Ranking the Worst Mistakes of the 2014 NHL Playoffs so Far

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Ranking the Worst Mistakes of the 2014 NHL Playoffs so Far
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Each year, when a team hoists a Stanley Cup, it feels it was destiny all along—a predetermined path to a championship.

In reality, every team's journey is fraught with twists and turns. Champions capitalize on their opportunities and take advantage of the mistakes that can give them an advantage along the way.

Mistakes come in many forms—poor on-ice play, bad coaching decisions, poor calls from the officials, even difficult decrees from the NHL offices. Sometimes the consequences are huge, and sometimes they can be brushed off.

Here's a look at the results of six of the worst mistakes that have impacted the 2014 playoffs so far.

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