Colin Fleming's fiction appears in AGNI, Commentary, Boulevard, the VQR, and Cincinnati Review, and he also writes for Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vice, and JazzTimes. He's the author of The Anglerfish Comedy Troupe: Stories from the Abyss, and a regular guest on NPR's Weekend Edition.
For one magical playoff run, these players posted stats that seem almost impossible. While they didn't raise the Stanley Cup or any other hardware at the time, these players certainly made these postseasons ones to remember.
When Wayne Gretzky is the fouth-fastest skater on a team, it's easy to give it the nod as one of the best-skating teams on NHL history. The 1987 Edmonton Oilers, stocked with players like Gretzky, Paul Coffey and Mark Messier, are that team.
A goalie can steal a game, a hot one can steal an entire postseason series. J.S. Giguere and Jaroslav Halak are among the netminders who went down in hockey lore for their acts of Stanley Cup playoff thievery.
In the mid-to-late 1970s, with Don Cherry at the helm, the Boston Bruins were remade as a team full of grinders and enforcers. A Stanley Cup would elude them, but the Lunch Pail A.C. would give the locals plenty to cheer about.