NHL’s 20 great­est teams filled with Stan­ley Cup dy­nas­ties

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

The “Great One” thinks the 1986-87 Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers are the great­est team he played on, but there’s no short­age of de­bate over whether that’s the best team of all-time.

Four of Wayne Gret­zky’s 1980s Oil­ers dy­nasty teams are among the 20 “Great­est NHL teams” as voted by fans dur­ing the league’s 100th an­niver­sary. Also among the top 20 are three teams from the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens’ 1970s run and three from the New York Is­landers’ 1980s stretch when each dy­nasty cap­tured four Stan­ley Cup ti­tles in a row be­fore pass­ing the torch to Ed­mon­ton.

Six-time Cup-win­ning de­fence­man Kevin Lowe said he and Gret­zky agreed the 1987 Oil­ers were the best of the bunch of teams that filled the rafters in Ed­mon­ton with blue, white and orange ban­ners dur­ing one of the finest eras of hockey dom­i­nance, even though it took seven games to beat the Philadel­phia Fly­ers in the fi­nal.

“When (Kent) Nils­son got here, I think we went 10-1 in the reg­u­lar sea­son,” Lowe said. “There was just so much of­fence. I don’t know if that was sta­tis­ti­cally our best Stan­ley Cup run as a team. It prob­a­bly wasn’t be­cause we went to seven with the Fly­ers. But Wayne and I both thought that that seemed like the best over­all team.”

The 1983-84, ‘84-85, ‘86-87 and ‘87-88 Oil­ers, ‘75-76, ‘76-77 and ‘77-78 Cana­di­ens, ‘79-89, ‘8182 and ‘82-83 Is­landers, ‘90-91, ‘91-92 and 2015-16 Pitts­burgh Pen­guins, ‘97-98 and ‘01-02 Detroit Red Wings, ‘69-70 Bos­ton Bru­ins, ‘88-89 Cal­gary Flames, ‘93-94 New York Rangers, ‘00-01 Colorado Avalanche and ‘09-10 Chicago Black­hawks were voted the top 20 teams of all-time.

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