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Some expect Crosby to elevate NHL in first Cup finals, but is that fair?

Updated: May 22, 2008, 8:28 PM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

There is a sense that an enormous opportunity is at hand for the National Hockey League with this year's Stanley Cup finals.

Perhaps, just perhaps, it's the most significant chance for the NHL's Great Leap Forward since the New York Rangers snared the Stanley Cup in 1994, an opportunity squandered through a host of problems, including a deadly boring style of game, labor issues, reckless expansion and an inability to cement a major U.S. television presence.

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