Oh yeah, by the way, the team that actually took home Lord Stanley’s Cup was the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was the first time the Penguins won the cup since the Super Mario Lemieux era where he led the franchise to two in a row in the early 1991 and 1992. The fourth seeded team out of the Eastern Conference defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings in the finals for the cup.
Even better news for American hockey fans. For the 16th straight year, a team from Canada did not win the Stanley Cup. The Montreal Canadiens (the last team to win the cup) and Calgary Flames both went down in flames in the first round. The Vancouver Canucks, which won the Northeast Division reached the second round and were sent to the golf course early by the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Here are the Top 5 NHL Teams for the 2008-2009 season.
5 Chicago Blackhawks (46-24-12) 104 Points
4 Washington Capitals (50-24-8) 108 Points
3 Boston Bruins (53-19-10) 116 Points
2 Detroit Red Wings (51-21-10) 112 Points
1 Pittsburgh Penguins (45-28-9) 99 Points
San Jose Sharks (53-18-11) 117 Points
The Sharks did have the best record in the league after all. Too bad they never know what to do with it in the playoffs. They are a lower seeded team’s dream!
Carolina Hurricanes (45-30-7) 97 Points
Hardly anyone noticed the Hurricanes during the season and the playoffs, except for the fans and teams they were beating. They reached the Eastern Conference Finals where the Penguins sent this Cinderella team home packing in a humbling four game sweep.
Anaheim Ducks (42-33-7) 91 Points
The Ducks snuck into the playoffs and showed everyone that they were still Mighty by knocking out the top-seeded Sharks in six games. The Ducks weren’t done and came with a goal of shocking the world and nearly defeated the Red Wings in Detroit4-3 in a fantastic seven game series.