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Victors Don't Always Get the Spoils

March 28, 2000

The St. Louis Blues appear well on theri way to finishing with the NHL's best regular-season record. But last season marked the first in five that the team with the best regular-season record also managed to win the Stanley Cup.

Breaking down the past five seasons:

1998-99 Dallas was 51-19-12; Dallas won the cup.

1997-98 Dallas was 49-22-11; Detroit (44-23-15) won the cup.

1996-97 Colorado was 49-24-9; Detroit (38-26-10) won the cup.

1995-96 Detroit was 62-13-7; Colorado (47-25-10) won the cup.

1994-95 Detroit was 33-11-4; New Jersey (22-18-8) won the cup.

Source: NHL Record Book

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