The Vancouver Canucks were defeated by their arch-nemesis Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Semifinals in 2009 and 2010.
They had a shot at revenge in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Only if Vancouver lost this time, it would have been a complete embarrassment.
That's because Vancouver won the President's Trophy with 117 points. They led the league in goals with 262, and surrendered the least, allowing just 185.
Daniel Sedin led the league with 104 points, Ryan Kesler won the Selke award, while Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo took home the William M. Jennings Trophy.
The Canucks had the most dominant season in franchise history, and going up against the eighth-seeded Blackhawks. There was no excuse to lose, considering Chicago made the playoffs on the last day of the season.
Vancouver took the first three games, and a sweep appeared to be on the horizon. Not so fast: Chicago blew out the Canucks in Games 4 and 5, before winning a thriller Game 6 in overtime to force Game 7.
An early Alex Burrows goal gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead, which they carried all the way into the final minutes of the third period. Jonathan Toews scored a shorthanded goal with under two minutes left—his first of the series, to force overtime.
Alex Burrows intercepted a clearing attempt from Chris Campoli, and fired a rolling puck past Corey Crawford to finally defeat the Blackhawks.
Words cannot describe how epic of a meltdown this would have been if the Canucks surrendered a 3-0 series lead to their eighth-seeded rivals. But thanks to Burrows' heroics, they did not have to worry about that.