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Sunday hockey notes

Hit on Lars Eller may have greater impact

It's been 30 years since the Islanders and Oilers took turns winning the championship in back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals. In the 28 postseasons since, it's proven to be a bad omen to lose in the final round. Of the 28 runners-up - including the Devils from last spring - six have missed the playoffs the following season, and only one got back to the Cup Final (the 2008-09 Penguins, who won it all). Click on each round to see how many runners-up made it that far the following year, and their record:

COMPILED BY SEAN SMITH

6

No
playoffs

12

Lost
1st rd

7

Lost
2d rd

2

Lost
3d rd

1

Cup Final

1984

Islanders

Next: 40-34-6
1985

Flyers

Next: 53-23-4
1986

Flames

Next: 46-31-3
1987

Flyers

Next: 38-33-9
1988

Bruins

Next: 37-29-14
1989

Canadiens

Next: 41-28-11
1990

Bruins

Next: 44-24-12
1991

North Stars

Next: 32-42-6
1992

Blackhawks

Next: 47-25-12
1993

Kings

Next: 27-45-12
1994

Canucks

Next: 18-18-12
1995

Red Wings

Next: 62-13-7
1996

Panthers

Next: 35-28-19
1997

Flyers

Next: 42-29-11
1998

Capitals

Next: 31-45-6
1999

Sabres

Next: 35-32-11-4
2000

Stars

Next: 48-24-8-2
2001

Devils

Next: 41-28-9-4
2002

Hurricanes

Next: 22-43-11-6
2003

Ducks

Next: 29-35-10-8
2004

Flames

Next: 46-25-11
2006

Oilers

Next: 32-43-7
2007

Senators

Next: 43-31-8
2008

Penguins

Next: 45-28-9
2009

Red Wings

Next: 44-24-14
2010

Flyers

Next: 47-23-12
2011

Canucks

Next: 51-22-9
2012

Devils

Next: 19-19-10

Luke Knox/Globe staff

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