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Calgary FlamesIn the eyes of many people, the Calgary Flames were the closest Canadian team to winning the Cup since the Habs won it in 1993. Replica Basketball Jerseys . What a great run they had in the 2004 Playoffs as the entire city of Calgary seemed to be behind them. The great play of Jarome Iginla, Craig Conroy and goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff carried the Flames throughout the playoffs. After knocking off the Canucks in the first round, the Flames pulled off a huge upset, beating the Presidents Trophy-winning Red Wings in the second round. The sky was the limit for the Flames after taking down the Wings, and they almost came through. After beating San Jose in the Conference Final, they would square off against the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Cup. The Flames jumped out to a 3-2 series lead, but would devastatingly lose the final two games of the series, making the Lightning the 2004 Stanley Cup champions. The Flames were ridiculously close to winning the cup considering the series went the distance, and both game 6 and game 7 losses were one-goal games. There was also a controversial call in Game 6 where Flames forward Martin Gelinas looked to score a late goal to break a 2-2 tie, but it did not count. Replays showed that the puck did cross the line:The Flames were awfully close, and if a couple calls went their way, they couldve been the latest Canadian team to win a cup.Vancouver CanucksIts hard to forget the spirited run the Vancouver Canucks put together during the 2011 playoffs. The Canucks were actually a cup favorite, as they would finish first in the league and win the Presidents Trophy. They carried over their great regular season play over to the playoffs, knocking off the Blackhawks, Predators, and the Sharks in the opening three rounds. Players like the Sedins, Kesler, Burrows, and Bieksa were the anchors of their success. Luongo definitely struggled at times during the playoffs but ended up having a solid performance overall, recording four shutouts. The Canucks would face off against the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup, but after jumping out to a 3-2 series lead, they would eventually lose the series in 7 games. With so much on the line, it was surprising to see the Canucks lose 4-0 in the seventh game in a pretty slow paced game. It was still a great run, and the furthest the Canucks would get in the Luongo era. You can check out a tribute to their run here:Edmonton OilersThe Oilers arguably had the most exciting playoff run out of any Canadian team since the Habs won it all in 1993. In 2006, the Oilers qualified for the playoffs as the eighth and final seed of the Western Conference. They were underdogs all the way through, but they just kept winning. First they took down the Presidents Trophy-winning Detroit Red Wings. They would then beat the Sharks in the second round and easily knock off the Ducks in the Conference Final in just five games. All of a sudden, the eighth seeded Oilers were in the Stanley Cup Final against the Carolina Hurricanes. Chris Pronger, Shawn Horcoff, Fernando Pasani, Ales Hemsky, and Ryan Smyth were some of the key pieces that carried the Oilers to the Cup Final. But nobody on the roster was more important than their goalie, Dwayne Roloson, who caught fire during the post-season. Roloson ended the playoffs with a .927 save percentage, but would unfortunately injure himself in the opening game of the Cup Final. Jussi Markkanen would start for the Oilers the rest of the way, and although he played fine, he did not bring the same quality of goaltending that Roloson brought. The Oilers would not be able to take down Cam Ward and the Hurricanes, as they would lose in seven games in a close series. It was fun to watch as they over-achieved with their underdog status and as many Oilers fans will tell you; you never know what could have happened if Roloson did not get hurt. You can see the Roloson injury here:So there you have it. Canadas Western Conference teams have gotten much closer to the Cup than the Eastern Conference teams since the Habs Cup win in 1993. The Winnipeg Jets just rejoined the league so they are yet to have a noteworthy run. Youve seen the East, and now youve seen the West. Who do you think was the closest Canadian team to winning a Stanley Cup since 1993? And which Canadian team do you think will break the slump and win it next? Tweet us @BarDown. Cyber Monday Basketball Jerseys .com) - Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points with eight rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a 92-80 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Authentic Basketball Jerseys . Liriano pitched in and out of trouble in his duel with Josh Beckett, and Ike Davis homered to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 Friday night. https://www.fakebasketballjerseys.com/ . Bookies were offering odds of 13/1 before kickoff that the home team Houston Dynamo would prevail by three goals to nil.BOISE, Idaho -- Western Michigan couldnt cap its turnaround season with its first bowl victory in school history. Air Force beat the Broncos 38-24 on Saturday night in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, dropping them to 0-6 in bowl games. Western Michigan was 8-5 this season after going 1-11 last year. This group accomplished an awful lot, Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck said. Im proud of this football team. We had the greatest turnaround in MAC history, but were still not there yet. Air Force knows how to win and deserves a ton of credit. Western Michigan, which used the motto Row The Boat all season, was in the right place for that motto Saturday. Playing in a driving rainstorm on a waterlogged blue field, the Broncos tried to row themselves back into the game after falling behind 23-10 after three quarters. Pinned at their own 8, Western Michigan embarked on a nine play, 92-yard drive that was capped by the second of three touchdown passes from Zach Terrell to Corey Davis. The 35-yard hookup made it 23-17 with 13:26 to play. After holding the Falcons, Western Michigans Daniel Braverman returned a punt for a touchdown and appeared to pull his team even. The play was called back because of an illegal block in the back. It was a penalty, Fleck said. We didnt need the block. Youre not going to beat a team like that making that many mistakes. Western Michigan moved into Air Force territory, but the comeback ended quickly. Terrell was hit while scrambling by Falcon linebacker Shane Proctor and fumbled. Air Force defensive back Dexter White scooped up the loose ball and returned it 60 yards for the clinching touchdown. That was big, Air Force linebacker Jordan Pierce said. Im proud of our defence. That touchdown really turned the game in our favour - thats all she wrote. Terrell said he was looking for Taylor when he started to scramble. I didnt realize someone was behind me, Terrell said. The ball is our program. I cant leet that happen. Wholesale Basketball Jerseys. I have to have a vice grip on the ball and cant let it get out. Fleck agreed that play was a back-breaker. Thats a 14-point swing in about 35 seconds, Fleck said. Weve got to learn from that and find ways to win. Thats how quick a football game can change. Davis finished with 8 catches for 176 yards and three touchdowns to earn the Most Valuable Player honours for his team. Western Michigan started strong, recovering a fumble on the first play from scrimmage that set up a 25-yard field goal by Andrew Haldeman and led 10-6 after Davis first touchdown grab, a 47-yarder. Air Force, though, rallied in the second quarter to take the lead for good. Sophomore running back Shayne Dalvern scored his second touchdown of the game on a career-long 55-yard run to give the Falcons a 13-10 advantage. Dalvern finished with 102 yards and two touchdowns to earn the Air Force MVP award. Dalvern also carried six yards on a fake punt in the second quarter that picked up a first down and allowed his team to take a 20-10 lead when Devin Rushing capped the 15-play, 80-yard drive on a fourth day play. In the first half, the Broncos hurt themselves. Two penalties on third down gave Air Force first downs on their first scoring drive. Thats uncharacteristic of us, Fleck said, adding that the penalties all seemed to come at critical junctures of the game. Air Force, which also had one of the best turnarounds in college football this season, became the first team since 2010 to go from a 10-loss season to a 10-win campaign. The Falcons were 2-10 in 2013 and finished 10-3 this season. Air Force ran for 284 yards and converted all four of its chances in the red zone. Western Michigan entered the game averaging 178.5 yards per game rushing but finished with only 79 on 26 carries. Give Air Force all the credit, Fleck said. It was like running uphill, both ways in the snow backwards against their defence. ' ' '

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