Daniel was the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season (41 goals, 104 points) and twin brother Henrik ranked fourth (94 points), but in the Stanley Cup Final, the Canucks' high-powered pair was limited to a combined five points in seven games by a rugged Boston Bruins defense led by the towering Zdeno Chara and the stellar goaltending of Tim Thomas. Here are other instances of NHL stars struggling on hockey's biggest stage.
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Jeff Carter and Mike Richards
The Flyers' two top scorers during the regular season (Richards: 31 goals, 62 points; Carter: 33 goals, 61 points) had a rough time against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Cup final. Richards, the team's captain, finished the six-game series with one goal, a measly two points and a woeful -7 rating. Carter wasn't much better: two points, -6.
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After leaving the Penguins following their loss to Detroit in the 2008 Cup final, the Red Wing sniper scored 40 goals during the regular season and found himself confronting his former team for the championship. To his exasperation, Hossa was held to a mere three assists in seven games as the Penguins stormed back from a two-games-to-none deficit to capture the Cup.
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The Penguin captain's second consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearance was a painful, frustrating affair (except for the outcome) as the Red Wings kept the 103-point regular-season scorer off the board in four of the seven games, including limiting him to three shots in the final three contests. Crosby's goal and two assists came in Games 3 and 4 as the Penguins began their comeback to win the Cup, but in Game 7 he was able to play only one shift after injuring his knee when hit hard along the boards by Detroit's Johan Franzen.
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After leading the NHL in scoring with 106 points, the Russian sniper hit a big red wall in the Cup final against Detroit, who limited him to one assist through the first five games. He finally broke through with a helper and a second-period goal in Game 6, but by then the Red Wings were in command, holding the Pens to one shot in the first 17 minutes of the third frame and taking the chalice with a 3-2 win.
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A 50-goal scorer for the second consecutive season, Heatley was stifled by the rugged Ducks in the Cup final and squeezed out one assist in Ottawa's five-game loss. His underwhelming performance presaged his postseason struggles with San Jose, to whom he was traded in 2009.
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The first overall pick in the 1998 NHL draft was seen as a cornerstone player, and six years later, he made his Cup final debut. Though the Lightning won a thrilling seven-game battle with the Calgary Flames, their marquee star, a 32-goal scorer during the regular season, was held to three assists in the series. Perhaps his most notable moment was a fight with Calgary captain Jarome Iginla in Game 3, a 3-0 win by the Flames.
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The defending Cup champion Stars returned to the final against the defensively stout New Jersey Devils, who were led by blueliner Scott Stevens, the eventual Conn Smythe winner. Modano, the Stars' leading scorer with 38 goals and 81 points, had a hard time cracking goalie Martin Brodeur, ending up with a goal and three assists in the six games, four of them decided by one tally, including the final two in overtime.
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Limited to only 52 regular-season games by a groin injury and other maladies, the Flyers' captain -- who'd won the Hart Trophy in 1995-- still cranked out a healthy 32 goals and 79 points, good for second on the team. In his only Cup final appearance with Philadelphia, he managed a goal and two assists against Conn Smythe-winning goaltender Mike Vernon as the Flyers were steamrolled by Red Wings in four games. But Lindros was hardly the only frustrated Flyer as the team was held to a total of six goals in the series.
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Due to the lockout-shortened season, Detroit's illustrious captain produced a modest 12 goals and 38 points in 47 games, but he was by then recognized as the game's best two-way player. Once the playoffs began, the Red Wings seemed unstoppable, losing only twice in the first three rounds on the way to their first Cup final appearance since 1966. With Detroit itching for its first Cup since 1955, Yzerman (1 goal, 1 assist) and company were stymied in the final by the hot goaltending of Martin Brodeur as the Devils completed a stunning sweep of the Red Wings.
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The bruising Bruins power forward had a career season in 1989-90, with 55 goals and 92 points, while leading his team to the NHL's best overall record, but he met his match in the final against the underdog Oilers' Conn Smythe-winning goalie Bill Ranford, who limited him to four assists in Boston's five-game loss. The Cup was Edmonton's fifth in a seven-year span.
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The right winger, considered the best pure goal-scorer in NHL history, was coming off his seventh straight 50-plus tally season, but the Islanders' dynasty was running out of gas in its fifth consecutive Cup final appearance. In a rematch with Wayne Gretzky's Oilers, Bossy failed to score in the five games and produced only three assists as Edmonton took the Cup and began a dynasty of its own. Other Islander stalwarts who were thwarted in that series: Denis Potvin (one assist), Butch Goring (no points) and John Tonelli (no points).
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The Great One, who'd scored a whopping 71 goals and 196 points during the regular season, led his up-and-coming Oilers into their first Cup final and was promptly stoned by the three-time defending champion Islanders and their Conn Smythe-winning goaltender, Billy Smith. Gretzky had only four assists in New York's sweep. His sidekick, Mark Messier, a 106-point scorer, was held to one goal and an assist.
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The Flyers' run of two consecutive Cups ended in a sweep by goalie Ken Dryden and the Montreal Canadiens, who kept Philly's captain well in check (3 assists) after he'd enjoyed his most prolific offensive season: 30 goals, 119 points.
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The Hall of Fame center on Buffalo's famed French Connection Line scored 39 goals and 96 points during the regular season, but was limited to a goal and an assist by the defending Cup champion Flyers -- the notorious Broad Street Bullies, who won the series in six games behind the Conn Smythe goaltending of Bernie Parent. Alas, it would be Perreault's only Cup final appearance.
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Even Mr. Hockey, the NHL's most prolific scorer until some guy named Gretzky came along, had tough times with the title on the line. In 1948, his second season and first Cup final appearance, Howe failed to record a point as Detroit swept Toronto. In 1949, he tallied two assists as the Wings were swept by the Leafs. In 1966, his 10th and last Cup final, the 38-year-old six-time Hart Trophy-winner came off a solid 29-goal, 76-point season and was held to a goal and an assist in a six-game loss to Montreal that gave the defending champion Habs the Cup. And it's not that Gordie was washed-up by then. He played another five years for the Red Wings, scoring 44 goals and 103 points in 1968-69 before retiring in 1971 and later continuing his career with another six seasons in the WHA plus one more in the NHL.
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