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from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

The most successful team over that stretch has been the Detroit Red Wings, who won the 2009 Stanley Cup to go along with 244 regular season wins, or an average of 107 points a season.

Tied right with them in wins over that period are the San Jose Sharks, who never had much playoff success but have been one of the NHL’s best regular season teams for nearly a decade.

Both are out after five games in Round 1.

It’s a list that goes on and on. After Detroit and San Jose, the most successful teams between 2007-08 and this season have been Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Washington, New Jersey, Boston and Chicago.

And only one will be playing in Round 2 this year: The winner of Wednesday’s Game 7 between Boston and Washington.

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It’s a list that goes on and on. After Detroit and San Jose, the most successful teams between 2007-08 and this season have been Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Washington, New Jersey, Boston and Chicago.

And only one will be playing in Round 2 this year: The winner of Wednesday’s Game 7 between Boston and Washington.

A bit nitpicky of me, but isn’t Mirtle forgetting that New Jersey is still in the running, albeit they need to win a Game 6 and then a Game 7 against Florida?  So that would make two potential round 2 teams who fit the ‘successful’ mold if they can pull that off.

Posted by Michael Turner from Columbus, OH on 04/24/12 at 01:55 PM ET

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The most successful team over that stretch has been the Detroit Red Wings, who won the 2009 Stanley Cup…

I’m just stoked to hear that the NHL handed over the ‘09 cup to the Wings!

Posted by torless on 04/24/12 at 02:01 PM ET

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The most successful team over that stretch has been the Detroit Red Wings, who won the 2009 Stanley Cup…

I’m just stoked to hear that the NHL handed over the ‘09 cup to the Wings!

Posted by torless on 04/24/12 at 12:01 PM ET

Yep, back to back, 08 and 09, didn’t you hear?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/24/12 at 02:02 PM ET

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Michael, I was about to say the same. In addition, he wrote:

“the Detroit Red Wings, who won the 2009 Stanley Cup”

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 04/24/12 at 02:06 PM ET

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The most successful team over that stretch has been the Detroit Red Wings, who won the 2009 Stanley Cup

And you guys say they handed that Cup to the Pens…can we call it even, now?  smile

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 04/24/12 at 02:34 PM ET

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The NHL not taking in-game discipline seriously, anyone? Skill loses out. Again.

Posted by Mike from Toronto on 04/24/12 at 02:41 PM ET

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The Red Wings are quickly becoming the Abe Vigoda of the NHL. Rumors of their demise are greatly exaggerated. Yes, they stunk out loud through that NSH series, but they are still a 100+ pts/yr team in the tougher division. Just because they did not win 62 games does not mean they’re lackluster.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/24/12 at 03:43 PM ET

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The Red Wings are quickly becoming the Abe Vigoda of the NHL. Rumors of their demise are greatly exaggerated. Yes, they stunk out loud through that NSH series, but they are still a 100+ pts/yr team in the tougher division. Just because they did not win 62 games does not mean they’re lackluster.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/24/12 at 01:43 PM ET

Yeah, too bad they’re soft as marshmallows.

Posted by phillyphever on 04/24/12 at 05:06 PM ET

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12 Cups? I didn’t know.  Great writing.(sarcasm)

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/12 at 05:55 PM ET

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The Red Wings are quickly becoming the Abe Vigoda of the NHL. Rumors of their demise are greatly exaggerated

He may not be dead, but he sure is old!

Posted by timbits on 04/24/12 at 10:25 PM ET

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The Red Wings are quickly becoming the Abe Vigoda of the NHL. Rumors of their demise are greatly exaggerated.

Red Wings went out quick because that was their nightmare matchup in the West, but it’s hard to argue that all the teams mirtle mentioned don’t have gaping holes in the lineup, which wasn’t necessarily obvious coming into the season for most of them (Chicago would be the exception with their awful goaltending).

Posted by larry from pitt on 04/24/12 at 10:32 PM ET

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