When the Stanley Cup Finals roll around, there are many fans that utter this phrase in one form or another: "I hope this series goes the full seven games." And while it's unlikely that the NJ Devils will be able to extend the LA Kings to seven games in the 2012 Cup Finals, there's still a chance, and that chance is what we live for as hockey fans.
There are few thrills greater than watching an NHL playoff Game 7, knowing that everything is on the line for both teams. That emotion ratchets up even higher when the Game 7 in question is to decide who walks away with Lord Stanley's Cup.
Surprisingly, we have seen only 15 Stanley Cup Finals series reach seven games. What follows are the five best of those 15 games.