just came out and dominated, the series leading up to that was back and forth and just a great series to watch if you enjoyed old time hard hitting hockey.

Now for Chris’ number 7:

2010 Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

About the series:

The 2010 Stanley Cup Final was the first appearance for the Chicago Blackhawks since 1992 where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blackhawks had not won the Stanley Cup since 1961 which at the time was the longest drought in the NHL. The championship would be the jumpstart of a dynasty as the club would go on to win two more times in five seasons (2013, 2015). For the Philadelphia Flyers, it was their first trip since the 90’s as well. 1997 was the last Final appearance for the Flyers were they were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings. Losing again this time, the Flyers have suffered six straight losses in the Stanley Cup Final after winning their first two appearances.

Why it is in my top 10:

Out of the gate, this series was a scoring onslaught as both the Blackhawks and Flyers rarely had trouble finding the back of the net. Only one game in the series had a combined goal count of 3 while the other five averaged 8.8 per game. This series was the perfect culmination of depth scoring with stat sheets filled throughout both lineups of contributions not just from the top line. The series was such an offensive onslaught that I don’t personally remember a boring moment throughout. The Blackhawks were such a stacked squad going against the Cinderella story of the Flyers who squeaked into the postseason as the 8th seed in the east.

In the end, the classic moment that will always be a lasting memory is the Patrick Kane overtime goal in game 6 where he was the only one in the building who knew the puck was in the net to seal the championship:

What would you say is your 8th best Stanley Cup since 2001? Feel free to leave a comment below. Do you agree or disagree with our rankings so far:

Nick:
10 – 2009 Penguins vs. Red Wings
9 – 2006 Hurricanes vs. Oilers
8 – 2014 Kings vs. Rangers
7 – 2019 Blues vs. Bruins

Chris:
10 – 2002 Red Wings vs. Hurricanes
9 – 2003 Ducks vs. Devils
8 – 2009 Penguins vs. Red Wings
7 – 2010 Blackhawks vs. Flyers

Next up we jump right back into it with number 6 on our lists!

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