posted by like_that
How the hell did the NHL allow an expansion team make it to the Stanley Cup Finals?
I think that might be one of the more legitimately bizarre sports stories in a long time. Kind of if you took Loyola's NCAA tournament run, but:
1. They played the same opposition that all the power conference teams played and were still one of the top teams in the nation.
2. They beat Michigan to make the finals.
3. All their NCAA wins were in best-of series instead of one game win-and-go-homes.
It was insane enough that they had such a good regular season, but I figured they'd be taken out quickly in the playoffs with them being a team that busted ass every single night to get where they were and going against a team that could afford to coast from time to time, but who would be going 100% in the postseason, but they just keep advancing and looking like the superior team in every series. Just seems mind-boggling that an expansion team mainly composed of guys whom other teams were willing to dump off could have a season remotely like this.