Blackhawks reaching for rare air

The Blackhawks celebrated after their Game 7 win on Wednesday.

Steve Lundy/Daily Herald via AP

The Blackhawks celebrated after their Game 7 win on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks, runaway winners of the Presidents’ Trophy, were the 11th team in the last 20 years to finish in the top three in the league in both goals for and goals against during the regular season. They have a chance to become only the second team of that group to win the Stanley Cup.

Teams shown with GF rank; GA rank; and how they fared in the playoffs:


1993-94 - Devils; 2d (3.64); 2d (2.62); Lost East finals (2.60 GF, 2.45 GA)

1994-95 - Red Wings; 3d (3.75); 2d (2.44); Lost Cup Final (3.39 GF, 2.44 GA)

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1995-96 - Red Wings; 3d (3.96); 1st (2.21); Lost West finals (3.05 GF, 2.42 GA)

1997-98 - Stars; 3d (2.95); 2d (2.04); Lost West finals (2.12 GF, 1.88 GA)

1999-2000 - Blues; 3d (3.02); 1st (2.01); Lost West quarters (3.14 GF, 2.86 GA)


2005-06 - Senators; 1st (3.83); 3d (2.57); Lost East semis (3.60 GF, 2.90 GA)

2005-06 - Red Wings; 2d (3.72); 2d (2.55); Lost West quarters (2.83 GF, 3.17 GA)

2007-08 - Red Wings; 3d (3.13); 1st (2.24); Won Cup Final (3.27 GF, 1.86 GA)

2008-09 - Bruins; 2d (3.34); 1st (2.39); Lost East semis (3.09 GF, 2.00 GA)

2010-11 - Canucks; 1st (3.20); 1st (2.26); Lost Cup Final (2.32 GF, 2.76 GA)

2012-13 - Blackhawks; 2d (3.23); 1st (2.12); Reached West finals

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