5 Chicago Blackhawks (46-24-12) 104 Points
The Blackhawks went out in the second round to the Red Wings in five games. But the third seeded team from the West weren't kidding around when they and their fans said, "you just wait until next year!"
4 Washington Capitals (50-24-8) 108 Points
The Caps had the season's Hart Memorial Trophy winner as the league's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year, and goals leader in Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin scored 56 goals, had 54 assists for 110 points overall. If Washington had anyone else scoring this would have been an even better team.The Capitals lost in a wild seven game series in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in a battle of superstars in Ovechkin vs. Crosby/Malkin of the Penguins.
3 Boston Bruins (53-19-10) 116 Points
The Bruins were the Northeast Division champion and top seeded team in the east. Unlike the Sharks in the west, the Bruins at least waited until the Eastern Conference semifinals to be eliminated as they were ousted by the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games.Come on Bruins! You are one of the NHL's original six and you were ousted by some upstart team from the South of all places? Tim Thomas won the Venzina Trophy as the league's best goalie with a record 36-11-7 with a 2.10 Goals Against Average.
2 Detroit Red Wings (51-21-10) 112 Points
The Red Wings aren't called Red for nothing. You see how many commies have been on this team over the years? The Central Division championshave been a dynasty and truly one of the best and most feared teams of this era. The Red Wings were heavily favored to bring another title to Hockeytown, but the birds from Steeltown stole their thunder and won it all. That's what I'm saying! USA! USA! USA! Wait a minute. Detroit is in the USA too. Who would have thought?
1 Pittsburgh Penguins (45-28-9) 99 Points
The Penguins upset the always dangerous Detroit Red Wings in seven really decent games for Lord Stanley’s Cup. Sidney Crosby finally won the cup in his fourth year in the league ending a horrible drought. But the All-Star wasn't even the best player on this team. That honor went to center EvgeniMalkin, who led the league in assists with 78, and was the overall points leader with 113. And Crosby?The poor bastard. You would have thought he was LeBron James or someone. At least he didn't guarantee that he and the Penguins would win another six championships.
Error parsing XSLT file: \xslt\ListTags.xslt