Putting all that aside, the Blackhawks captured their first Stanley Cup since the Kennedy administration against the hapless Philadelphia Flyers in six games. Hapless, because the Flyers have lost their last six Stanley Cup finals appearances. The Blackhawks went into the playoffs as the second seeded team in the Western Conference after winning the Central Division. To no one’s surprise, the Blackhawks advanced to the finals by sweeping the San Jose Sharks, which won the Pacific Division and had the best record in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks were so good and so balanced as a team that hardly anyone ranked in the top 5 in the major scoring categories. Goalie AnttiNiemi was fourth in the league with a 2.25 Goals Against Average, and tied for third in shutouts with seven.
Here are the Top 5 NHL Teams of 2009-10.
5 Vancouver Canucks (49-28-5) 103 Points
4 New Jersey Devils (48-27-7) 103 Points
3 Montreal Candiens (39-33-10) 88 Points
2 San Jose Sharks (50-20-11) 113 Points
1 Chicago Blackhawks (52-22-8) 112 Points
Philadelphia Flyers (41-35-6) 88 Points
Always the bridesmaid and never the bride. Or at least since the 1974-75 season when they last won the cup.
Detroit Red Wings (44-24-14) 102 Points
Second place in the Central Division to the Blackhawks isn’t too shabby. But the 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks in the second round was.
Washington Capitals (54-15-13) 121 Points
The Capitals won the President’s Cup for most points and the best record and go out in the first round with one of the best players in the league. Who does this team thinks it is? The San Jose Sharks?