Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lucky No. 7? for Canada's NHL Teams, More Seventh Hell Than Seventh Heaven

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lucky No. 7? for Canada's NHL Teams, More Seventh Hell Than Seventh Heaven

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Game 7 not so lucky for NHL's Canadian teams

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If the Winnipeg Jets are going to be the first Canadian NHL team in a quarter of a century to win a Stanley Cup, they'll have to buck a recent trend of this country's clubs losing the seventh game of a playoff series.

The lone Canadian team remaining in the 2018 playoffs, the Jets have to beat the Nashville Predators in Thursday's Game 7 for the right to face the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference final.

Of Canada's seven NHL teams, six have lost their most recent Game 7, and some have done it in dagger-to-the-heart, eye-rolling style.

The fun fact that a Canadian club hasn't won a Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993 isn't so fun anymore.

A Canadian team hasn't played in a Cup final since 2011 when the Vancouver Canucks lost in -- wait for it -- a seventh game to the Boston Bruins.

Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton have all lost Game 7 of a Cup final since the Habs hoisted the trophy 25 years ago.

Here's a look at Canada's NHL teams and their recent seventh-game history:

MONTREAL CANADIENS

The Habs are the last Canadian team to win a Game 7, downing the Bruins 3-1 in the final contest of their second-round series in 2014.

Eliminating the regular season's top team might have been a springboard to a title if Montreal didn't lose goaltender Carey Price to a knee injury in the opener of the conference final against the New York Rangers.

Price didn't play again after the first game of the series, which the Rangers won 4-2.

OTTAWA SENATORS

In the dagger-to-the-heart category, Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored in double overtime in Game 7 of the 2017 Eastern Conference final to oust the Sens.

It was the closest the modern-day Senators had come to winning a title since losing the 2007 Cup final in five games to the Anaheim Ducks.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Fresher Game 7 pain is courtesy of the Leafs last month when Toronto was up 4-3 on Boston heading into the third period, only to lose 7-4 and depart the post-season in the first round. …

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