In a best of 7 or 5 series, I'm sure they would have won a title, just as Mich would likely have won the one we got in '97. But in a one-and-done tournament, all bets are off. Bounces and deflections. Denver could have won that semi game in '16.
That's why I'm sure I'm in the minority in how I value team accomplishments. Banners are great, and the coaches and boys work toward that goall all year. But I'd rather watch great team winning hockey games weekend after weekend with no banner at the end than see a "good" team put it all together at the end and win the banner. I guess I just don't get that much long-term pleasure from the bragging rights that go along with the title. But again, it's all about the players and staff, and it's a very important goal to them, as it should be.
I miss Sparky.