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Repeat drought: why it's so hard to win back-to-back titles in the NHL

Repeat drought: why it's so hard to win back-to-back titles in the NHL

Funny thing, the bounce of a puck.

Or not such a funny thing if you're Nick Leddy and Corey Crawford and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks and it's overtime in Game 7 of the 2014 Western Conference finals against the Kings.

Nope, not funny when Alec Martinez's shot from the left point hits Leddy and caroms behind Crawford. Not funny at all when the Kings win the West on that goal and then win the Cup that hijacked the Hawks' attempt to become the first repeat champion in the salary-cap era.

"Yeah, I've thought about it before,'' Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said, chuckling. "You look at that year, and we'd certainly be on the brink of...

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