Stanley Cup Playoffs: Ranking the Best Game 7s in the Past Decade

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Ranking the Best Game 7s in the Past Decade
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This is the usual scene when a team perseveres and wins Game 7 in a playoff series (shown are New Jersey Devils after last season's first round series win vs. the Florida Panthers).

If you're a die-hard hockey fan, there's nothing more exciting than a seven-game series in the NHL playoffs.

How about Sunday's thrilling Game 7 win, when Detroit came back from a two-game deficit to beat Anaheim and advance to the Western Conference Semifinals against their arch rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks, in what has the potential to be one of the most-watched playoff series in a long time.

Or how about Monday's Game 7 to determine whether the Washington Capitals or New York Rangers, or the Boston Bruins or Toronto Maple Leafs, will advance to the second round? We can't wait for those games to start, that's for sure!

Let's face it, 4-0 or 4-1 series blowouts are fairly boring, especially for the losing team and its fans.

But a back-and-forth seven-game series, or one where a team takes a dominating 3-0 or 3-1 lead, only to watch the underdog come back, well, it just doesn't get much better than that.

And what's neat about some of the best nail-biting Game 7s are they occur in series that weren't necessarily considered marquee matchups heading into the playoffs.

We look back on the last decade (from 2003-2012) of Game 7s in the Stanley Cup playoffs and pick the 10 best. This list does not include Stanley Cup Finals because that's a whole other slideshow for another time.

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