Are the 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins the best team ever?
You can decide.
In December, trading card giant Upper Deck started a weekly bracketed 16-team online tournament featuring hockey’s greatest-ever single season squads. The winner will be included in its All-Time Greatest Collection, the first-ever fan-selected trading card set in any sport, available at retail this fall.
The finals are this week, pitting Andy Bathgate’s 1963-64 Toronto Maple Leafs against Mario Lemieux’s 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins.
In their respective Stanley Cups, the Leafs won in seven games over Detroit – while the Pens swept Chicago in four contests.
But, in Upper Deck’s All-Time Greatest Tournament, it’s the Leafs that haven’t let it get close, at no point being behind an opponent. And, they’ve racked up the tourney’s most-impressive wins, capturing the highest team vote total in every round.
The Pens? In round two – in the virtual third period, just two days before voting ended – they were down to the 1981-82 NY Islanders, but came back to advance to the semifinals.
Currently, the Leafs are up, but just barely: 54 to 46 percent. Voting ends at midnight Saturday at www.thealltimegreatest.com.
Coincidentally, the current versions of the Leafs and Pens play against each other in the season finale, April 18.