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Joel Quenneville has coached in 1211 NHL regular season games and won 660 of them. But despite his two recent Stanley Cups, one thing had escaped Quenneville until the 2013 playoffs.
Quenneville had never beaten the Detroit Red Wings in the playoffs. This wasn't just a one-time or a two-time affair.
The Red Wings had defeated Quenneville's team in five consecutive playoff meetings dating back to 1996-97. Not only had Quenneville's team lost to the Red Wings, but every year that he lost to them, they either won the Cup (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008) or went on to the Stanley Cup Final (2009).
This year was different.
Quenneville's Chicago Blackhawks went down 3-1 to the Red Wings and things were looking bleak for their coach to ever beat the Red Wings in the playoffs.
But Chicago came back to win the series, giving their coach his first ever series win over the Red Wings. Things rolled from there as the Blackhawks won their second Cup in four years.
Quenneville obviously benefits from some extreme talent on his roster, but all of that talent had to come together this year and pull in the right direction for a Stanley Cup to be won. The Blackhawks went 21-0-3 to start the season, a record for a team to start the season.
The 54-year-old Quenneville might not have to do much to get the talent out of his team, but he now owns two Cup rings and a series win over the Red Wings.
All statistics via NHL.com.
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