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So close, yet so far from immortality

Page 2 looks at the best teams that fell short of championship glory. Story

Updated: January 24, 2008, 4:46 PM ET
By and Mike Philbrick | Page 2

For a team to enter the pantheon of greatness, there is one minimum requirement: a championship ring. Don't believe us? Just ask Marty Schottenheimer and his 5-13 playoff record.

So here are the 18 greatest teams (beware, New England Patriots!) that were cruising to immortality … but took a detour to the world of Marty.

1. 1996 Detroit Red Wings

Record: 62-13-7 (131 points), lost Western Conference finals 4-2 to Avalanche

What went right: The Wings set an NHL record ...

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