Ok, bad Canadian here, but I was not a believer in the Ottawa Senators until close to the end. Then I believed they really thought they could do it, but the Pittsburgh Penguins scored in double OT to win game 7, and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals (facing the Western Conference Champion **Nashville Predators **).
Next hope is 2018, 25 years after the last Canadian city to win.
Canada’s last Stanley Cup was 1993 (Montreal Canadiens over LA Kings).
1994 - NY Rangers over Vancouver
2004 - Tampa Bay over Calgary
2006 - Carolina over Edmonton
2007 - Anaheim over Ottawa
2011 - Boston over Vancouver
Montreal had 4 in a row, from '76 - '79, but then the NY Islanders had 4 in a row ('80 - '83)
Then 7 straight Canadian (Edmonton '84 & '85, '87 & '88, '90 - Montreal in '86 and Calgary '88 (those two were rematches against each other)).
Pittsburgh (Lemieux) had back-to-back in 1991 and 1992, and then Montreal in 1993.
So after 1993, basically, the Hockey Gods swung the pendulum the other way, big time, enough that a significant amount of people were born after 1993, and only know stories.
Worse if you localize on Toronto; 1967 - cause only 50+ year-olds would remember, and now they’re starting to forget…
taking myself out of the play with that last comment.
have to work in morning, and time for bed, after last beer of course.
Edit: corrected mistake. Predators (had called them something different. Whoops!)