Top 10 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7s Since the Lockout

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Top 10 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7s Since the Lockout
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The resolution of the NHL lockout in 2005 signaled the transition into a new era for the NHL.  As before the work stoppage, however, there have been several lengthy and exciting series that have culminated in a decisive game 7.  In total, there have been twenty-four of these series-deciders in the past six years.  In this slideshow I'll rank the top ten Game 7s based on two criteria:

1. The quality of the game, and

2. The importance/context of the game.

This means that a Conference Final or Stanley Cup Final Game 7 carries more weight than a first-round encounter.  Games that are especially exciting, particularly overtime games, also tend to be ranked higher.  Without further ado, here are the top ten Game 7s since the NHL lockout.

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