Oh, what might have been.
How often that lament has been sung by teams that put together brilliant seasons only to be derailed by a better or hotter team in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
We are all familiar with the great teams that have won Stanley Cup championships over the years. Teams like the great Montreal Canadiens dynasty of the late 1970s, the New York Islanders of the early '80's, the Edmonton Oilers and the powerful Detroit Red Wings, who won championships and in the 1990s and into the next decade.
But what of the teams that didn't win? Teams like the 1972 New York Rangers that were stellar but couldn't overcome Bobby Orr and the Boston Bruins. Don Cherry's 1979 Bruins may have been among the best teams ever, but they had to go up against the greatest of the Canadiens' teams and lost by the slimmest of margins.
Here's a look at the 10 best teams that failed to win the Stanley Cup since the start of the expansion era in 1967-68.