Playoff pressure and curse factor loom over final four

Updated: May 10, 2007, 3:23 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

Curses, foiled again.

(Bonus points for knowing the genesis of that quote. Hint: It wasn't Brett Hull ... or even Bobby Hull.)

Each of the NHL's final four teams is battling a burden, fighting a perception, attempting to overcome bad karma that to some extent can add to the otherwise significant pressure.

It's one more reason that when the Sabres, Senators, Ducks or Red Wings gather on the ice with the Stanley Cup and pose for the celebratory picture, they will have passed ...

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