5 Vancouver Canucks (49-28-5) 103 Points
Two teams from Canada in the Top 5? Well, the Canucks did win the Northwest Division and got to the second round of the playoffs before losing to the Blackhawks.
4 New Jersey Devils (48-27-7) 103 Points
Sure the Devils won the Atlantic Division again and went out in the first round of the playoffs 4-1 to the Flyers. But Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is as old as time and still is one of the best in the league. Brodeur was a beast leading the league in games played (77), wins (45), shutouts (9), minutes (4,499) and was third in goals against average (2.24). He keeps this team relevant year after year.
3 Montreal Candiens (39-33-10) 88 Points
Oh those Canadiens! Another great run by an eighth seed. So determined to bring the happiness back to Canada by winning the cup that used to make its home in Montreal. At this rate, the Montreal Expos will win the World Series before the Canadiens or any team from Canada wins the cup. Oh, wait a minute! The Expos play in Washington D.C. now. Never mind.
2 San Jose Sharks (50-20-11) 113 Points
Give the Sharks credit. They nearly escaped being the choke artists that we've come to love. They came close and reached the Western Conference finals. The only team north of Los Angeles and south of Canada on the Pacific could make people in the bay area talk about hockey the way they talk about earthquakes, iPhones and video games if they could just seal the deal and win a cup or two.
1 Chicago Blackhawks (52-22-8) 112 Points
Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Toews, James Norris Memorial Trophy winner Duncan Keith and short-handed goals leader, Marian Hossa (Marian? Must be a Canadian) saved us from having to hear about another team taking forever to winanother title. But somewhere in the north side of Chicago and Wrigley Field, Cubs fans don't give a damn.
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